Tuesday afternoon’s Melbourne Cup will be the first major event for local pubs, clubs and restaurants since lockdown ended earlier this month.
After several months of being trapped inside and working from home, Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup festivities are expected to be the most well-attended in years.
So, if you’re in the mood to get dressed up and hopefully cheer on a winner, here are five local places that will be putting on a show this Melbourne Cup Day…
Often regarded as the original and the best, Panthers will host several events throughout the club this Melbourne Cup Day. Kicking off at 10.30am, enjoy a bottomless brunch and cocktails at the Squires Terrace Bar. Over at the new-look Kelly’s Bar + Kitchen, Prada Clutch will host a two-course luncheon and fashion show from 12pm. Following the race at 3pm, head up to Dom’s Cocktail Lounge for a Cup Day After Party featuring live music and of course, delicious cocktails. To book, visit penrith.panthers.com.au.
Theos Rooftop Bar
Penrith’s newest hot spot will be hosting their first-ever Melbourne Cup event this Tuesday from 12pm-6pm. Located on top of the new Astina building in the CBD, guests at Theos Rooftop Bar can enjoy canapés all day, drinks package from 12pm-3pm, live entertainment, fashions on the field, sweepstakes, giveaways and of course all the action live from Flemington on the big screen. To book, visit eventbrite.com.au.
The Paceway will hold a traditional Melbourne Cup luncheon on Tuesday afternoon featuring great food, drinks and all the fun, excitement and action from the “race that stops the nation”. The Paceway has multiple food options available to choose from, including a two-course meal, mini cheeseboard platter and a roast chicken and prawn salad. To book, visit allevents.in/Penrith.
For decades, Penrith RSL has often been the go-to place to celebrate the first Tuesday in November. If the big race itself isn’t enough, the club will host Race Day Bingo featuring a whopping 40 games from 10am. There will also be plenty of entertainment on offer including best dressed, a hat parade and sweeps, while the Star Buffett will put on an awesome all-you-can-eat seafood buffet from 11.30am. For details, visit penrithrsl.com.au.
St Marys Band Club
Kicking off at 12pm, St Marys Band Club will host ‘The Long Lunch’. For $48 per person, guests can enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch, complimentary bubbles on arrival, sweeps and prizes. Full TAB facilities are available. To book a spot, call 9623 1211.
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for a decade.