An Adelaide Guide To Melbourne Cup

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It’s the race that stops the nation – the race that makes it okay 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.

ACACIA

Enjoy a four course degustation lunch with Andrew Bondar from from Bondar Wines from noon, plus wine tasting with Andre. The race will also be shown live. 

ARKABA

The Arkaba is hosting a Melbourne Cup Birdcage hosted by Jarrod Walsh from Nova 919. Enjoy a cocktail style lunch supporting Still Aware. Guests will enjoy a fun filled day with all day canapés, cheese buffet and three hour drinks package including Tomich Wine, Espresso Martinis and Pimm’s. The races and fashions 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 and raffles on the day. Where: Osmond/Fullarton Room, Arkaba Hotel from 12pm. Tickets: $99pp.

COS 18 LEIGH

Watch the race live and enjoy the sweepstakes at Cos 18 Leigh, along with fashion, games and prizes. The ticket package includes superior canapés, aperitif, prizes and premium drinks package including your favourite wine and cocktails. Standard Tickets – $100 , Corporate bookings of 10 or more – $90 per person.

FINE AND FETTLE

It’s time to buck tradition and saddle up for Adelaide’s newest Melbourne Cup bottomless brunch complete with unlimited Ginbucha, Aperol Spritz and more! Magill Road’s Fine & Fettle is set to host their inaugural Melbourne Cup celebration on Tuesday, 6 November with a mouth-watering brunch and unlimited wine, gin cocktails, ginbucha and Aperol Spritz for two hours at $45 per person. There’s a bottomless brunch offering from 10am for early punters. For the race goers who live for the main event, Fine & Fettle’s lunch roll-out from 1pm is the sure-fire pick. Another option is their two-hour lunch seating, with tickets priced at $65, it will be offered from 1pm with generous share plates all afternoon, a glass of bubbles on arrival and special $10 “High Horse” gin cocktails. There will be race coverage on the big screen, sweeps going around and a ‘Best Dressed’ competition. One lucky female and male will have the chance to win a six-week training package at 6W2S functional training gym for best dressed.

ELECTRA HOUSE

General Manager, Chad Hanson said, “For Melbourne Cup, Electra House has something for everyone, whether you want to sip French champagne in our stunning function venues, or drink G&Ts downstairs and party the night away!”

LEVEL ONE Dining Package
This Cup day Level One are serving their ‘Omakase’ shared dining menu. While you and your friends feast on all of your favourite Level One dishes and watch all the live excitement of the days racing, you will enjoy a three hour drinks package featuring fresh and local wines from new SA wine label Freddy Nerks – crafted by Justin Lane, formerly of Alpha Box & Dice fame. Plus! Door prizes thanks to Pol Roger; Multiple race sweeps; Fashion on the Field competition AND access to the after party! Tickets are $110 per person, and will be snapped up quickly!

Chamber & Garden Bar Package
Looking for something a little less formal? This $40 package will allow you to tuck into a hearty serve of BBQ pulled pork (or pulled eggplant as a vegetarian alternative) served with brioche, pickles and slaw and wash it down with a glass of Pol Roger or 2x Mismatch beers.

Ultimate VIP Dining Package
Enjoy the surrounds of their New York-inspired private event spaces and indulge on a 3-course feasting menu paired with their $160pp Platinum beverage package and non-stop flowing Pol Roger Champagne.

After Party VIP
For 3 years running, Electra House Hotel has been the destination of choice to keep the good times going after the big race and this year is going to be even bigger again! DJ Tim Bos will have you grooving early into the evening with Entertainment Adelaide DJ’s ramping things up and into the night. The $20 VIP ticket guarantees express entry and a glass of Pol Roger or any gin & tonic from Electra House’s extensive list.

FEATHERS HOTEL

Greenhouse Luncheon

In the Feathers Greenhouse Restaurant, enjoy a sumptuous three course lunch, complemented by a three hour premium drinks package featuring wines from The Lane Vineyard and including a welcome glass of Piper Heidsieck on arrival. The fun doesn’t stop there with race sweeps, fashion on the field competitions and after race entertainment. Tickets $135+bf.

