An Adelaide Guide To Melbourne Cup


It’s the race that stops the nation – the race that makes it ok to have a television hauled into the office just to cheer on a horse you’ve bet on. Usually, you lose tragically, but imagine – you bet on the winning horse, your popularity in the office increases for a week and you’re the hottest topic around the water cooler.

But you need more than this! With this taste of fame and glory you’ve just received, you need something else to uphold your status. So what you need is some ideas for Melbourne Cup events. Allow us to guide you through some of the best Melbourne Cup events in Adelaide that you can sway the team on.

Melbourne Cup @ The Rose Garden

Want to turn things up a notch this Melbourne Cup? The Rose Garden in Victoria Square is where it’s at. Uber chic and oh so stylish… this boutique Adelaide event offers a musical, culinary and festival experience like no other! Blending unique South Australian flavours with iconic global brands, The Rose Garden takes celebrating Melbourne Cup to an entirely new level! This is a true showcase of all things South Australian, offering dining options from iconic Adelaide restaurants including the likes of Madame Hanoi, Coal Cellar & Grill, Andre’s Cucina, Sprout and the award winning Gaucho’s Argentinean and Bar Torino. The space will be open from 11.30am – 9:30pm.


Melbourne Cup Day @ Morphettville Racecourse

Giddy up for the race that stops the nation! With live racing on track as well as Melbourne Cup coverage all day, Morphettville is the place to be. From the racing purist, the fine dining lovers, the corporate seekers and social swirlers, there’s an opportunity and hospitality package for everyone to revel in. Off the track, there’ll be excitement and entertainment throughout the day, music, a beauty bar and the ever popular Fashions on the Field. The most stylish racegoers at Morphettville on Melbourne Cup Day will have the chance to win $1,000 cash and some incredible prizes. To secure your tickets, check out their site here.

Morphettville Racecourse

Melbourne Cup @ The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room together with East End Cellars have organised an exciting event to help you celebrate Melbourne Cup this year. They’re shutting down Vardon Ave in the heart of the city for you to enjoy a day of drinking Pol Roger, Deviation Road, Wirra Wirra Wines, Espresso Martinis, and much more. They also have two catwalks planned for the day, with part proceeds going towards the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The day will also offer bets in the street, screens indoor to watch the race, funky music by DJ JD & Ant and beautiful food throughout the afternoon from Mothervine and The Tasting Room. There will also be prizes for the best dressed. Buy tickets here.

Melbourne Cup @ Rigoni’s Bistro

Join Rigoni’s Bistro at 27 Leigh St, Adelaide on November 7 for an exciting day. Starting at 11.30 with free Prancing Pony beers and Hentley Farm Blanc de Noir until 12 midday, followed by a three course lunch, with drinks on consumption. Rigoni’s has coverage on the big screens, a Best Hat competition, access to TAB and sweeps, and free entry to the after party which kicks off at 5.30pm. You get all this for $130 a head, and each ticket sold includes a $10 donation to Variety SA, The Road Home and SA Rugby. Call Rigoni’s on 8231 5160 or visit to book – full payment is required at time of booking.

Melbourne Cup @ Lady Burra Brewhouse

Lady Burra Brewhouse offers traditional brewhouse fare with a Portuguese twist. For just $50 per head, you will enjoy a 3 course menu, a complimentary sparkling on arrival, and live entertainment. You’ll be able to watch the race that stops the nation on the big screen, and with drinks packages available, you’ll be able to enjoy handcrafted beers made with only the finest ingredients, and all natural beers with no added sugar. Limited spots – call 8231 8928 to book now!

