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Sydney's chic venues to celebrate Melbourne Cup

The Property Addict / Luxury Lifestyle

Oct 19 2017

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Who needs the rough and tumble of Flemington when you can revel in the excitement from a beautiful venue complete with amazing food and drinks? If you fancy a flutter without having to jostle for a seat/viewing position, these venues will ensure your race day is as elegant and luxurious as you see fit. OTTO At bustling Woolloomooloo Wharf, OTTO gives the race that stops a nation a dose of la dolce vita. On arrival you will be receive a glass of champagne and assaggi, followed by a three-course Italian lunch, all for $195 per person. With impressive city views, large plasma screens, sweeps and awards for the best hat and best dressed " this is doing the Melbourne Cup in style. 8/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo Banksii The achingly cool Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro is offering a serious Melbourne Cup Day bonanza. For $100 pp, you'll be treated to "Ë?The Derby' spritz on arrival, followed by a heavy smattering of plates including grilled prawns with curry leaf butter and pickled turmeric and San Daniele prosciutto with glazed almonds and grilled peach among plenty more. The entire Barangaroo precinct is promising big things, so be sure to make a day of it and check out what's on here. 11/33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo KINGSLEYS Always one to keep the men happy, this handsome steakhouse on the Woolloomooloo finger wharf is throwing a sumptuous three course feast with a Champagne on arrival. Entrà ©e includes an extravagant seafood platter followed by your choice of tenderloin, grain fed rib eye or barramundi and a decadent dessert. The festivities include sweeps, door prizes and more race-day shenanigans for $160per person. 10/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo alpha Alpha Restaurant Indulge in a Greek extravaganza at Sydney's Alpha Restaurant to celebrate the Race that Stops a Nation, with a glass of bubbles and a swath of the venue's classic dishes for $99. The team at Alpha will also be coordinating a sweep so you can get amongst the action playing out on the big screen. Yamas! 238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney Seadeck Sydney If you want to turn your race day celebrations into a nautical affair, look no further than the Seadeck's irresistible offer. For $160 you'll be the treated to three hours of food and drinks with the best backdrop to the Melbourne Cup you'll ever come across. The cocktail style event will be live streaming the Race and you can enter the running to win $100 for best dressed guest (male and female) " because who needs a field when you have an entire ship at your fingertips! King Street, Wharf 9, Darling Harbour 1821 1821 For those in the heart of the city, 1821 is bringing a taste of Greece to Melbourne Cup festivities. Dine on the trapezi menu ($110 per person) and you can expect a selection of authentic Greek fare from assorted dips, BBQ lamb shoulder, fish of the day and caramel baklava ice cream. For bookings of four or more people, a complimentary bottle of Mumm will be yours to enjoy. 122 Pitt Street, Sydney The Port If you have a big group to organise for Melbourne Cup this year, and heading to a rowdy pub just won't cut the mustard, Darling Harbour's new darling, The Port, is just the answer. Throwing a VIP cocktail party, keen revelers will be smothered with canapà ©s and Mumm throughout the afternoon for $110 per person. 2-10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour rosetta ROSETTA One of the buzziest openings of 2017 is Rockpool Dining Group's Rosetta, whose irresistible menu is inspired by his extensive travels throughout the country of love. You can settle in to the sun-filled terrace bar with a glass of Champagne and a delicious three course meal as you watch the race live. We have our eye set on the burrata with grilled Treviso and the rose veal osso bucco " and plan on teaming it with a few bottles of Italian tipple. Melbourne Cup Day at Rosetta is $180 per person. Grosvenor Place, 118 Harrington Street, Sydney The Cut If you're a serious steak and seafood lover, then book a spot at The Cut Bar & Grill for a Melbourne Cup luncheon. For $120 per person, you will receive a beautiful three-course lunch with a glass of champagne and canape to start. Our top menu picks, the delicious burrata with house cooked ham and the slow roast Rangers Valley rump cap with sweet corn puree and green olive chimichurri. Superb! 16 Argyle Street, The Rocks bennelong Bennelong Hands down one of Sydney's most iconic waterside dining spots, Bennelong is hosting a Melbourne Cup luncheon for $220 per person. Receive a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a four-course lunch menu designed by Executive chef Peter Gilmore and Head Chef Rob Cockerill. As the races play out, sweeps, lucky door prizes and "Ë?fashions off the field' will run. Bennelong Point, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Bistro Guillaume We recommend locking in your Melbourne Cup Day celebrations at Bistro Guillaume sooner rather than later. The famed venue is likely to sell out of places fast, with a tempting three course menu on offer for just $75. Keep your eyes glued to the action on screen as you munch on Crystal Bay Prawns, beef bavette and a velvety Valrhona chocolate soufflà ©, and FYI, the Bistro will also be pouring bottles of Perrier-Jouà «t Grand Brut for a Cup Day price of $80 a bottle. Trà ¨s bien. 259 George Street, Sydney ucello Ucello Always the host with the most, Merivale's Ucello is throwing another of their unforgettable Cup Day parties with a four-course blowout commenced with a flute of Veuve Clicquot Rosà © Vintage for $295 a head. Indulge in the hatted Italian fare as you overlook all of the mischief unfolding at The Ivy's Pool Club without having to dive straight in to the debauchery (there'll be plenty of time for that after The Race). 4/320 George Street, Sydney RESTAURANT HUBERT Sydney's favourite French bistro Hubert is just the place to venture if a touch of old-world glamour piques your interest. The subterranean restaurant is putting on a three-course banquet, starting with oysters and champagne, followed by snails and kingfish, and your choice of mains and dessert. Magnums of Champagne, Burgundy and Barolo are available upon request " and why not?! You'll need to celebrate your wins. Basement 15 Bligh Street, Sydney catalina Catalina No list of chic venues to watch the Melbourne Cup is complete without mentioning Rose Bay's very own Catalina. For $160 per person, experience their four-course luncheon starting with canapes on arrival, and choice of entrà ©e, main and dessert. To keep you close to the race day action, there are sweeps, prizes for best dressed and best hat, and screens to catch the big race. Lyne Park, Rose Bay Sake The Rocks For a little spin on your Melbourne Cup festivities, Sakà © The Rocks is offering a sensational six-course contemporary Japanese menu " including some of Sake's signature dishes from nori crisps and kingfish ceviche to scampi tempura and cape grim tenderloin. All of this with a glass of Veuve for $129 per person, with the option to add on a drinks package. 12 Argyle Street, The Rocks est Est. Experience Cup Day the Merivale way. Est. steps it up a notch with a flute of Dom Pà ©rignon on arrival which will be followed by a decadent three-course menu created by Peter Doyle, all for $250 per person. In Est.'s grand surrounds the menu for the day will include spanner crab to start, aged duck breast with chickpea miso for main and the hazelnut chocolate parfait. Yum! Level 1, Establishment, 252 George Street, Sydney NOLA Smokehouse and Bar This Barangaroo restaurant is set to put on one hell of a show for Melbourne Cup this year, ensuring you get your fill of Cajun and Creole cuisine fused with Southern BBQ cooking. For $90 a head, you'll be treated to a seemingly endless supply of canapes over three hours and a glass of Taittinger on arrival (be sure to try one of the Sazerac cocktails while you're there " we're certain it'll give you that lucky edge). Level 1, International Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo South Originally published in Sitchu. Save

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