So silly season is almost upon us and the true start of the festivities bestowed upon Australians over the summer period is of course the Melbourne Cup!
Sydney Social 101 has compiled a guide for the Melbourne Cup celebrations across Sydney.
In no order of preference, here they are in all their glory:
FOUR POINTS SHERATON
The Heritage Atrium will boast: Sweeps a DJ, the must-have Projection screen & TV’s so that you can capture the action as it unfolds, lucky door prizes, a fashion show and live cooking stations.
All this for just $55 per person, which includes all food and a glass of Chandon on arrival. Bookings here.
GRAZIA will be hosting the ‘Get Racey’ luncheon at Hugos Bar Pizza with Editor Amy Molloy. Tickers are $120 pp includes a 3-course lunch plus all beverages. If this sounds like an event you’d like to back, bookings can be made at 02 9357 4411.
The functions teams at Keystone are raring to go with a range of Melbourne cup packages. With a range of delicious meals, beer, bubbles on offer and big screens in each venue what better way to make sure you don’t miss out on the action! Each Melbourne cup package includes big screens, sweeps & fashion on the field. Plus TAB facilities a stone throw away from each venue.
The Loft, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, cocktail style. This includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cargo Lounge, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, cocktail style. This includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or email@example.com
Cargo Bar, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, of a shared antipasto platter to start, alternate main and dessert canapés. To book, contact 02 9262 1777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bungalow 8, King Street Wharf – $120 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, of entrée, alternative main, followed by dessert canapés. To book, contact 02 9299 4660 or email@example.com
The Sugar Mill, Potts Point – $59 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, alternate main and shared dessert platter. To book, contact 02 9363 7333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kit & Kaboodle, Potts Point – $89 per person, cocktail style. Includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or email email@example.com
Gazebo Wine Garden, Potts Point – $130 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, 4 course lunch with a selection of 3 mains. To book, contact 02 9357 5333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Winery, Surry Hills – Choose between two options 1) $120 per person, cocktail style. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival and a laneway style BBQ. Or 2) $130 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass on arrival, 4 course seafood lunch with a selection of two mains. To book, contact 02 9331 0833 or email email@example.com
Manly Wine, Manly – $110 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival plus a choice of his or hers 4 course menu with alternative mains. To Book, contact 02 8966 9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kids Cup at ivy Charity luncheon is being held at the Ivy Ballroom of course! Tickets range from $200 per person or $2000 for a table. The cost includes three-course lunch including Chandon NV, wine and beer as well as sweepstakes, entertainment and live coverage of the race. All profits raised will go to Cure Our Kids. Bookings can be made here: 02 9240 3000
Melbourne Cup After-Party at Upstairs Beresford. Punters can choose to continue the horseplay after the big race. Free entry and live entertainment including Furnace & The Fundamentals to party the night away, music to our ears!
BAVARIAN BIER CAFE
Bavarian Bier Café gears up for the race that stops the nation – The glamour and excitement of Melbourne Cup is fast approaching and Bavarian Bier Café is hosting fever pitched fun across its restaurants including CBD favourites O’Connell and York Street, Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, beachside suburbs Manly and Bondi, the north side’s Crows Nest and Chatswood, and Parramatta in the city’s west.
Whether you are excited to have a flutter on the horses or simply hoping to soak up the atmosphere of race day, Bavarian Bier Café is the place to treat yourself to more than just the office sweepstake this Melbourne Cup – with all participating venues screening the afternoon of racing live.
Special Cup day festivities include:
o Sweepstakes, spot prizes and live screenings of the race across all restaurants.
o Set menus including delicious homemade pretzels, Bavarian deli platters, schnitzels and traditional apple strudel. 2 course $49pp and 3 course $59pp. For bookings at Manly, Crows Nest, O’Connell Street and York Street restaurants.
o Best dressed prize awarded to the most glamorous guy and gal.