Melbourne Cup @ The Lane Vineyard

Join The Lane for their second annual Melbourne Cup long lunch. Escape to the picturesque Adelaide Hills for a day of luxury and frivolity and soak up the Spring racing action at The Lane Vineyard. Join the fabulous team for their second annual Melbourne Cup long lunch complete with stunning views. You’ll start with Champagne and canapes on the lawn followed by a 4-course James Brinklow menu in our award winning Dining Room. Watch the race on the big screen and join in the fun of Melbourne cup sweeps, ‘fashion in the vines’ and acoustic entertainment throughout the afternoon. $150 per person. Return transport from CBD available for an added $20pp. To book please contact Sam on 08 8388 1250 or email [email protected]

Melbourne Cup Day @ Adelaide Zoo

Celebrate Melbourne Cup in Style at Adelaide Zoo. If you can’t make it to the hallowed ‘Bird Cage’ in Melbourne then join Adelaide Zoo for the day and you can stroll through a real life bird cage, in one of their stunning aviaries. As part of this Melbourne Cup event, you will enjoy a stunning 3-hour drinks package and complimentary glass of Bird in Hand Sparkling on arrival at the door. You will also get to take part in the sweep stakes, win prizes, take some memorable snaps in their photo booth and most importantly watch Race Day in luxury with delicious food and beverages. All booking information you need is here!

Electra House

Melbourne Cup @ Electra House Hotel

Electra House & Pol Roger bring you the ultimate choice in dining and party experiences for your Melbourne Cup Day! 3 floors, 3 different options to choose from, how could you refuse? You have the option of choosing the ‘Chamber and Garden Bar package’ which you can purchase tickets for here or there are two ‘Dining Packages’ on offer. There will also be live music, DJ’s and much more from 3:30pm-late. You can contact (08) 7123 4055 to book.

Melbourne Cup @ The Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Celebrate the true beauty of spring racing season in the heart of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens at The Adelaide Botanic Garden Restaurant this year. You’ll enjoy 180 degree views of the lush gardens and pond with a glass of bubbles before sitting down for a two-course lunch plus drinks followed by a mouth-watering dessert buffet. There will be live entertainment, fashion parades, sweeps and prizes for ‘Best Dressed’. Be sure to book early, tickets are $150pp. Simply call 8267 4128 or email [email protected]

Melbourne Cup Lunch @ Stamford Grand Adelaide

Celebrate all the excitement of Australia’s favourite race day in unique style at Stamford Grand Adelaide and raise vital funds for Can: Do 4Kids. Their Grand Ballroom will be transformed into the ultimate Melbourne Cup day location. Enjoy a three course luncheon and three hour beverage package plus live entertainment by Double Trouble Duo. Cost is $135 – $150pp, so secure your spots here.

Melbourne Cup Gala Charity Lunch @ Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Come celebrate the excitement and glamour of the Melbourne Cup in the Stamford Plaza luxurious Terrace Ballroom, while helping raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of SA (MND SA). In addition to receiving oysters and champagne upon arrival, you’ll be treated to a delicious three course lunch, a three hour beverage package and a live DJ to help you celebrate your winnings. There will be table prizes, sweeps and the opportunity to participate in a range of auctions, the proceeds of which will help to support those affected by MND. Tickets range from $125pp to $1,200 for tables of 10 and can be bought here.

Melbourne Cup @ The Kensi, Kensington Hotel

Join the Kensington Hotel for their delicious 3 course meal for their amazing Melbourne Cup event. TAB facilities will be available from 9am to get your lucky bets on, plus they’ve got sweepstakes, prizes for best dressed, plenty of drink specials throughout the day and all the action live on the screens. Tickets are $79pp + booking fee, secure your spot here.

Melbourne Cup @ The Unley

The Unley are offering an exciting Melbourne Cup day with loads of giveaways and prizes on offer! From 12pm until 9pm you can enjoy their à la carte menu, sweeps, giveaways, prizes for the best dressed individual and workplace, as well as live music from 3pm. Bookings are essential so be sure to book in quickly by contacting 8271 5544.

Melbourne Cup 2017 @ The Mile End

Plan your Melbourne Cup lunch & viewing at The Mile End! Chef’s selection ala carte menu will be available, along with $10 off bottles of wine (excluding house), bubbly specials, gin cocktails for $10, $6.80 pints all day, plus the big race on all the TV’s. As well as sweeps, givewaways and prizes plus live acoustic music straight after the race. Call 8443 4756 to book, or online here.

