If you’re going to round up your friends and get all dressed up, you might as well make a full day of it. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs around town offering pre- and post-race day events, or just a good place to watch the horses on the TV.

The Botanical
Celebrate Derby Day, Oaks Day and the Cup in close proximity to our glorious Botanical Gardens. The Bot is hosting a champagne breakfast with eggs, leek, salmon and potato as well as a glass of Pommery champagne for $25. There’ll be the usual race day coverage and live bands, but if you want to save the celebrations until after dark, a DJ is playing from 8pm.
November 1.


Stokehouse City
If Oaks Day is more your thing, Stokehouse is hosting a ladies lunch including canapés, champagne, a two course meal and French pastries. In addition to live coverage of the races, there will be prizes awarded to best dressed, and a sweep. Tickets are $80 per person.
November 6.


Riverside restaurant Sake is putting a Tokyo spin on Melbourne Cup Day with an eight-course, banquet-style Japanese lunch. The menu will include spicy tuna on crispy rice, Wagyu beef tataki, steamed black cod and pear sorbet. One customer will also win a unique Japanese-inspired fascinator by designer Jason Grech, valued at $1000. Tickets are $88 and include champagne on arrival.
November 4.


Munich Brauhaus
If you want a different atmosphere this Cup Day, try doing it the German way. Munich Brauhaus has a Melbourne Cup Day breakfast and bus package that includes sparking on arrival, a full Bavarian breakfast buffet and a return bus to Flemington Racecourse. Bus departs at 10am and returns to Munich Brauhaus at 6pm.
November 4.


Eve Pop Up Bar at Eureka 89
You don’t have to wait until you’re at the races to celebrate as Eureka 89 is inviting you to spend Melbourne Cup eve sipping champagne on the top floor of Eureka Tower. Floor to ceiling windows will provide stunning 360-degree views of the city and there will be live music to keep you entertained. Tickets are $30.
November 3.


The Grosvenor Hotel
There’s not many places that award prizes for worst dressed during the racing season, but at the Grosvenor Hotel your mismatched ensemble could see you walking away with a Louis Roederer champagne hamper. Best dressed will also win a hamper. Starting from 11am, there will be 12 TVs screening live race coverage. There are facilities available for on-site betting and Louis Roederer champagne cocktails will be $10 all day. If you order three days ahead, they’ll also do a whole suckling pig for 10 people.
November 4.


Dig a Pony
There won’t be any horses in attendance at this Spring Racing lunch, but you’ll be raising money for Emerge Australia, a not for profit organisation that supports people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. On offer is an eight-course meal with unlimited beer and wine, prizes for best dressed, raffles as well as gift vouchers from Simone Pérèle and Betty McDowell Lingerie for every ticketholder. Tickets are $120.
November 2.


World Bar
Be pampered this Oaks Day with champagne, a two-course meal and complimentary manicures and massages. World Bar will also be doing sweeps, door prizes and live entertainment from 1pm. Tickets are $70 and bookings are essential.
November 6.