Whether you’re all dressed up in your race-day best and don’t want to make a mess in the kitchen, or just after a public holiday treat, there’s a host of great venues open on Melbourne Cup Day. Here are Broadsheet’s picks of the best bars, cafes and restaurants that have opened in the past 12 months.

CBD

Arbory Afloat
1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne
11am–1am

Beneath Driver Lane
3 Driver Lane, Melbourne
4pm–3am

NORTH

Bar Romantica
52 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
12pm–4am

Bentwood
237 Napier Street, Fitzroy
7.30am–4pm

Bluebonnet
124–126 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
12pm–10pm (10 per cent surcharge)

Bonehead Brewing
86 Parsons Street, Kensington
12pm–9pm

Clubhouse Malvern
1290 Malvern Road, Malvern
7.30am–4pm

Alisha’s Café Collective
313 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
10am–2pm

Low Key Bar
59 High Street, Northcote
4pm–1am

Postmistress
71 Melville Road, Brunswick West
5pm–11pm (10 per cent surcharge)

Miss Moses
581 Sydney Road, Brunswick
12pm–11pm

Neon Beatniks
43 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick
8.30am–2pm

The Shady Lady
36 Johnston St, Fitzroy
4pm–1am

SOUTH

The Albion Rooftop
172 York Street, South Melbourne
11am–late

Angus & Bon
164–168 Greville Street, Prahran
9am–late

Bayano the Rebel
41 Ellis St, South Yarra
8am–4pm

Plain Sailing Elwood
144 Ormond Road, Elwood
7.30am–2pm (15 per cent surcharge)

Port of Call
7 Bay Road, Sandringham
7.30am–2pm (15 per cent surcharge)

Promise Bar
173 High Street, Prahran
3pm–11pm

EAST

Monroe
189 Bridge Road, Richmond
8am–4pm

Dawson
241 High Street, Kew
8am–10pm

Mr Tucci
Shop1, 10–12 High St, Glen Iris
8am–1pm

Stanley
63 Stanley Avenue, Mount Waverley
7.30am–4pm

WEST

Bekka
22 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds
5pm–10pm

One For The Crow
9 Commercial Street, Maidstone
8am–3pm (kitchen closes at 2.30pm)

Victoria Hotel Footscray
43 Victoria Street, Footscray
12pm–12am