Melbourne Cup @ Hill of Grace 

Get ready to flaunt those fascinators and put your best fashion foot forward for the race that stops a nation! Hill of Grace invite you to join them for a four-course lunch with matched wines, while you watch all of the live racing action on the big screens.Saddle up for a fun-filled afternoon with friends or colleagues and take a punt in our sweeps. Bookings are limited, so secure your table today by booking below or calling 08 8205 4777. 12pm – 3pm
$150pp. For those looking to keep the party going, the celebrations will continue at their Melbourne Cup Afterparty to be held at Adelaide Oval’s Koffee Ink Café from 3pm (no bookings required).

Melbourne Cup @ Mayflower Restaurant 

Looking for a different experience this Melbourne Cup? Join the Mayflower Restaurant for a grand high tea like no other where guests will enjoy a leisurely afternoon of indulgence! On arrival guests will receive a glass of Moet  and a gift from L’Occitane, followed by a 3 hour drink package. Enjoy a sumptuous selection of food including a seafood platter. A grand high tea wouldn’t be complete without a mouthwatering array of sweet selections such as their signature French pastries and decadent chocolate fountain. The afternoon will include entertainment delivered by a local pianist, TV screens and prizes for best dressed. The event runs from 12pm – 3pm with tickets just $109 pp, which can be  purchased here. 

Mayflower Restaurant

Melbourne Cup @ Hennessy

Be entertained and enjoy the race that stops the Nation at Adelaide’s popular rooftop bar, Hennessy. Guests receive a glass of Veuve on arrival followed by a sumptuous selection of cocktail food, desserts and a 3 hour beverage package. Enjoy the day with live entertainment, TV screens to watch the race and prizes for best dressed. The event includes exclusive access to Hennessy from 12pm – 3pm with tickets just $129pp, which you can purchase here. You can also continue the celebrations in Hennessy at the after-party venue from 3pm.

Melbourne Cup Function Room Lunch @ The Highway

Hosted by Wayne Phillips, your ticket prices include a superb 3 course luncheon, 4.5 hour drinks package (including Yalumba wines, Bird in Hand Winery sparkling and ASHAI beer), and live entertainment from band Enuf Said. The races will be shown live on their 3 super screens and there will be TAB facilities available. Tables are seated with 10 guests per table, however If you don’t have 10, they will match you up with another table. Don’t delay in booking your table, as this is always a sold out event! Tickets are $140pp and you can secure your spot here.

Melbourne Cup on the Deck @ The Highway

Join all the cool kids at The Highway’s Melbourne Cup Party on the Deck! Your ticket price includes 8 drink tickets (valid for beer, wine, sparkling and spirits), a variety of food stalls for lunch, live band Escapades, races live on the Super Screen, plus TAB facilities. You’ll also have automatic entry to Adelaide’s BEST after race party! Tickets cost $120pp and are available from their website. 

Melbourne Cup @ Cafe Alere

Cafe Alere has had a makeover peeps and they’re hosting a Melbourne Cup luncheon. For just $20, you’ll enjoy a choice main course + petit fours, plus exclusive viewing of the race. Booked in guests will also have the opportunity to partake in sweeps and will go into the draw to win a door prize. The race will also be showing in the function centre, with a cash bar and small snacks available.

Melbourne Cup Charity Luncheon @ Woodstock Wine

Enjoy the pre-race festivities with a three course lunch & three hour drinks package. Along with race day sweeps and live race coverage on the big screen and of course prizes for the best headwear. Proudly supporting beyondblue, each ticket includes a ten dollar donation and all profits made from the mystery wine raffle go to help fund support for those affected by anxiety, depression & suicide. Cost for tickets is $99pp, or $95pp for Stocks Society Members (code required). You can secure your tickets here.

Pimm’s Melbourne Cup Gala @ Arkaba Hotel

Join host, Tim Edwards (from Radio Tab) for an exciting day of racing in the Arkaba Top Room. Watch the races on 100 inch screens while enjoying a delicious 3 course lunch and a premium 4 hour drinks package, including Pimm’s and Espresso Martinis. With access to TAB facilities, sweeps, auctions and the Punters Club, this is the place to be for Melbourne Cup. Cost is $135pp and can be bought here. 

