Melbourne Cup in Brisbane -2014

From the archives: This post is from our original site, MyCityLife back on 23 October 2014

Canapes a-plenty, bubbles all-round and a dazzling display of cutting edge fashion – Melbourne Cup. The race that stops the nation. But what Queensland lacks in live races, we make up for in celebration. It’s time for suit up and find the finest fascinator. Spring has sprung and race fever is in the air. And MyCityLife are on track for celebrations of all descriptions across Brisbane to see you back the winner.


If French champagne is the preference as a filly or fellow that enjoys the finer aspects in life, then the Mercedes-Benz Melbourne Cup Gala at City Hall is the pick. Chic and glamorous, this is the event that has everything from an Alex Perry collection showcase to Paspaley Pearls. e’cco Bistro will giddy up, with more than $7,000 worth of prizes to be won alongside a specially curated Philip Johnson menu. Sophisticated A-listers will certainly enjoy the Melbourne Cup Spring Garden Party at The Emporium Hotel, where Liz Cantor (rather appropriate last name for racing) hosts the day with a Carla Zampatti fashion showcase. And from Portside in Hamilton, the Byblos 7th Annual Mad Hatter’s Melbourne Cup Tea Party will return with the usual Melbourne Cup madness of wackiness, rides and general garden party frivolity.


It can be hard to pinpoint whether it’s the latest fashion the joy of drinking bubbles before midday or the adrenaline and atmosphere of the big race itself. Race day isn’t complete without all three, and the Brisbane Racing Club at Doomben with VIP Spring Soiree Marquee hosted by Capulet and Montague is where throwing down bets needs to happen this Melbourne Cup day.

Doomben brings the thrill of the race to life, but Story Bridge Hotel creates an atmosphere to rival the main event. A perfect mix of glamour and sporting thrills guarantees an unforgettable Melbourne Cup experience.


Delicious canapes and courses will be served up all across The City on this race day, but to indulge in some of the finest culinary delights this city has to offer, there’s plenty of space at these starting gates. Inner City, The Euro and Urbane are offering premium three course meals. 

As top dining spots, Esquire, Pony Dining and ARIAS Brisbane from Eagle Street Pier with Moo Moo The Wine Bar & Grill in The City, Stokehouse from South Bank and Gerard’s Bistro from The Valley means premium champagnes will be flowing all day long alongside carefully curated menus of the finest dishes. From The Barracks, Libertine Bar and Restaurant sees a shared banquet of seven courses specially crafted by the chef for a swanky touch to race day.


If glamour, gourmet and good value are on the cards and all the flutters of a race with the long haul is all the go, then venues that offer a range of packages to suit every Melbourne Cup desire might make the decision easier. From The City, Blackbird Bar & Grill offers a luncheon from the restaurant and the Melbourne Cup Soiree cocktail party overlooking gorgeous riverviews. From South Bank, go elegant with the Bacchus Melbourne Cup High Tea or explore revelment at Soleil Pool Bar Garden Party. A hop skip and jump to South Brisbane, The Melbourne Cup Extravaganza at The Fox Hotel sees The Long Bar, Fish Lane Bistro and Dendy’s Rooftop laying it all out. From The Valley, Alfred & Constance has the Melbourne Cup Tiki Party or Vanguard Melbourne Cup Luncheon to satisfy any taste while at Kangaroo Point, Story Bridge Hotel is host to many an adventure, from their iconic Melbourne Cup Under the Bridge Party to the elegant Main Event in Main St Bar & Eatery or Deery’s Restaurant & Smokehouse Four Course Lunch. These multi-faceted spaces will also be host to the most festive after parties in The City.


Horses, fashion, cocktails and the open air. Garden parties and rooftops are the ideal spaces with cocktail style functions allowing mingling, schmoozing and sipping on bubbles while soaking up the sunshine. Inner City, The Laneway at The Euro and Stock Exchange Garden Party on the Rooftop have the cocktail parties to end all cocktail parties. From The Valley, Limes Hotel Rooftop & Bar Veuve Cliquot Garden Party has stood out across the last few years as a fashionable destination for Melbourne Cup, and the presence of Veuve Cliquot just enhances this message. From South Bank’s River Quay, Popolo Italian Bar and Kitchen Garden Party is a cocktail destination, with fine Italian tidbits to see the afternoon reach the finish line.


There’s nothing quite like giving to others. If Melbourne Cup festivities can contribute to something other than a mid-week hangover, then spending race day to help out a worthy charity makes it all the better. Supporting Chicks In Pink to help raise funds for breast cancer, Pink + Black at Watt Restaurant & Bar in New Farm is the place to get your pink and black on. The Loft West End has proceeds from all raffles on race day to be donated  to the Cerebral Palsy League. The Popolo Italian Bar and Kitchen and Libertine Bar and Restaurant sees 50% of sweeps proceeds donated to Mater Little Miracles. Soleil Pool Bar at Bacchus are raising funds for Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia while Byblos and Blackbird Bar & Grill are holding charity sweepstakes for Youngcare.


No bother? No fuss? Our favourite local bars and hang outs are screening the race but operating as usual, saving the fuss of booking packages while still leaving all the excitement. Kick it old school and sip on an old-fashioned at The Gresham while listening to the race over the wireless. Or enjoy lunch specials and sparkling ale on tap at Archive Beer Boutique in West End. For the coffee lovers out there, grab a racy ristretto or a long-legged latte and cheer on the winner from either Merlo in Bowen Hills or Paddington.


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