10 best venues to host a Melbourne Cup 2016 function in Sydney


Among the world’s greatest sporting events, Australia is edging closer to the race that stops the nation – the Melbourne Cup.

Unfortunately for us Sydney-siders, Melbourne Cup day isn’t a national holiday yet (despite the many reasons why it should be). But this means November’s best Tuesday can be a great opportunity to throw a work event to enjoy the festivities and build team spirit.

You can have your team vote before the big event to help choose the venue, however it can be hard to find the types of places that are right for you. This is why we’ve got you covered with the 7 Best Melbourne Cup venues in Sydney.


The Greens North Sydney


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With a beautiful terraced view of Sydney Harbour, beautifully presented meals and, of course, lawn bowls, The Greens North Sydney has quickly risen as one of the most picturesque watering holes in Sydney, particularly on sunny Spring days. If you’re looking for an open, bright venue for a decadent Melbourne Cup lunch, then you need look no further.

Book online here.

Address: 50 Ridge Street, North Sydney NSW 2060


The Glenmore


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You undoubtedly already know about The Glenmore thanks to its famous rooftop bar. Overlooking the Opera House, this bar in The Rocks offers a lavish spot to celebrate your race winnings with the ultimate after party.

If sipping on a fine champagne while enjoying Circular Quay views sounds like it’s for you, check them out.

Address: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000


El Loco


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The key draw of El Loco, both in its Surry Hills and Darling Harbour locations, is that limited bookings are allowed, which means that even on Melbourne Cup day, there’s a chance to get in impromptu and enjoy the Mexican-themed food and drinks. Margarita, por favor!

Online bookings for Surry Hills here and Darling Harbour here.

Surry Hills: 64 Foveaux St, Sydney NSW 2010

Darling Harbour: 111 Sussex St, Sydney, 2000




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High above the busy streets of the CBD is a bar that exudes a modern class that’s a perfect fit for Melbourne Cup’s suited-up festivities. O-Bar not only offers an amazing view from its wide windows and revolving floor, it also features a contemporary indoor space and delicious food from renowned chef Michael Moore.

Best of all, their Melbourne Cup event is available for bookings now!

Address: Level 47 Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney 2000


Quay Bar


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If there’s nothing quite like sitting in the sun to enjoy Cup Day, then there really isn’t anything quite like sitting outside in the sun with Sydney’s iconic Customs House behind you and Circular Quay in front. With a mix of classic Aussie and more cosmopolitan food and drink on the menu, Quay Bar is bound to provide a Melbourne Cup afternoon you won’t soon forget.

Book online here.

Address: 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000


The Sheaf


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In Double Bay, there’s a pub that looks just like any other traditional Aussie bar, but this facade hides the well-tended beer garden in the back. There, amidst the green and under the sun, the French champagne and rosé flows freely. But The Sheaf doesn’t forget its 100-year history as a pub, and classic and contemporary beers of all kinds are available as well.

It’s a venue that can cater to almost any taste, and they take group bookings here.

Address: 429 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2043


Courthouse Hotel


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The Courthouse Hotel is renowned as Newtown staple thanks to its spacious beer garden and focus on all things sports. It’s a country-styled bar set in the big city, making it the perfect place to relax and socialise while the race is stopping the nation.

Phone to book a table: (02) 9519 8273

Address: 202 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042


Watson’s Bay Hotel


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Though it may be a little out of the way, there’s no denying that The Watson’s Bay Hotel caters for everything you might need on Melbourne Cup Day: a beautiful outdoor area, a view over the bay, luxurious buffets and endless bubbly.

If all that is the ideal setting for your work event, then bookings for the venue are already available.

Address: 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030


Bondi Icebergs Lounge


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And speaking of beautiful views, the Bondi Icebergs Lounge is another venue that’s sure to cater for gorgeous panoramas to match your impressive fancy dress. With a Cup Day programme that includes a seafood buffet and complimentary drinks, it’s everything you might be looking for to celebrate in style.

Address: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi NSW 2026


So now that you’ve got your pick of the best Sydney venues for the big day, it’s time to think about your bets!

But if last year proved anything, it’s that your bookie’s probably backed the wrong horse. So take part in our Zeetings poll to find out which horse from the top ten best odds is actually the crowd favourite, and, who knows, you might just have one more reason to celebrate on Cup day.


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