Celebrate Melbourne Cup In Sydney At One Of These Iconic Sydney Venues

Guide, Sydney / 15 September 2022

Has your boss given you the task of planning Melbourne Cup celebrations this year? We are making it easier with our guide to some of the best offers across restaurants, bars and pubs in Sydney. Take your pick!

The race that stops a nation is galloping towards us with the event taking place on Tuesday, 1st November 2022. We love an excuse to clock off work early and be social with our colleagues, and thankful Solotel venues are coming through with the goods. Ranging from bougie-long lunches harbourside to canapes and entertainment, here are different ways to celebrate this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Looking for something fancy?


For an extravagant way to play this race day, celebrate with a spectacular view and exceptional food and wine at Aria. Enjoy a glass of Ruinart on arrival and a bespoke four-course lunch by Executive Chef Tom Gorringe for $350 per person. Really dial up the decadence by adding oysters and caviar to your experience. There will be sweeps and ‘best dressed’ prizes on the day. Find out more here.

Opera Bar

Set against the best backdrop Sydney has to offer, Opera Bar celebrates Melbourne Cup with roving canapes, the race live and loud on the big screens, live music, sweeps, best dressed and lucky door prizes for $75 per person (minimum 20-person booking). There will be space for smaller groups and walk-ins who can enjoy the regular menu on the day. Find out more here.

North Bondi Fish

Spend the afternoon overlooking Bondi Beach with a four-course shared menu, cocktail on arrival, best dressed and lucky door prizes, as well as the race played live and loud at North Bondi Fish. Tickets are just $155 per person. Find out more here.

Barangaroo House

Buzzing day and night, Barangaroo House is a three-level hive, each with its own dining and drinks adventure. Melbourne Cup at ground floor House Bar is always a good time, made better with its chilled waterside vibes. For $95 per person, you’ll enjoy BBQ kushiyaki and cold seafood stations along with a refreshing slushie cocktail on arrival. On level 1, at Rekōdo Restaurant & Vinyl Bar, get lost in a playlist of dishes with the omakase set menu and a Sake Spritz on arrival for $195 per person. Head further upstairs to the sophisticated NYC-inspired rooftop cocktail bar. At Smoke, you will feast on a generous parade of canapes and free-flowing beverages for $240 per person. Find out more here.

Chophouse Sydney

At Chophouse, serving quality, Australian-sourced beef is what they do best. Using butchery, cheffing and farming know-how, Aussie produce champion Matt Moran calls the cuts. Melbourne Cup at Chophouse involves a day of beautiful food and drinks. Enjoy a drink on arrival, an incredible 3-course menu created by Chef Scott Kim, the race live and loud, best dressed and lucky door prizes. Find out more here.

Looking for something more casual?

The Golden Sheaf Hotel, Double Bay

No one does The Cup like The Sheaf! Expect a day bursting with colour, excitement, flowing drinks and delicious food. The race will be live and loud on the big screens, as well as sweeps, best dressed prizes and two different packages to choose from. Garden Bar will host a three-course sit-down lunch with a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival for $110 per person. Upstairs, is a cocktail party vibe with a glass of Chandon rose on arrival, grazing stations and canapes for $75 per person. Find out more here.

Clock Hotel, Surry Hills

A fabulous Melbourne Cup Day is coming to Surry Hills at The Clock. Expect French-inspired food and sparkling wine flowing all day long. Enjoy a drink on arrival, followed by roaming canapes throughout the day and mouth-watering grazing stations. There’s a huge prize for best dressed, sweeps before the big race, and of course all the action live and loud on the TV screens. Find out more here.

Albion Hotel, Parramatta

If you’re in Sydney’s west, then say Giddy up to Albies this Melbourne Cup Day. Enjoy a fun day out with your friends whilst watching the races live and loud on the big screens, with live entertainment throughout the day and a delicious three-course menu. There’ll also be best dressed, sweeps and lucky door prizes. For $70 per person enjoy a glass of Big Ears prosecco on arrival and a three-course lunch in the sun-soaked courtyard and lounge bar. There will be a live band after the main race followed by DJs. Find out more here.

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