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What’s on: Melbourne Cup festivities

For any Melbournian or visitor of this fair city – the Melbourne Cup matters. It’s the race that stops the nation. Whether you’re a passionate follower or you don’t know your saddle to reins, how you celebrate cup day is crucial. Being a connoisseur of many things, it’s important to do the races properly. If you’re not luckily enough to have scored the hottest marquee ticket or secured your friends ‘carpark’ space; sometimes the best place to celebrate the race is actually not at Flemington.

The Modern Connoisseur has tracked down the best places to enjoy the races without enduring bright suits or crammed by a sea of people.

Sake Restaurant and Bar

If the performance of Japanese rider Admire Rakti – having recently won the Caulfield Cup – will bring home the Melbourne Cup, then Sake Restaurant and Bar is your winning ticket. With river side views of the Yarra, Sake Restaurant and Bar are offering an eight course banquet [$88 per person] that will be complemented with a day of Tokyo inspired fashion, racing, entertainment and celebrations.

Receiving champagne on arrival, guests will be taken on a culinary journey as they enjoy contemporary Japanese delights; including Wagyu beef tataki, salt & pepper bug-tails and Shaun Presland’s signature dish of steamed “Glacier 51” black cod – a delicious infusion of black cod with ginger and seared with smoking hot oil, spring onions and sesame chili ponzu.

Whether or not your horse wins on the day, attendees of Sake Restaurant and Bar Melbourne Cup festivities are in the running to win a one of a kind Japanese-inspired fascinator by Jason Grech.

More information and to book tickets can be found here.

Munich Brauhaus

Known for its optional lederhosen and dirndls dress code, Munich Brauhaus has been swept up by the Melbourne Spring Carnival festivities. The traditional dressing has been given a well-earned rest for fascinators and well-cut suits, as guests enjoy the cup festivities in the German beer hall.

To kick off proceedings, Cup Breakfast will be on offer for those who require the right amount of sustenance before embarking to Flemington. This is followed by the all-day Cup Lunch, with a number of packages on offer. For those after a sit down lunch, Munich Brauhaus is offering a Melbourne Cup day package [$75 per person] which includes a sparkling wine or bier upon arrival and a three course Bavarian feast. There will be sweeps and prizes throughout the day, fashion parades, make-overs for the ladies and a live screening of the day – you won’t miss a second of the action.

Win, lose or draw, Munich Brauhaus gets its grove on with a promising after party throughout the night.

More information and to book tickets can be found here.

The Boat Builders Yard

The Boat Builders Yard and in association with Mumm are moving the birdcage experience to South Wharf. On offer are Mumm Champagne, Wine and Beer, Canapes, Entertainment and Sweeps within its very own VIP area [$100 per person].

More information and to book tickets can be found here.

The Botanical

If views of lush grass and a garden are what you envisage for Melbourne Cup, then The Botanical has you covered. The Botanical will be transformed into a garden with breakfast (option of Champagne or Big Breakfast at $25) and a lunch course (four course lunch with a glass of Pommery NV). When the sun sets, The Botanical will be putting on an after party with a live band.

More information and to book tickets can be found here.

The West End of Crown

With any big group, competing interest can always be a problem. However, all interests are covered at the Spring Racing events held at Crown. From a formal lunch ($130 per person) to various pop-up bars, all expectations will be met.

More information and to book tickets can be found here.

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