An Adelaide Guide To Melbourne Cup

This is our guide to the best events in Adelaide on Melbourne Cup day.

It’s the race that stops the nation – the race that makes it okay to have a television hauled into the office just to cheer on a horse you’ve bet on. Usually, you lose tragically, but imagine – you bet on the winning horse, your popularity in the office increases for a week and you’re the hottest topic around the water cooler.

But you need more than this! With this taste of fame and glory you’ve just received, you need something else to uphold your status. So what you need is some ideas for Melbourne Cup events. Allow us to guide you through some of the best Melbourne Cup events in Adelaide that you can sway the team on.

Vardon Avenue Melbourne Cup Street Party

One of the highlights of the year in the East End, is the Melbourne Cup Vardon Avenue event, which brings not only a great street party and lunch to the East End, but plenty of music, fashion and entertainment, while always supporting a great cause. This year the event is helping to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. Enjoy a 3 course sit down shared menu curated by Josh Lansley, Mothervine & Lemongrass. You will also enjoy 4.5 hours of premium beverages including Pol Roger, Yalumba, & Deviation Road.

Tickets are $265. For more info or to buy tickets click here.

Mayfair Hotel

Enjoy the vibrancy of Melbourne Cup atop the city at HENNESSY Rooftop Bar!From 12:00pm to 3:00pm, guests will be treated to the following inclusions:

  • Three-hour premium beverage package
  • Substantial roving canapés
  • Live seafood station
  • Sumptuous sweets

Be entertained by cup sweepstakes, fashion awards, live acoustic and DJ music. HENNESSY Rooftop Bar will open to the public after 3:00pm for continued post-race celebrations.

Tickets are $129, buy yours here.

Rob Roy Hotel

This city pub on Halifax Street will offer a much more laid back environment for all those looking for an event more on the casual side. Rob Roy Hotel’s Melbourne Cup event will start at 12 pm for a 4 hour all you can eat and drink package priced at just $100. Put on your hats, bow ties, horse-racey outfits and come along for a great afternoon of live music and horses (some fast, some slow) in a cozy, Victorian-era venue.  

Booking and ticket info here


Experience spectacular panoramic coastal views whilst enjoying fine dining premium beverage and the race that stops the Nation!

Port Adelaide Football Club Great Warren Tredrea will lead guests on Tuesday November 3 through a day of racing entertainment fashion sweeps and fundraising.

Tickets are priced at $120 and include a 3-course meal a premium beverage package from 11:30am access to a bookie and of course big screen race action.

All proceeds from this event will support the Sammy D Foundation to provide education and mentoring support to young people in South Australia.

Grab tickets here.

The Unley

Join The Unley for Melbourne Cup Lunch and watch the race that stops the nation.

Enjoy the special A La Carte menu, sweeps throughout the day, watch the big race and more!

  • Special A La Carte menu
  • Mumm Champagne $58 bottle / $13.5 gls
  • Sweeps
  • Race shown on all TV’s
  • Happy hour ALL DAY | includes $1 off pints & $10 off bottles of wine*

Click here to book.

Arkaba Hotel

The Arkaba’s concocting something different this year for Melbourne Cup in the Top Room.

Join them for a whimsical time with Hendrick’s Gin. Hendrick’s is a unique gin created from eleven fine botanicals with marvellous infusions of rose and cucumber. They’ll will be bringing the spirit of Hendrick’s to you – think magical creations, sophisticated settings, royal roses and odd delights, with the addition of Hentley Farm wines from the Barossa. Jarrod Walsh will be looking after you for the day, with his charming wit and extensive sports knowledge.

DJ Justice will be bringing the vibes in-between the races. And as always, we they’ll be proudly supporting Variety Moto Run with sweeps, auctions for marvellous prizes, silent Calcutta auction and part proceeds donated to the charity. You won’t miss any of the action with three 100 inch screens, TAB facilities and live updates.

Tickets $135 per person, grab yours here.

Karrawatta Wines

This one’s a bit further out, but if you’re looking for a day away from town and want to celebrate Melbourne Cup in style, this event’s for you. Karrawatta is a new cellar door, tucked away into the Adelaide Hills, where you’ll enjoy a 3 course lunch in stunning vineyard surroundings. The $140 per person package features their signature charcoal grill lunch served as shared platters, sit-down meal style in the intimate cellar door. The impressive views and an open-air race screening experience will be super rewarding. 

Book tickets here.

The Lion Hotel

Be one of the first to enjoy the new hospitality at The Lion as they welcome you for the race that stops the nation. Choose from three superb hospitality options

Restaurant: $150 p/p includes 3 course menu and 3 hour platinum beverage package from Shaw & Smith Wines.
Jerningham Room: $120 p/p includes 3 course menu and 3 hour premium beverage package from Petaluma & Croser.
General Admission: (Express & Garden Bar) $95 p/p includes 3 course shared menu (for table groups) and 3 drink vouchers.

For full menu details for each offerings, please phone event manager Ashleigh Sandford on (08) 8367 0222 or email on [email protected]

The Moseley Bar and Kitchen

For all you ocean dwellers, the Moseley has the perfect Melbourne Cup soiree for you. The bay-side bar and kitchen is putting on a three course lunch, including a glass of champagne on arrival for $99 per person. Adelaide’s own Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello will also be hosting the luncheon as sweeps and prizes for best dressed are also on offer. But, if a spread with local produce and ocean views weren’t tempting enough, part proceeds of the event will go to Catherine House.

Melbourne Cup at The Moseley will be held at 11 Moseley Square, Glenelg. To book, click here.

National Wine Centre (SOLD OUT)

Little Heroes Foundation is hosting a Melbourne Cup luncheon at the National Wine Centre on North Terrace. Starting from 11:30 am on Tuesday 3rd November, this will include a 3 course lunch and 4 hour drink package in Hickinbotham hall. Lifted, cathedral-like architecture, state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities and a wealth of natural light, this jarred-floored space offers a natural feel, with rammed earth walls and wooden fittings.

Enjoy race coverage on the big function screens along with bookie service, auction items, best dressed prizes and even an exclusive after party. Full royal style.

Their wine sponsor for this year is Bird in Hand Winery
Book tickets for the event here

Morphettville Racecourse (SOLD OUT)

Our very own Adelaidean racecourse at will be featuring a televised view of Australia’s most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race along with live racing action at Morphettville itself. Double the bets, double the fun.

You’ll have a fabulous dining experience up at the Derby Pavilion with great views of all the action. Packages starting from $160 include: entry into the racecourse, a 3-course luncheon, 5 hour premium beverage package, 1 race book between 2 guests and betting facilities. 

If you’re a race lover of even if you’ve never actually attended one before, this is a must go-to. It’s a powerhouse of energy, passion, booze, food, crowds and high spirits. 

Book tickets here

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