Known for the way it always draws a convivial (and very well-dressed) crowd, the annual Melbourne Cup is undeniably a celebratory affair. And while the actual event isn’t taking place until Tuesday the 7th of November, so popular are the parties for its exciting races that Auckland’s best bars and restaurants often release tickets to their Melbourne Cup events now, all of which tend to promptly sell out. Here, we round up all the best places in Auckland to celebrate the big race, and we suggest securing your tickets now, lest you miss out.
Food, fashion and fillies collide at Sìso’s epic Melbourne Cup celebration. Starting at 11:30, guests will be greeted with a crisp glass of Mumm Rosé Champagne and treated to a delicious oyster bar before enjoying a three-course set menu. The big races will be shown live, of course, and there will also be a range of other entertainment by The Swingin’ Duet, featuring Peter Urlich and Lewis McCallum, following which Peter Urlich will take to the DJ decks to spin a selection of dance-floor classics to entice diners out of their seats. Attendees are encouraged to pull out all the sartorial stops as there will be a $1,000 Fashion in the Field voucher up for grabs, presented by lauded local fashion designer Caitlin Crisp. Tickets are $220 per person, tables will be configured in groups of six, eight, 10 or 12 and bookings are essential, so email the Sìso team here to secure your spot now.
Bivacco, Non Solo Pizza, MoVida & Bar Non Solo
A contingent of Savor Group’s most popular restaurants are promising to put on Melbourne Cup celebrations for the ages. From Bivacco’s sun-drenched, waterfront party to Non Solo Pizza’s long lunch to the elevated affairs taking place at MoVida and Bar Non Solo, there’s something in this line-up for everyone, but with tickets already running out the door, we suggest booking with haste. See here to learn more about all of Savor Group’s Melbourne Cup offerings.
Park Hyatt Auckland
Mark the ‘race that stops a nation’ at the Park Hyatt Auckland where, overlooking Auckland’s sparking harbour, you can celebrate in fine form, whether you’re looking for a fun and intimate afternoon with friends or a larger celebration. Offering live coverage of all the races from Melbourne, a raft of entertainment, Fashion in the Field spot prizes, a delicious four-course lunch, and Champagne on arrival, Park Hyatt Auckland has the perfect spaces to accommodate an unforgettable afternoon. On from 12:30pm on Tuesday the 7th of November, tickets to Park Hyatt’s celebrations are $185 per person and can be booked here.
Experience the epitome of Melbourne Cup glamour at Esther, the exceptional restaurant set on the ground floor of the QT Auckland. From Mumm Champagne on arrival to ‘Fashions on the QT Field’, encouraging guests to flaunt their individual race day style with daring fascinators or floral ensembles, Esther is really setting the stage for a day of unparalleled opulence. Enjoy a four-course long lunch feast comprising Esther’s signature favourites, perfectly complemented by expertly-curated pours by the venue’s Director of Champagne and watch all the Cup action live on screen, all while being immersed in what is shaping up to be a fun, frivolous and unforgettable afternoon, running from late morning to early evening. Tickets are $149 per person and can be secured here.
Take your Melbourne Cup celebrations to new heights at the incredible SkyBar, set on the 50th floor of the Sky Tower. Promising a luxurious twist on race-day festivities, guests will be greeted with a glass of Moët & Chandon Brut on arrival, followed by an exceptional ‘Sky Tea’ experience, comprising 10 exquisite culinary creations designed to delight your senses. As attendees enjoy delicate finger sandwiches, delicious pastries, and more, DJ Karn Hall will spin some sweet melodies to provide a vibrant ambience and set the stage for an afternoon of Melbourne Cup excitement. There will also be plenty of live race coverage and of course, those dressed to impress will go in the draw to win an array of fantastic spot prizes. Tickets for SkyBar’s Melbourne Cup Sky Tea are $105 per person, so giddy up and secure your place at this elevated affair by booking here.
Head to Parnell stalwart Cibo for an elegant afternoon of Melbourne Cup fun. From 12:30pm, attendees will be able to immerse themselves in a convivial atmosphere of fun, frivolity and delicious fare thanks to Cibo’s five-course lunch, flowing Champagne, spot prizes throughout the day, live races, betting on-site and more. Tickets for Cibo’s celebration are $189 per person and can be secured here.