Racing enthusiasts and aspiring trackside princesses alike can celebrate Melbourne Cup in true Bavarian style at Bavarian Bier Café. For more information about Melbourne Cup at Bavarian Bier Café, visit http://www.bavarianbiercafe.com/ or book by emailing email@example.com or callling 02 9259 5680.
Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar at The BELLEVUE
Located upstairs at the Bellevue, the beautiful NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar, styled by designer Michelle Leslie, was saturated with spring flowers, candles, painted murals, a freshly ‘turfed’ outdoor terrace and splashes of Mumm red and gold from the red carpet leading upstairs to lamp shades and Mumm imagery.
Set to be the place to be in Sydney during the spring racing carnival, the stylish ‘pop up’ bar will host Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Derby Day, as well as a special men’s dinner, a sumptuous Damien Pignolet dinner and the ultimate in Melbourne Cup day celebrations.
Bellevue Hotel co-owner and Riversdale Group CEO Paddy Coughlan welcomed guests, while ambassador for the NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar Laura Csortan told VIP and celeb partygoers she was thrilled to be back from LA and in one of her favourite Sydney pubs for the launch of the bar, and DJ Alex Dimitriades spun cool tunes throughout the night.
The NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar will run through until Melbourne Cup day on Tuesday November 6, and is available for group and function bookings.
MELBOURNE CUP AT THE OLD LIBRARY
From trackside to beachside all the glitz and glamour of Flemington will hit Cronulla when The Old Library Restaurant & Bar celebrates Melbourne Cup day in style.
A sumptuous three course luncheon for just $75pp has been designed by Head Chef David Magill and showcases the very best in seasonal produce and modern Italian flavour.
David Magill says, “Spring isn’t just about racing, it’s also the time to celebrate nature’s bounty. So why not heighten your glass of Moët with the freshest the season has to offer.”
At The Old Library David’s spring inspired Melbourne Cup menu includes “Stuzzichini” (Appertizers) of snapper carpaccio, baby beetroots and blood orange and an amazing salad of marinated artichokes, broad beans, fennel, olive and purple potatoes.
There will be all the usual Melbourne Cup Day celebrations, including big screen broadcast of the races, a sweepstake and fashion parade that will help set the scene in the award winning stylish surrounds of the spectacular Old Library.
The Old Library’s Melbourne Cup Luncheon will run on Tuesday 6th November and is available from $75pp. The Old Library is the only Shire restaurant to make it into the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Bookings are essential.
Address: 15 Surf Rd, Cronulla, NSW
Phone: (02) 9544 5360
Opening Hours: Thursday – Sunday, midday ‘til late
FIRST IN, BEST DRESSED AT THE 3 WEEDS THIS MELBOURNE CUP
Suits and frocks, fillies and jocks, Melbourne Cup unites style queens, gamblers and equine enthusiasts once a year and this November, Rozelle’s 3 Weeds restaurant brings the festivities to Sydney with a Carnival Cup Luncheon for all.
The Restaurant at 3 Weeds brings all the fun and excitement of Flemington to Rozelle with an elegant Melbourne Cup day menu devised by Head Chef Leigh McDivitt.
Large screens provide ample views of the racing action, while sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed make for some great fun off the track.
True to tradition, toast with a glass of bubbles on arrival, before indulging in a 3 course spring luncheon with entrees such as Camomile tea smoked quail with hand-picked crab, basil, sweet corn and ginger jus gras.
For those looking for a more casual experience, ‘Picnic In the Bar’ entails a gourmet hamper for 5, filled with delights such as Chicken & tarragon terrine and smoked salmon, dill & crème fraiche. The $150 hamper is perfect for a relaxing long ‘picnic’ lunch and comes with the promise of dry weather, unlike the imminent rain Melbourne is infamous for.
There will be plenty of activities on the day both in the Bar and Restaurant. Try your luck in the sweepstakes or the team race tipping competition where $500 in 3 Weeds vouchers will be up for grabs.
