10 spots to sip champagne for Melbourne Cup

Aviary Rooftop Bar
Stingray Lounge
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort
The Island
Gold Coast Turf Club
Hideaway Kitchen and Bar
Garden Kitchen & Bar
Videre at RACV Royal Pines
The Collective

Spring racing season is upon us once again and you know what that means Gold Coasters? Champagne and fancy frocks for everyone.

Because we know you love a party as much as we do, we’ve collated a list of 10 top spots to watch the race that stops the nation while also enjoying bulk food and beverages and probably placing the odd bet or two.From north to south, here’s where to spend the day on November 6th, get in quick, they’re all selling fast.|

Southport Sharks

  • Aviary Rooftop Bar
    Enjoy all the horse racing action while overlooking the iconic Gold Coast skyline. The cocktail style event will feature an extensive grazing table, traditional wood fire pizzas and a decadent dessert station plus three-hour beverage package will get you in the Melbourne Cup spirit, with Chandon S and selected premium beers and wines from $140 per person.
  • Cabana Bar
    You’ll be greeted with G.H.Mumm champagne cocktail on arrival, and invited to celebrate in true garden party style with shared tapas platters served along with a dessert buffet. There’ll be a fashion parade, DJ, prizes and of course, LIVE racing action on all the screens. Tickets are $85 or $75 for members.
  • Sharks Event Centre
    Take a euphoric trip to Cloud Nine at Sharks Events Centre for the 2018 Melbourne Cup. Enjoy the thrill of horse racing on FIVE big screens with live betting facilities, best dressed fashion awards, a four hour beverage package and three course menu; the day has been designed to bring back the fun and flirtiness of Melbourne Cup! Tickets $120 per person.
    Where: Cnr Olsen Ave and Musgrave St, Southport

QT Gold Coast

  • Stingray Lounge
    QT Gold Coast’s famed bars, Stingray and Yamagen, combine to create a Melbourne Cup party you won’t soon forget. With Mumm Rosé Champagne on arrival, three hours of premium food and drinks PLUS every guest will receive a refreshing Aperol Spritz. Of course, there’ll be best-dressed competitions, sweeps, big screens for all the racing action and DJs to top it all off. Tickets are $110 per person here.
  • Bazaar
    With ample glamour, an indulgent feast plus all of the champagne, this Melbourne Cup is shaping up to be a doozy. Head to Bazaar for all of the above plus Flemington streaming live, a gigantic sweepstakes and of course, it wouldn’t be Melbourne Cup without awards for the best dressed. After lunch, the party will press on in Stingray Lounge, and who knows when that night will be over. Tickets are $149 here.
    Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort
A ticket to the Marriott will bring with it a three course spring lunch, three hours of premium wine, beer and soft drink and access to the after party at Chapter & Verse Bar and Lounge. There’ll be live entertainment, a fashion show, sweepstakes, prizes for best dressed, live coverage from Flemington, raffle tickets and giveaways. All of the best things. Individual tickets are $155 and from $1450 for a table of 10. Get yours here.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise

Crowne Plaza
Head to the Crowne Plaza for the ultimate Melbourne Cup luncheon high in the sky. Watch the race LIVE on our screens in style, whilst enjoying views as far as the eye can see, from the sparkling ocean to the lush green hinterland. Ticket includes lunch from the delicious seafood and Australian-fusion buffet as well as a two and a half hour drinks package. PLUS your chance to win a lucky door prize!
Where: Level 26, 2807 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise 

The Island Gold Coast
The Island is known for fab soirées and this year’s Melbourne Cup event promises to be exactly that! Set over three fabulous levels, the Island’s event will feature a dazzling array of fashion, food, drink and live entertainment galore. With your choice of the Cocktail Party or the Gala Luncheon there is something to suit every taste. Tickets from $99.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast Turf Club
Trackside is the perfect place to be to watch the race that stops the nation this year. There are several packages to choose from including the Members Day Pass, the Event Centre Package including a grazing menu and beverage package. Skyline Restaurant is offering a four course menu including a premium beverage package with basic spirits from $629 for a table for two and Gallery Restaurant has a deluxe seafood buffet plus a beverage package from $501 for a table of two.
Where: Racecourse Drive, Bundall

Hideaway Kitchen and Bar
One of the most fun events on the Coast, Hideaway is at it again for this years Melbourne Cup. Get yourself a four hours drink package plus four hours of canapé-style Asian street food. There’ll be sweepstakes, raffles, fashions on the field and live music with Kate McKay from 2pm. Doors open at 11am and tickets are just $125 per person.
Where: 2657 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach 

The Star Gold Coast

  • Garden Kitchen & Bar
    Inside there’ll be a delicious three course lunch and three hour beverage package, pop up beauty bar, fashions on the field, prizes, DJ, sweeps and more. On the lawn, step out in style at the Pimms and Veuve Clicquot Lawn bars and a mega screen with live race coverage. Plus, entertainment, prizes and picnic packages help bring the field to life. Tickets are $160 per person, get yours here.
  • Nineteen at The Star
    Indulge in canapes and a four hour drinks package in the beautiful lounge bar plus enjoy Fashions on the Rooftop, screens to enjoy all of the racing action, live DJ sets and entertainment all afternoon. It’s sure to be one of the finest celebrations around, all overlooking the Gold Coast skyline. Nineteen’s sit down lunch event sold out quick smart and this one is sure to be a sellout too. Tickets $150 per person.
  • Cucina Vivo
    It’ll be a glamorous affair at the stunning Cucina Vivo on Cup Day. Enjoy an exquisite meal and beverage package, pop-up Moet bar on the balcony, sweeps, special guest MC and best-dressed prizes. Tickets $65 per person here.
  • Sports Bar
    See all the Flemington action at Sports Bar this Melbourne Cup. Take the party onto the terrace with a two hour drinks package including canapés. With the race live, large and loud on the big screen, you won’t miss a moment of the action. Tickets are $99 per person, get yours here.
    Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

RACV Royal Pines

  • Videre
    Videre is the place to be this Melbourne Cup Day. Enjoy the excitement of Melbourne Cup from Level 21 at Videre Restaurant. Elevate your senses with an exquisite high tea including a three-hour beverage package. Watch all the live action along with sweepstakes and lucky door prizes. Tickets are $85 here.
    Where: Ross St, Benowa
  • Kalinda Restaurant
    Join in the spring carnival fun at Kalinda Restaurant with a freshly prepared seafood buffet lunch including a 3-hour beverage package. Watch all the live action along with sweepstakes and lucky door prizes. Tickets are $110 here.

Granddad Jack’s
If kicking back around a big table with friends licking messy fingers full of flavour and working your way through an epic cocktail list sounds more your style, Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery is the place to be. Catch the race live on the big screen at the new neighbourhood distillery at Miami while enjoying a mouth-watering three course menu courtesy of Fingers and Bones.
Where: 45 Lemana Lane, Miami 

The Collective
It’s a southern soiree once again at The Collective in Palm Beach. For $85 you’ll get a four course lunch and drink on arrival plus add a drinks package to keep the party happening. Silver gets you beer, wine and bubbles for $60 while Gold equals premium champagne, cocktails, wine, and beer for $90. Happy days.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach