There’s no doubt that Melbourne oozes racing fever in November – but you don’t have to be at the track-side to indulge in all the fun.

Whether a long lunch or an afternoon of cocktails and champagne – it’s time to throw on those gowns, suit up and enjoy the very best of Melbourne’s wining and dinning this Melbourne Cup …

The Atlantic, Crown

8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Celebrate Lexus Melbourne Cup Day at The Atlantic with a three-course menu crafted by Nick Mahlook, live racing coverage, sweepstakes and giveaways.

Price: $110 per person

Booking: 9698 8888

Neptune Food & Wine

212 High Street, Windsor

Cup Day Champagne Breakfast at Neptune Food & Wine

Start the festivities early with a Ruinart Champagne breakfast, featuring fresh fruit plates, granola, cooked morning staples and pastries, as well as return transfers to and from Flemington racecourse.

No pre-racing breakfast would be complete without the all-important flower installation, photo booth and Instagram printer.

Time: 9.00am – 11.00am, 11.15am departure to Flemington, 4:30 pm return to Neptune

Price: $95 per person, inclusive of three-course breakfast, Champagne, tea and coffee, return transfers to Flemington racecourse and ‘recovery’ kit

Bookings: http://bit.ly/NeptuneChampagneBreakfast

Melbourne Cup Boozy Race Banquet at Neptune Food & Wine with Capi

Sit back and soak up the atmosphere from the comfort of the venue’s booth seating and watch the action unfold on the various screens scattered throughout the venue.

Free-flowing booze featuring Capi bottled cocktails, wine, beer and Prosecco will be accompanied by a central grazing table and set two-course lunch.

Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm (doors open post this and DJ arrives)

Price: $145 per person

Bookings: http://bit.ly/neptunexcapilunch

Stokehouse

30 Jacka Blvd,  St Kilda

Stokehouse will visually transform into a spring haven from 1-8 November with a stunning race-inspired floral installation by renowned designer, Joost Bakker.

A signature racing cocktail will also mark the occasion, ‘The Fascinator’, featuring Ketel One vodka, hibiscus syrup, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and egg white, topped with Champagne and toasted meringue, along with a very limited edition Bollinger Champagne menu.

Patrons will also be able to watch the races beachside rather than trackside in the venue’s stunning dining room with screens showcasing the live action as it unfolds.

Bookings: info@stokehouse.com.au or 9525 5555

Left Bank Melbourne

1 Southbank Blvd, Southbank

The Iconic Melbourne cup lunch at Left Bank Melbourne is back! Join us for a dazzling three-course lunch at Melbourne’s most exciting cocktail, bar and dining destination.

Soak up the atmosphere and witness the world’s best at the pinnacle of horse racing in Australia, sensational spring menu, with two beverage package options.

Price:

Three courses with a glass of GH Mumm Champagne on arrival – $85 per person

Three courses & bottomless GH Mumm Champagne; complete with our premium wine selection- $135 per person

Booking: 03) 9682 4500

The Cricketers

69 Cruikshank St, Port Melbourne

Celebrate the most anticipated day of the Spring Racing Carnival at Port Melbourne’s The Cricketers, where patrons can enjoy the races away from the hustle and bustle of Flemington with all-inclusive classic or premium drink packages.

Price:

$50 per person, the classic package includes house wine and beer, Aperol spritz and soft drinks.

$65 the premium package includes Perrier Jouet champagne, spirits, house wine, beer, Aperol spritz, soft drinks and selected cocktails, all for

Packages available from 12.30pm-3.30pm