Melbourne’s got the Cup, but Sydney has the water. Here’s where to maximise your view while celebrating the race that stops the nation.
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Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour’s signature restaurant is laying on a spread for Melbourne Cup, courtesy of Executive Chef Stefan Brademann, whose focus is on locally sourced, fresh seasonal produce. His delicious three-course meal is backed up by a magnificent waterfront location, overlooking East Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge. Add champagne upon arrival and the picture’s perfect.
61 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay, 01 9256 4000
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Perched at the end of Pyrmont’s historic Jones Bay Wharf in a rustic timber and glass interior reflecting the heritage of the surroundings, award-winning Flying Fish is always a treat. Head chef Ian Royle creates a fine dining experience from the best seasonal produce and he’s offering an a la carte menu for Melbourne Cup, so you’ll have plenty of choice. The race is showing on screens at Flying Fish’s waterfront bar, Little Fish.
Jones Bay Wharf, 19-21 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, 02 9518 6677
Suit up, frock up and gather your crew for an indulgent afternoon overlooking the stunning Sydney city skyline and sparkling harbour together with smoothfm 95.3 hosts Bogart Torelli and Glenn Daniel. The Ternary restaurant’s premium four-hour cocktail package (12-4pm) at $135 per person includes Taittinger Champagne on arrival, flowing Evans & Tate wines and premium craft beers as well as a carefully curated selection of substantial canapés, plus live cooking demonstrations from the Ternary’s culinary team across two open kitchens.
Novotel Sydney, Darling Harbour, 02 9934 0000
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Take it to the northern beaches and celebrate a fresh and tasty menu inspired by the coast at Manly Wine. Enjoy a glass of Mumm Rosé on arrival and feast on a mouth-watering four-course menu including slabs to share (think crispy pea, mint and ricotta rice balls, sake and ponzu cured salmon, or roast haloumi with sweet and sour eggplant, toasted almonds) and big plates (like charred beef eye fillet or garlic and chilli prawn and mussels spaghetti). Finish the meal with an Australian cheeseboard and all the trimmings.
8/13 South Steyne, Manly, 02 8966 9000
Wax on, wax off… and head to Flume’s local where the spirit of the Karate Kid runs deep and the Japanese street food tastes awesome. Daniel San and its upstairs hot hang, the Beachside Dojo, will be bringing the party to the surf on Melbourne Cup Day with two options: the Daniel San Banquet in the ground floor chow-down bar, just a stroll across from the sand, and the Beachside Dojo Feast up top. The Banquet comes with a glass of sparkling, and the Feast a flute of Champagne. It’s rock n’ roll and we like it.
Banquet: $89pp; Feast: $120pp
55 North Steyne, Manly, 02 9977 6963
Celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style, right up close to the water and beneath the ‘Toaster’ building, at Eastbank Café-Bar-Pizza. Indulge in a three-course luncheon with spectacular harbour views for an outrageously reasonable $69 per person, with a complimentary glass of sparkling or beer on arrival. Chef Tim Fisher’s delicious three-course menu includes Sydney rock oysters; linguine di mare al cartoccio, with Spring Bay mussels, tiger prawns, clams, squid and market fish. There’s indoor or al fresco marquee dining, sweepstakes, best-dressed prizes and multiple screens.
69 Macquarie Street, Circular Quay, 02 9241 6722
Lap it up down at Woolloomooloo Wharf at Kingsleys with a glass of Veuve Clicquot to begin and a three-course lunch with cold seafood platters for entrées, grasslands tenderloin, roasted Wagyu, or ocean trout for mains and blueberry cheesecake or fruit compote for dessert. What better way to enjoy the race than a table overlooking the beautiful wharf as you sip on France’s finest?
10/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, 1300 546 475
Those who prefer a laidback bar vibe for their Melbourne Cup festivities will love the South Pacific tiki garden feel at Bungalow 8. Enjoy three complimentary glasses of Mumm or Peroni with shared entrées like seafood antipasto plates, sirloin, salmon or vegetarian mains and a heavenly dessert tasting plate. All with the harbour gleaming beside you.
3 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, 02 9299 4770
The Port. Image credit Esteban La Tessa.
Sydney’s hottest new waterfront venue is the place to be this Cup Day. The Port, Darling Harbour provides the perfect location to celebrate and unwind by the harbour. Located at the former Margaritaville site on the Harbourside Shopping Centre foreshore, the 1,050 capacity venue has undergone a complete overhaul under the design direction of architect Lainey Richardson whose previous work includes Wollongong’s Pepe’s On The Beach, The Annandale Hotel and The Henson in Marrickville. Offering a Long Table Luncheon with a selection of shared style dishes and premium beverage package. For those wishing to kick on, saddle up for the official after party from 4pm with cocktails galore and live entertainment late into the evening.
2-10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, 02 8029 8999
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Manly Wharf Hotel, Manly
Celebrate Cup Day harbourside with a three-course lunch within splashing distance of the water on Manly Wharf. There’s a glass of Chandon or James Boag’s Premium on arrival, and a three-course spread as you catch all of the action on the 12 plasma screens around the venue. On-site TAB facilities make it quick and easy to place bets, plus you can bag prizes for best dressed, so bring your fashion A game.
East Esplanade, Manly, 02 9977 1266
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Just around the corner at Cargo Bar, $105pp gets you three glasses of Mumm or Peroni with antipasto, lamb or barramundi mains and a shared dessert platter to get you into the spirit of the day. Harbour views come free of charge.
52-60 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, 02, 9262 1777
Manly Skiff Club
One of the most stunning views north of the bridge, plus a seafood buffet and bottle of Piper Heidsieck per table – that’s an equation for Melbourne Cup bliss. The Skiffy is right on the water, and is positively swimming in nautical atmosphere. Winners ahoy!
$120pp or $1,100 for a table of 10
Cnr East Esplanade and Stuart Street, Manly, 02 9977 3322