Melbourne Cup 2021 is just around the corner and what better excuse than to take the first Tuesday in November off to dress up, go to your favourite venue and watch the horse races live on a big screen. 

Australians love horse racing and the Melbourne Cup, when it runs on the first Tuesday in November most around the country will be tuning in to the live coverage. In Brisbane many venues are welcoming guests for a Cup day themed event, so we have put together 8 venues and their package offerings for the day.

We hope these ideas around Brisbane will put you on the right track!

Victoria Park, Spring Fling

  • Venue: Victoria Park
  • Address: 261 Herston Rd, Herston QLD 4006
  • Capacity: 550
  • Event Type: Conferences, Networking, Parties, Weddings

Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Victoria Park’s Spring Fling!

Tuesday 2 November 2021 | 11:30am – 3:30pm

$155pp – Group Bookings Required | Victoria Park Ballroom

​Round up your table and giddy up for an awesome Melbourne Cup day! Enjoy Piper Heidsieck Champagne and Tropical Aviation cocktails on arrival, canapés, a three course lunch and four hour premium beverage package including free flowing wine and beer. Be dazzled by an entertainment line-up inclusive of live music by the Baker Boys Band, fashions on the field, a live fashion illustrator and raffle/sweeps for Spinal Life Australia.

Spring Garden Party, Eagle Farm Racecourse

  • Venue: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Address: 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot QLD 4007
  • Capacity: 180
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings

Discover our exciting NEW Spring Garden Party precinct; offering a trackside experience like no other.  

Located on the St Leger Lawn and offering the latest music beats, competitions and giveaways, Oscar Oscar Salons Fashions on the Field and a variety of pop up bars and food outlets there’s no other place to be!

Experience a range of tantalising menus all centred around a Spring time life sized maze garden bar with a birds eye view of the days racing from the St Leger Grandstand.

Gather your friends for a truly great day out! $60 per person.

Package Inclusions:

  • General Admission to the Racecourse 
  • Access to the Spring Garden Party Area on the St Leger Lawn
  • 1 x beverage on arrival

Melbourne Cup Day Lunch, Queensland Cricketers Club

  • Venue: Queensland Cricketers Club
  • Address: Gabba Towers, 411 Vulture St, East Brisbane QLD 416
  • Capacity: 400
  • Event/Type: Conference, Private Dining, Parties, Networking

Join the Queensland Cricketers Club for the 2021 Melbourne Cup Lunch at the QCC! Begin your day with complimentary pre-luncheon bubbles, then settle into the long table two-course luncheon soirée. The bar will be open all afternoon for you to purchase your own beverages throughout the event OR you can upgrade your ticket to include a premium three hour beverage package for bottomless beverages!

Tuesday 2 November 2021 | 11:30am

$65 per person INCL GST (booking fees apply) OR $110 per person per upgrade Inclusions: 2 course lunch with bubbles on arrival or 2 course lunch with 3 hr drinks package.


  • Venue: Motorwagen
  • Address: 300 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
  • Capacity: 32
  • Event/Type: Private Dining, Parties, Networking

At Motorwagen, they love getting people together to enjoy good coffee, food and fine beverages of all kinds!

Centrally located on Adelaide St in Brisbane’s CBD, Motorwagen Café & Restaurant reflects the innovation and creativity of Karl Benz, inventor of the world’s first petrol powered vehicle. Motorwagen’s design is elevated casual dining, set in a stunning modern European style space.

With a variety of spaces including our Bar Area, outside Terrace, Private Dining Room or Full Venue, Motorwagen is the perfect location for your next business meeting, presentation, special occasion or corporate function.

Melbourne Cup day Package for $139 pp including drinks package of beer and wine for 3 hours.

Includes large screens of the race, sweeps, best dressed and lots of fun! – all included in the room hire.

Includes a 3 course choice menu and a snack! 

The Birdcage – Madame Hedges & Crystal Palais, Cloudland

  • Venue: Cloudland
  • Address: 641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
  • Capacity: 500
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings

A glam race day occasion in the expanses of Cloudland’s Madame Hedges and Crystal Palais. From 12.30pm – 3.30pm, enjoy 3 hours of:

  • Beverages: refreshing range of carafe cocktails and spritz, French sparkling, premium wines, premium tap beers, cider, soft drink and juices
  • Food: charcuterie, Italian cheeses and a selection of hot, cold and dessert substantial canapés
  • Entertainment throughout the afternoon
  • Fashions on the field, amazing prizes for best dressed Duke and Duchess, best race day hat, race day sweeps and more.
  • From $139 per person.

