We might not be able to get down to the race track at Flemington this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on a chance to all get dressed up and head out for an epic day of races, champagne, food and friends. Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest events of the year and Canberra is still celebrating, check out which of your favourite venues are getting in the spirit.


QT Hotel  

QT’s annual Melbourne Cup day celebration is back for 2020. Join the hotel at their restaurant, Capitol Bar & Grill and be greeted to a glass of champagne and a three-course feast, including a fresh seafood platter. Sweeps will also be available to purchase on the day if you’re feeling lucky and a spring racing parade hosted by Janette Wojtaszak. Spots are limited, book your table here.


Pialligo Estate

Join Pialligo Estate for a decadent lunch filled with champagne, oysters and other delicious menu items. There are two packages up for grabs where menus slightly vary, both including a four-course meal and a 3.5-hour beverage package. On the day also enjoy a DJ, sweeps and prizes to keep the excitement alive. Don’t miss out, book here!


Rydges Hotel

This year the Rydges Hotel is doing things a bit more casual, join them in the lounge for a low-key day with complementary canapés as you cheer on your winning horse. Tickets are available on their website.



Watch the race on the big screen at your favourite local pub, The Duxton. They invite you to suit up and join them for a 3-course meal and beverage package that will be sure to have you cheering at not only the races. Book your tickets here.


Hotel Realm

Offering two Melbourne Cup events as good as the next, enjoy your race day at Hotel Realm. At Ostani Bar get a 4-hour food and beverage package or choose Buvette’s VIP experience and also get a 4-hour food and beverage package with the addition of champagne on arrival, premium canapés and entry to Ostani’s after party at 4pm. There is also space up for grabs for private functions at either the Burbury Terrace or the Realm’s high courtyards. Lastly to encourage everyone to get dressed up in their fanciest cup day attire there will be prizes for best dressed female and male and best dressed couple. For all the details and tickets jump on their website.


Contentious Character

Where better than to celebrate the cup with a glass of bubbles in hand, then at Contentious Character’s winery. Serving up an oyster and bubbles package, tapas + tipple or their a la carte menu there is something for everyone to enjoy on a beautiful spring day at the vineyard. Book tickets here.



Kicking off at 12pm, Hopscotch is the place to long lunch this Melbourne Cup day. Indulge in a special race day menu with a glass of bubbly on arrival and watch the race! Find tickets here.