Winning Venues for Melbourne Cup Day




The most glamorous of race days, the Melbourne Cup deserves to be celebrated in style. Whether it’s a chance to escape the office for an extra-long lunch or a social gathering in celebration of friends, fun, fashion and a casual flutter, practically every restaurant and pub will be putting on their own Melbourne Cup lunch especially for punters keen to watch all the action from race day live and loud.


Almost every Solotel venue celebrates Melbourne Cup in its own special way, and outside attending the race itself, Chiswick  captures the glamorous side of the Melbourne Cup festival, with a sumptuous multi-course lunch followed by a chance to watch the race in style. 


In the city, escape the office and ditch the corporate wear for a sense of race day fun and join the festivities at Barangaroo House. Last year, Barangaroo House was just about the top waterfront spot for the party set to catch all the race day action, with a full-days schedule of private functions to bottomless celebrations and best-dressed awards to the filly and stallion. Look out for an equally showy Melbourne Cup day event at Barangaroo House this year.


For something a little more low-key but no less exciting, the go-to venue for a Melbourne Cup lunch, a cold round of beverages and a cheeky bet or two is in racing’s traditional home, the pub. 


No matter where you find yourself in the hours before the race the stops the nation, you can bet every Solotel pub will fit the bill, with top-notch bistros meals and sharing plates for your mates, a buzzing energy and a place to watch the Melbourne Cup front and centre on the big screen.



Where to Watch the Melbourne Cup in Sydney 

Wickedly Wild

Golden Sheaf

Melbourne Cup at The Golden Sheaf is always bursting with colour, excitement, live entertainment, flowing drinks and delicious food. This year, we have two packages available starting from $70 per person.


Garden of Unearthly Delights

Clock Hotel

Watch the race in style on our balcony level overlooking Crown Street. Enjoy a glass of Chandon on arrival, roaming canapes and a charcuterie station from $65 per person.

Fabulously Festive

Chophouse Sydney

Indulge in a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival followed by a three course menu, specially designed by Chef Scott Kim. Put on your finery for the chance best dressed guest, plus there will be lucky door prizes. $120 per person.

Deliciously Decadent

Chophouse Parramatta

Choose from a 2 or 3 course shared feast including a glass of bubbles, beer or mocktail on arrival. You can also choose to the upgrade to a 3-hour beverage package. Tickets start from $65 per person

Heavenly Harbourside

Opera Bar

We are taking bookings for groups of 20 + people. Think roaming canapés and live music with magnificent views of the Harbour Bridge and city skyline all under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Tickets just $85 per person.

Fancy Shmancy

Albion Hotel

Join us for a sit down three-course feast in the Lower Beer Garden or a stand-up canapé event in Lounge Bar. Both packages include a glass of bubbly or beer on arrival. Tickets start from just $65 per person.

Marvellous Melbourne Cup


Start the day with a signature cocktail on arrival, graze on roaming canapés and food stations and indulge in a three-hour beverage experience. There will also be prizes for best dressed male and female. $190 per person.

Magical Melbourne Cup

House Bar

Tickets start at $55 for entry and includes a glass of bubbles or beer on arrival plus roaming canapés. Bird Cage package, $95 includes a glass of Veuve on arrival and canapé stations.

Lavishly Lush

Aria Sydney

Celebrate in style with an incredible 4-course menu from Joel Bickford. There will be Ruinart Champagne and canapés on arrival, followed by lunch and coffee, tea and petit fours. Tickets are $220 per person. 

Live & Loud

Paddo Inn

Head Chef Mark Holland has created a 3-course lunch menu based off the beautiful season of spring. There will be best dressed and lucky door prizes, plus the big race live and loud. $110 per person.

Blooming Brilliant

Sackville Hotel

We're keeping it nice and simple this year, with bubbles on arrival for all bookings and a specially created À la carte menu which can be ordered from the bar. We're also giving away best dressed & lucky door prizes on the day!

Deliciously Decadent

Chiswick at the Gallery

At $149 per person, enjoy a glass of Ruinart Champagne on arrival, followed by a delicious 3-course collective menu curated by head chef Tim Brindley.

Divinely Decadent

Chiswick Woollahra

Enjoy nibbles and a glass of Ruinart Champagne on arrival, followed by a delicious 4-course collective menu for $169 per person. Join in on the glam, fun and buzz that comes with racing’s biggest day at one of Sydney’s best locations.

No Boring Fascinators

North Bondi Fish

Enjoy a special four-course menu plus a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival, tickets just $159 per person. Plus, there will be prizes for best dressed and lucky door prizes!

Sumptuously Splendid

Bridgeview Hotel

Melbourne Cup at The Bridgy is a a day of fun and flutters! Watch the race live and LOUD on the big screens.Enjoy a special A la carte menu and a glass of bubbles on arrival for all bookings. Awesome prizes for the best dressed.

Merry and Magical

Quay Bar

Battle it out in fashions on the field at Quay Bar, while dining from our À la carte menu. As always, watch the race live and loud! We will be giving away some amazing prizes for best dressed. Table bookings essential.

Kick Up & Kick On

Kings Cross Hotel

The Street Bar and Balcony will be open to all, with no ticket or entry price. We're happily accepting table bookings leading up to the Cup, as well as welcoming walk ins on the day. 

Ritzy & Racy

Edinburgh Castle Hotel

Watch the race that stops a nation LIVE and LOUD on the big screen and dine from our À la carte menu. Grab your colleagues, plan your outfits and book a table today. Giddy up!