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And, They’re Off! Having A Winning Melbourne Cup At Darling Harbour

It’s the race that stops a nation, but it certainly doesn’t stop us having a good time. The hats, the champagne, the hats, the horses, the excitement, and the hats! Whether you’re with workmates or have ducked out for lunch with friends, there’s plenty to do at Darling Harbour as you have a flutter and cheer your horse to victory. (And plenty to help you commiserate, if need be.)

At Adria and Cyren Bar and Grill you can get a three-course meal, entertainment, an MC, big screens and sweeps, all with waterfront views, for $70 per person. If you’re after a more casual option, you can book a three hour canapes and beverages package for $65 per person at both these restaurants, as well as at Stacks Taverna. Darling Quarter will have its very own TAB Van on site so you can have a flutter while attending any of its venues.

Grab a seat on the balcony at Blackbird Cafe and peer out over the harbour, with eight plasma screens, a projector, door prizes, internal sweeps, and TAB facilities nearby.

$90 per person at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant lets you celebrate the race with a three course meal, mezze on arrival, big screens, sweeps, music, and lots of prizes.

Come together for an afternoon of spring dining at The Meat & Wine Co., with a rousing afternoon of fashion, sweeps, and several multi-course lunch options as you take in the great race on the big screens.

Criniti’s is serving up an indulgent custom-set menu, a three hour drinks package, live sweepstakes and a competition for best dressed, so you have another chance of winning something if your horse doesn’t quite get its nose over the line first.

At Nick’s Bar & Grill you can enjoy a large open-plan alfresco style celebration, with everyone joining in on the festivities with music, sweeps, big screens. Plus, an irresistible three course menu for $85 per person.

Hard Rock Cafe will be celebrating in their trademark rocking style, with prime waterfront views from their wraparound balcony, 14 plasma TVs, a giant super screen, and prizes for best dressed. $85 will get you a two-course and beverage package, with mains including hickory barbecue ribs, Tennessee rump, grilled Tasmanian salmon, and so much more. Drink options include Killawarra Brut Sparkling Wine, Upside Down Marlborough Sauv Blanc, Rothbury Estate Cabernet Merlot, plus a selection of beers, juices and soft drinks.

And if you want to get right into the action and on the water, Captain Cook Cruises has the deal for you. Departing from No. 1 King Street Wharf, you can treat yourself to an afternoon of premium dining, a live viewing race lounge, sweeps, best dressed competitions and lucky door prizes. For $119 per person you’ll get a three-course and wine, including a welcome drink and a bottle of wine between two (your choice of Tyrrells Brut, premium white or red).

Some join us! Celebrate in style and have an afternoon to remember. Oh, and there’s a horse race on too.

Bookings are essential at all venues. Follow the venue links throughout this post to get in touch!

Melbourne Cup at Darling Harbour
3 Nov
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