Fatcow Steak and Lobster

  • Venue: Fatcow Steak & Lobster
  • Address: 5/45 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
  • Capacity: 400
  • Event Type: Conferences, Networking, Parties, Weddings

Indulge yourself in an exclusive Melbourne Cup Day outdoors lounge at Eagle Street Pier! Offering stunning views of the Story Bridge and the Brisbane River, as well as free-flowing drinks & canapés for 3 hours..

This year they have combined two of the best venues at Eagle Street – Fatcow Steak & Lobster and Rico Bar and Dining to become one BIG PARTY!

Beverages included: Chandon Garden spritz, Chandon Sparkling, Belvedere vodka, White and Red wines, Espresso Martini, and beers.

Food: a selection of 7 types of canapés (hot and cold) from both venues.

Entertainment: full race-day coverage, DJ, sweepstakes, and best-dressed prizes!

Price: $250 per person 

Spring Social, Eagle Farm Racecourse

  • Venue: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Address: 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot QLD 4007
  • Capacity: 180
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings

Perched in the prime position of the winning post, boasting sweeping views from the large outdoor deck and it’s own private bar & betting facilities, Spring Social is the most exclusive ticket for Brisbane Spring Racing Carnival this year.

Spring Social promises to be the best party on the track with stilt walkers, snake handlers, Brisbane’s best live music & DJs, complimentary hair & make up stations & more.

Guests will celebrate in style with a 4 hr package – all-inclusive ticket: consisting of beer, wine, basic spirits & canapés (by Executive Chef John Felesina), with an hour of specially designed Spring Social cocktails to finish.

Don’t forget to grab a snap on the media wall or in our Spring Social photo booth.

Secure your ticket today as numbers are limited.

Package Inclusions:

  • Racecourse admission and access to the Lower Level of the Squire’s Perch on the Members Lawn
  • Delectable cocktail-style menu prepared by Executive Chef John Felesina
  •   Four-hour (11:30am – 3:30pm) premium beverage package featuring a selection of wine, beers and spirits.
  • One hour of cocktails (3:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Race programme per person
  • Plasma screens throughout the space for interstate race viewing
  • Private bar and betting facilities nearby
  • BRC Members & Guest Card Holders: $450 per person*, Non-Members: $500 per person*

Melbourne Cup High Tea, Spicers Balfour

  • Venue: Spicers Balfour
  • Address: 37 Balfour St, New Farm, QLD 4005
  • Capacity: 180
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings

Celebrate in style with Head Chef Lachlan Horstman’s Melbourne Cup inspired High Tea with a glass of sparkling.

The ticket also allows you to watch the race on big screen action at New Farm Cinemas, just around the corner.

You will automatically be entered into our sweepstakes, where you could win one night staying in luxury accommodation at Spicers Balfour Hotel and gourmet breakfast for two.


High tea – 1 sitting at 12 Noon

  • Glass of sparkling
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Ticket to New Farm Cinemas to watch the race at 2pm
  • Entry into the Balfour sweepstake’s.

Price is $85 per person.

Ehden Kitchen and Bar

Garden of Ehden
  • Venue: Ehden Bar and Kitchen
  • Address: 400 Montague Rd, West End QLD 4101
  • Capacity: 65
  • Event Type: Networking, Christmas Parties, Weddings

Ehden Bar and Kitchen is West End ‘s newest and most exciting bar, restaurant & function destination showcasing not only delicious but photo-worthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. With three beautiful areas to choose from, they can cater for up to 300 people & will find the perfect indoor, alfresco or even secret underground space for your special occasion.  

‘The Garden’ offers the perfect setting for engagements, wedding ceremony and reception, baby shower, birthday celebrations, networking events or long lunches.

Set outdoors in a lush tropical environment, sip cocktails and dine in your own garden oasis for Melbourne Cup with up to 65 guests. With packages starting from $50 per person, make sure to get your friends together, dress up and have a day to celebrate at Ehden Bar and Kitchen!


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