No heading to the Melbourne Cup? Then consider these fun options for celebrating the race that stops the nation!


Sake Spring Racing (1)

For  those  looking  for  a  sophisticated  event  away  from the  busy race  track,  Saké offers  a tranquil  Japanese  setting  with  city  views  overlooking  the  Yarra  River.  Guests  can  enjoy  a  stunning  five-course  lunch and an afternoon  full  of  racing  entertainment.  Watch a  live  screening  of  Australia’s most-watched  horse  race  and wear your finest racing outfit as there are prizes for the best dressed on the day.

Saké guests will  receive a glass  of Veuve  Clicquot  on arrival  before enjoying Executive  Chef Wayne  Brown’s five-course Omakase lunch designed just  for  the occasion. From blue swimmer crab  to  fragrant duck breast,  the  carefully  curated  Melbourne  Cup  menu  pays  homage  to  both  the  fresh  spring  produce  available  in Australia and modern Japanese cuisine.

Five-course Omakase menu, including glass of Veuve Clicquot: $95pp

Saké Restaurant & Bar – Hamer Hall – 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004

Tel +61 (3) 86870775



Munich Brauhaus

munich brauhaus

Down the Yarra, Munich Brauhaus will celebrate Melbourne Cup with big biers, big food and an even bigger party. Guests can sit back and watch the race live on the big screen while enjoying Munich’s famous Bavarian food, ice cold steins and flowing bubbles in the 900-seat über venue. There will be sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed.

À la carte Bavarian menu, racing entertainment and exclusive biers Book here


Munich Brauhaus – 45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC 3006

PHONE: 1300 686 424


In Sydney, you can head to the following restaurants for special Melbourne Cup day celebrations


Otto’s La Tazza Melbourne Cup Day Lunch A La Dolce Vita


The race that stops the nation gets a dose of la dolce vita at Otto. Kick off with a glass of champagne and an assaggi on arrival amid the bustling Woolloomooloo wharf, followed by a three-course lunch. Choose each course from our selection of four signature modern Italian dishes, and enjoy relaxed fun with sweeps, plasma screens to watch the race live and an award for the best hat of the day. The lucky winner will head home with a hamper full of edible treats. $175 per person.

For Melbourne Cup bookings at Otto, please email or call (02) 9368 7488


An elegant race day at Bennelong, Sydney Opera House

Take to Sydney’s most iconic waterside setting for an elegant, all-Australian Melbourne Cup affair. Guests will be treated to a glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne on arrival, followed by a four-course lunch menu designed by head chef Peter Gilmore, harnessing the best of local produce. As the races play out live on plasma screens, Master of Wine Ned Goodwin will MC the sweeps, lucky door prizes and “fashions off the field” competition, set against panoramic views of  Sydney harbour. $200 per person.

For Melbourne Cup bookings at Bennelong, please visit  or call (02) 9240 8000

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Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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