An Adelaide Guide To Melbourne Cup


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 at Electra House: 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.


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.


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]


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.


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).


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.


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.


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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