There will be prizes for Best Dressed Male and Female so don your race day best and join the 3 Weeds this Melbourne Cup!
The Carnival Cup Luncheon, held on Thursday November 1st, is available from just $80pp
Bookings are essential.
To book, head to http://3weeds.com.au or P: 02 9818 2788
The Restaurant is open:
Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm.
Lunch – Last Sunday of the Month from 12pm
Special Events – Upon request
SO what you waiting for, there is SO much to choose from – GET INVOLVED!
Setting the challenge to all Mitmenschen, Bavarian Bier Café’s annual bier (not beer) festival, Pure Bier Fest, will return this May, with a range of tempting deals on offer across its eight Sydney venues and the chance for true bier lovers to become the ultimate Bavarian Bier Café ‘Man’ or ‘Woman’.
Pure Bier Fest is a month-long celebration of the German Bier Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot). Arguably the best consumer law ever made, the 1516 legislation declares that pure German bier can only contain four ingredients; hops, malt, yeast and water – the Bavarian Bier Café’s secret to great tasting pure bier.
The Pure Bier Fest will officially launch on Tuesday 1 May across all Bavarian Bier Café venues including; CBD favourites O’Connell St and York St, Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, beachside ‘burbs Manly and Bondi and closer to home locals Crows Nest, Parramatta and Chatswood.
Pure Bier Fest’s calendar of offers includes:
Pure Bier lovers need not fear the return to the daily grind, with Monday night Bier Flights aiding you back into the working week – $10 gets you a selection of specially imported and specialty Bavarian Pure Biers.
Think you can slam down a mega pork schnitzel? The ultimate Löwenschnitzel eating challenge will stretch bellies across Sydney on Tuesday night, with a bier on the house if you get to the last gulp.
Pure Bier taste challenges will test the most hoppy taste buds on a Wednesday night, pitching Pure Bier against your, ahem, ‘standard’ Aussie beers (not biers).
Thursdays will see the return of the Bier Akademies, run by Bavarian Bier Café’s own Bier Meisters who will be teaching bier lovers everything they need to know about Pure Bier.
Bier & Beats featuring DJ music will get patrons in the mood to wind down the working week on Fridays.
As well as offering great food and bier deals, each Bavarian Bier Café will challenge bier aficionados to become ‘The Man’ or ‘The Woman’. Over the Pure Bier Fest guests can participate in a challenge and earn tallies against their name on the Bavarian Bier Café blackboard. At the end of the Pure Bier Fest, the winning Man or Woman at each location will receive an invitation into the Stein Club, an exclusive invite only bier club, and the accolade of their name represented on a stein in the venue.
Bier enthusiasts will delight in the range of Bavarian biers on offer. Whether you’re a traditionalist Löwenbräu Original devotee or if you’re enticed by the more subtle tropical flavours of Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Hell, there’s a bier on offer to tantalise all tastes for the amber liquid.
Bavarian Bier Café Managing Director, John Szangolies says: “Pure Bier Fest is a celebration of authentic, premium Bavarian Bier. It gives our patrons an opportunity to appreciate the quality ingredients and heritage of Bavarian Bier. Most importantly, we aim to put on a fun month where our guests can enjoy great food and bier while joining in the Pure Bier Fest spirit.”
For more information about Pure Bier Fest 2012, visit http://www.bavarianbiercafe.com/
For bookings contact:
Bavarian Bier Café
24 York Street
(02) 8297 4111
Bavarian Bier Café
16 O’Connell Street
(02) 9221 0100
Bavarian Bier Café
Shop 2-5, West Esplanade
(02) 9977 8088
Bavarian Bier Café
212 Bent St
Moore Park NSW 2021
(02) 9361 3833
Bavarian Bier Café
108 Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach 2026
(02) 8988 5935
Bavarian Bier Café
Chatswood Central Precinct
Shop 4-6, 1 Railway St
(02) 8922 8100
Bavarian Bier Café
2-8 Phillip Street
(02) 8836 1400