Melbourne Cup Bistro Lunch @ Arkaba Hotel

The Arkaba is set for a big day of racing in the Arkaba Bistro! They will have sweeps with big cash prizes up for grabs (part proceeds to Variety SA) and TAB facilities available right next door in Sportys. The races will be live on all the screens throughout the Bistro, so you won’t miss a minute of the action. Ticket includes 2 course set menu for $45 + booking fee. You can buy your tickets here.

Melbourne Cup Birdcage @ Arkaba Hotel

Join host, Alana Smith for an exciting day of racing in the Arkaba’s Osmond/Fullarton Room for their Melbourne Cup Birdcage cocktail style lunch supporting Still Aware. With event themed by Hometsyle Co, guests will enjoy a fun filled day with amazing cocktail food, matched with superb wines supplied by Dandelion Vineyards & Spring Seed Wine Co. Ticket price includes cocktails made with love from mixologist David Foy from Diageo, including Pimm’s and Espresso Martinis. The races will be live on all the screens throughout the room, so you won’t miss a minute of the action, plus there will be plenty of prizes to be won, raffles and sweeps on the day. Cost is $99pp + booking fee which includes canapes, 3 hour drinks package and cheese buffet, and can be bought here.

The Front Bar at The Kensi with classically charming leadlights

Melbourne Cup @ The Hotel Royal

The Hotel Royal has got all the action for you! There’s plenty on offer throughout the day, including their à la carte menu, sweeps, TAB facilities, and prizes for best dressed, with part of the proceeds donated to Autism SA. You can call The Hotel Royal on 8352 7855 to book your table now!

Molly Dooker Melbourne Cup Lunch @ The Stag

Mollydooker Wines and The Stag Hotel are proud to present The Molly Dooker 2017 Melbourne Cup Degustation! They’ve rolled out the red (wine) carpet for their good friends and winemaking legends at Molly Dooker to create the ultimate Melbourne Cup experience. Join them for the race that stops the nation and enjoy a four-course degustation matched with award-winning wines. Tickets are from $100-$120pp. There’s limited availability so be quick and book here now!

Melbourne Cup High Tea @ InterContinental Adelaide

What better way to celebrate the race that stops the nation, than with an unforgettable afternoon in decadent surrounds accompanied by CAKE by Jenna Marie sweets and savoury delights from our skilled chefs. Perfectly accompanied by South Australian wines from the The Lane Vineyard. Riverside Restaurant in conjunction with CAKE by Jenna Marie delight in putting on a particularly lavish spread for a unique Melbourne Cup experience. The event runs from 1pm-3pm with tickets priced at $95pp, which you can purchase here.

Cos 18 Leigh

Melbourne Cup @ Cos 18 Leigh

Cos 18 Leigh are teaming up with the masters of McLaren Vale, Primo Estate and Aperol to bring you an afternoon of superior canapés, aperitif and wine to satisfy the most discerning racegoers! Book your tickets before September 30 for $90pp, or $100pp if you book after September 30. You can find all ticket details here.

Melbourne Cup @ Colonist 

The Colonist has you covered this Melbourne Cup Day, offering you casual Ala Carte dining plus the big race on all screens. The event starts at 12pm, so get a group of friends together to enjoy the day! You can contact 8362 3736 to secure your spot.

Melbourne Cup @ Sfera’s 

Sfera’s Park Suites and Convention Centre is teaming up with Westfield to bring you the fashions on the field. The event includes a three course lunch and beverage package including sparkling, cider, wine, beer and soft drinks. Along with the fashion parade, the event will also include live music. Book tickets here.

Melbourne Cup @ Republic Norwood
Join the ever-popular Republic Norwood for a 3-course luncheon and 3 hour drinks package. There will be fashion parades, great tunes, prizes for best dressed and sweeps throughout the day. Then round it off with a killer afterparty. Tickets are $99 for the full package or just the luncheon for $59 from 12pm. Buy tickets by calling 8362 4657.

So, grab some friends and your best race wear for a spectacular day! – Ps. don’t forget to book the day off work…and possibly the day after.


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