The first Melbourne Cup race was held in 1861, and just four years later, the day was already a half holiday in metropolitan Melbourne. By 1873, Cup Day was officially a public holiday throughout most of Victoria.

Ever since then, Melbourne’s had the first Tuesday of November off to celebrate “the race that stops a nation”. Although the Melbourne Cup race itself has become more controversial in recent years, Cup Day is still a great chance to relax and (hopefully) enjoy some good spring weather.

Whatever you get up to on the day, these new cafes, restaurants and bars are all staying open to help you make the most of it.

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Nine Yards

Open from 7.30am–4.30pm.

228-230 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne


Open from 12.30pm–3pm. The races will be shown live on the screen and there's a bottomless brunch offering too.

1 Palmer Street, Richmond

East End

Open from 4pm–late.

225 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East

Mr Joe

Open from 8am–late. 10 per cent surcharge. Bottomless brunch will be available from 11pm–3pm. $49 gets you your choice of brunch dish and two hours of unlimited Mimosas, watermelon punch and brut cuvee.

362-364 Burnley Street, Richmond
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Tetto di Carolina

Open from 4pm–late.

48 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Open from 6pm–late.

6 Russell Place, Melbourne
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Hanoi Hannah Vol. II

Open from 12pm–11pm.

306 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
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Cantina Carolina

Open from 5.30pm–late.

48 Toorak Road, South Yarra


Open from 8am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge. $10 cocktails available on the day.

187 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Bar Margaux

Open from 4pm–3am. 15 per cent surcharge.

Basement 111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

300 Grams

Open from 4.30pm–9pm.

313 High Street, Northcote


Open from 6pm–11pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

202 Commercial Road, Prahran

Hardimans Hotel

Open from 12pm–late. 10 per cent surcharge. For $40, you can have a champagne breakfast at the pub and be bussed to and from the race.

521 Macaulay Road, Kensington


Open from 6pm–11pm.

1/166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Globe Alley

Open from 4pm–1am.

1 Globe Alley, Melbourne

Prince Dining Room

Open from 7am–late. 10 per cent surcharge. It's hosting a post-Cup party upstairs on the prince deck (tickets are $50).

2 Acland Street, St Kilda
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King & Godfree Espresso Bar

Open from 8am–late.

293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton


Open from 12pm–late.

297 Lygon Street, Carlton
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Johnny’s Green Room

Open from 12pm–late. The extended licence and race-inspired snacks make this one a great all-day option.

Level 3, 293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton

Arbory Afloat

Open from 11.30am–1am.

2 Flinders Walk, Melbourne


Open from 9am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

Winter Malvern

Open from 7.30am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

1E Winter Street, Malvern


Open from 12pm–8pm.

89 Sydney Road, Brunswick


Open from 10am–1am.

Ella, Melbourne Central Corner Latrobe and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne

The Wood Samaritan

Open from 12pm–11pm, with a special cocktail menu for the day. Proceeds from the day are being donated to The Coalition for The Protection of Racehorses.

140 Lygon Street, Brunswick East


Open from 9am–2pm. 10 per cent surcharge on food only.

582 Swan Street, Burnley


Open from 5pm–9pm.

248 Blackburn Road, Glen Waverley

Elwood Bathers

Open from 7.30am–late. 15 per cent surcharge. The races will be showing on the screens.

15 Elwood Foreshore, Elwood
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Rising Embers

Open from 12pm–3pm, 5pm–11.30pm.

Level 1 139 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Espy

Open from 11am-12am. 15 per cent surcharge. DJs from 5pm.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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Bicycle Thieves

Open from 8am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

449 High Street, Northcote

Baker Bleu

Open from 7.30am–12pm.

119/121 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North


Open from 11.30am–2pm, 5.30pm–11pm.

9-11 Cremorne Street, Cremorne

Fred's Bar

Open from 7.30am–11pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

9-11 Cremorne Street, Cremorne