Garden Party

Head out to the terrace for three hours of delicious cocktail food with an amazing oyster and sashimi bar, plus premium drinks package featuring wines from The Lane Vineyard.  Also includes race sweeps, fashions on the field competition and after race entertainment. Tickets $110+bf.

After Party

Once the last race is over, head to The Feathers from 4pm for the after party. They’ll have drink specials and guest DJs laying down classic summer tracks.

All races will be shown with sound, plus full TAB available. To book any of the events at Feathers Hotel, call 8249 7700 or click the links.

HILTON ADELAIDE

Celebrate with an a la carte lunch in Coal Cellar and Grill from noon, then 
Champagne Hour from 2pm, and an after party in The Lobby, plus live music all day. Entry is free but bookings for lunch are essential.

HOME GROUND

Looking for a casual, outdoor celebration? Celebrate with river views at Home Ground. Festivities from 2-7pm, with all the race action broadcast live from Flemington, happy hour drinks, and live music.

THE KENSI

The Kensi are providing two options for your Melbourne Cup outing. A three-course menu (think pressed lamb shoulder, crispy skin barramundi and more) per person or a 10 or more group in the Kings room where you’ll be served cocktail platters and a three hour drinks package.

THE KENTISH

Celebrate at The Kentish where for $95 per person you’ll get an all-inclusive including a 3-hour beverage package, sumptuous canapes, a grazing table, live music plus prizes and competitions running all day. From 11.30am.

LADY BURRA BREWHOUSE

This Melbourne Cup day, enjoy a perfectly curated three-course menu at Adelaide’s favourite inner-city microbrewery; Lady Burra Brewhouse. Teamed with a glass of bubbles or pint of in-house brewed Lady Burra beer, feast on a set entrée and dessert with choice of main meal. The race that stops the nation will be on the big screen, plus Lady Burra will have exciting door prizes, sweeps and a prize for the best dressed. The menu, which has been specially created by Lady Burra’s Head Chef Rosa Dantas, starts with Rosa’s famous Paella Croquetas followed by a choice of char-grilled rib eye, salmon fillet or vegetarian lasagne, finished with a decadent chocolate mousse for dessert. Tickets are $60 p/p and available through HERE.

THE LAKES HOTEL

This year the Lakes Hotel has teamed up with Bird In Hand Winery, to host a Melbourne Cup Luncheon in their Lakeside Function Centre. The three course luncheon includes an individual entree grazing plate, choice of main course, individual dessert grazing plate, plus all inclusive 3 hour premium drink package from 12-3pm featuring Bird in Hand Pinot Noir, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz & Merlot Cabernet as well as Hahn Super Dry, Coopers Session Ale, Hahn Premium Light, assorted juice and soft drinks. Guest MC Sports Columnist & former first class Cricketer Ben Hook will be in attendance plus an AFLWL special guest appearance, LIVE race coverage in HD on the giant screen, a fashion parade with Powell Models, a wine wall and Silent Auction, Cal Cartas, UBET Facilities, lucky door prize & prizes up for grabs for best hat & best dressed lady & gent! This event proudly supports the Childhood Cancer Association (CCA), with $15 from each ticket sold going directly to CCA. Tickets $130 per person. Doors open 11.30am. Drinks package 12-3pm.

THE LANE VINEYARD

Join The Lane Vineyard for their Melbourne Cup garden party. Escape to the Hills for a day of luxury and frivolity and soak up the Spring racing action with a view. Start with bubbles and canapés followed by a 3 – course lunch and beverage package by executive chef, James Brinklow, on their new outdoor terrace. Watch the race on the big screen and join in the fun of Melbourne cup sweeps, ‘fashion in the vines’ competitions and acoustic entertainment throughout the afternoon. 11.30AM – 4:00PM at The Lane Estate – 5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf. $175.00 per person, (price includes return transfer from The Feathers Hotel and beverage package).

