Where will you be watching the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, 7th November? Many Canberrans will be heading straight to the track, with a day of local racing at the TAB Melbourne Cup Race Day at Thoroughbred Park, with the Melbourne Cup shown on the big screen at 3pm. Buy your ticket at the gate for $25, or online through Ticketek and enjoy all the live racing, excitement - and of course the Fashions on the Field - at this exciting yearly event.
If you are looking for something closer to home, or perhaps at your favourite local bar, café or club, then also check out these 12 Melbourne Cup events below. They are a great excuse to glam up, dig out your best hat or cravat and watch all the action on the big screen with a champers in hand. If you gamble, most venues will have a sweep so you have a horse to cheer on - and you may even return home with more cash than you left with. Don't miss out on all the excitement of the 2017 Melbourne Cup in Canberra - good luck!
See all the action on the track at Thoroughbred Park. Image: Thoroughbred Park Facebook
1/ Courtyard by Milkcrate is a popular café restaurant located in the city, which has a big day planned for this years Melbourne Cup. Watch the race live on the big screen, join the sweep, enjoy live music and savour a delicious 3 course meal for $80. If you would like to include a 3 hour drinks package to celebrate all afternoon, it will cost $115. See the Courtyard by Milkcrate Facebook for details.
2/ EQ Café and Lounge in Deakin will be hosting a Melbourne Cup event with live racing on the big screen, best dressed prizes, sweepstakes, a DJ from 3pm and a Lunch and Dessert Buffet for $49. The buffet lunch includes a range of premium roast meats and seafood, a selection of gourmet salads and a dessert bar filled with sweet treats made in-house at the EQ Bakehouse. If you would like to add in a 4 hour drinks package (which includes sparkling, moscato, all tap beers and ciders and a range of white and red wines) it will cost $85 for both the buffet and drinks package. Book tickets through Eventbrite here.
3/ Hotel Realm in Barton will have two Melbourne Cup celebrations to choose from, in its stylish 5 Star precinct. Ostani Bar will be hosting a party with live music, entertainment, 3 hour silver drinks package, Johnny Walker Bar, BBQ stations and more for $99 per person. Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar will be hosting an even more decadent Melbourne Cup event, for $165 per person. Both have after-parties to keep the celebrations going into the evening. See here for details.
4/ Pialligo Estate will be teaming up with Westfield Woden for a Melbourne Cup event in the Glasshouse. Enjoy canapés and champagne on arrival, a 2 course grazing menu, a 3 hour drinks package, Fashions on the Field, sweeps and entertainment on the Westfield Woden Catwalk. The price is $150 per person. If you wish to stay longer, a DJ will start after the race. See here for details.
5/ Hyatt Hotel Canberra has two decadent choices this Melbourne Cup Day. Choose between an Afternoon Tea Buffet in the Tea Lounge for $78 or "The Garden Celebration" with live entertainment, outdoor TV screen, lunch buffet with seafood and a 3 hour premium drinks package for $199 per person. See here (and below) for details.
6/ Benchmark Wine Bar in the city will be having a three course meal for $75 per person including champagne and canapés on arrival, sweeps and live racing on the big screen. See here for details.
7/ Highball Express in the city will celebrate the Melbourne Cup with a 2 hour lunch and drinks package, a roving punch station, canapés, sweeps and a best dressed competition for $75 per person. Stay afterwards and enjoy the live entertainment and samba dancing. See here for details.
8/ Public bar in Manuka is a popular venue to celebrate the Melbourne Cup with big TV's, live music, prizes, sweeps and a canapé style lunch for $100 per person. Tickets will be sold at the venue up to 3rd November. See here for details.
9/ Canberra Southern Cross Club has Melbourne Cup events planned for their clubs at Woden, Tuggeranong and at the Yacht Club at Yarralumla. The Corinna Cup Lunch at Woden is particularly popular, with a 3 course lunch and drinks package, live entertainment, prizes, TAB facilities and live racing on the big screen, for $56 per person. See here for details.
10/ The Vikings Club will be hosting Melbourne Cup events at their Erindale, Chisholm and Lanyon clubs, ranging between $25 - $35 per person. See here for details.
11/ Gungahlin Lakes Club, north of the city, will be holding a Melbourne Cup Luncheon with a 3 course lunch, champagne on arrival, live music, best dressed competitions, sweeps and much more. The cost is $72 per person or $660 for a table of 10. Each guest receives a goodie bag from Gungahlin Marketplace. See here for details and menu.
12/ Canberra Labor Club at Belconnen will be having a big afternoon of celebrations with live entertainment, sweeps, prizes, a free glass of bubbly on arrival and a Cup Day Buffet for $55 per person. See details here (and below).
Where will you be at 3pm, for the "race that stops the nation"?