MAJESTIC ROOF GARDEN HOTEL

Celebrate the race that stops the nation and enjoy spectacular views from level seven of the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. Sip sparkling on arrival, followed by a three course lunch and beverage package. Noon-3.30pm. $99 per person. Bookings on 8100 4494 or email [email protected]

MAYFAIR HOTEL

The Mayfair Hotel has two stylish events on offer for the race that stops the nation! Mayflower Restaurant will feature the hotel’s renowned grand high tea, which includes an indulgent seafood buffet, decadent gateaux buffet and gorgeous sweet high tea stand on the table.

The Mayflower Restaurant event costs $129 per person, including a three-hour beverage package (12-3pm) and live entertainment.

Upstairs at Hennessy, guests can enjoy a glass of Veuve on arrival plus a selection of canapes and cocktail food for the first hour, including BBQ pork buns, sushi selection and prawn cutlets in crispy potato. Gourmet platters can also be pre-ordered, and additional drinks will be available for purchase on the day. The rooftop bar will also host an after party celebration for revellers who want to continue their celebrations post-race.

The Hennessy Rooftop Bar event is $69 per person, including a glass of Veuve on arrival, premium canapés for one hour and live entertainment.

MELT HENLEY BEACH

Love the celebration but not that into the horse racing aspect? Head to Melt Henley Beach for ‘Not Quite Melbourne Cup Day’. From noon, they’ll have cocktail and sparkling wine specials. The full menu will be available on the day, plus a $35 per person share table lunch option. 

MORPHETTVILLE RACECOURSE

It’s the biggest race day of the year so head to the racecourse to be surrounded by thousands of fellow punters and enjoy a day of top hospitality and live racing action. General Admission tickets available at the gate, or book in for one of the race day packages here. Gates open from 10am.

RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT, INTERCONTINENTAL

Come race day, Riverside Restaurant will transform into a floral masterpiece, celebrating all things food, wine, fashion and entertainment. Savour the day with an elaborate grazing table, married with live oyster shucking stations, tray-passed lobster dumplings and a Peking duck pancake rolling experience. Immerse yourself in a day full of horse racing and the clinking of wine glasses with bottomless The Lane Vineyard wines, as well as Coopers Pale Ale for the beer enthusiasts. $179 per per with The Lane sparkling wine, or $279 per person with G.H Mumm Champagne.

SERAFINO MCLAREN VALE

Spend the day with Serafino and help support the Starlight Foundation for this years Melbourne Cup. $10 from each ticket, along with proceeds from the day, will be used to support the Starlight Express Room at Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Lunch will be hosted in their courtyard along with live streaming of the race, live and silent auction and acoustic entertainment. Commences at 12pm and concludes at 4pm. Get your fascinator ready as there will also be prizes for best dressed and best hat. Tickets include: Designated Driver Package *$65pp – Canapes & a glass of bubbly on arrival, guests choice of 3 main courses & petit fours. Standard Package *$95pp – Four hour beverage package, canapes on arrival, guests choice of 3 main courses & petit fours.

STAMFORD PLAZA 

Celebrate the excitement and glamour of Melbourne Cup in the luxurious Stamford Plaza Ballroom and help raise funds for Can:Do 4Kids. Enjoy a special three-course luncheon (this includes a three hour beverage package) as well as sweeps, a bookie, and the race action live on the big screen. $20 from tickets purchased goes straight to Can:Do 4Kids. 

VARDON AVENUE (TASTING ROOM)

The race that stops the East End is back!  Once again, Vardon Avenue is being closed off for the day to celebrate the best Tuesday of the year, Melbourne Cup! The little laneway comes to life with ladies and gents dressed to impress, with runways, great food & excellent wine.  On the day, you will find yourself once again being spoilt with high end food & wine including our favourite, Pol Roger on arrival followed by Adelaide Hills’ own Deviation Road, Barossa stalwarts Langmeil with a little Tasmanian gem, Dalrymple thrown in for good measure and beer will be provided by local champs Mismatch!vOne Rundle Trading Co will be in charge of the female & male fashionwear on the runway, and there will be bookies for betting, big screens to watch the race, great tunes from a couple of local DJs and all-day food service supplied by Vardon Avenue businesses including The Tasting Room, Mothervine & Lemongrass. Tickets $185.

So there you are! The Adelaide Guide to Melbourne Cup. It is not too early to get yourselves organised.

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