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Top Race Day Picks

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Top Race Day Picks

It's the race that stops the nation, and it's time to celebrate! 2018 Melbourne Cup is right around the corner and restaurants, bars and hotels all around the Coast are throwing open their doors and preparing their kitchen's to host the biggest parties of the year. Kicking off in just a month, it's time to pull out your fanciest frock and book your tickets to some of the biggest parties in town - And we know exactly where you should go.

Melbourne Cup at SkyPoint | Surfers Paradise

Is there any better way to spend Race Day than in the highest restaurant on the Gold Coast? Hosting their famous Melbourne Cup Lunch for yet another year, SkyPoint is bringing all the goods this race day, with live music, sweepstakes, a three-course lunch and plenty of bubbles to help you celebrate the races in style! Selling out early last year, tickets to this year's Melbourne Cup Lunch won't last long - So make sure you secure your spot to sip in style!

Melbourne Cup at The Star | Broadbeach

The Star isn't just throwing one party this year - It's throwing four! Indulge in food, fashion and fine champagne in some of The Star's most iconic restaurants and bars, with Cucina Vivo, Nineteen, Garden Kitchen & Bar and the Sports Bar each hosting separate parties to celebrate a day at the races. Grab your mates and indulge in a day of drinks and canapes as you watch every second of the action live in the Sports Bar, or grab your gal pals and head on up to one of The Star's iconic restaurants for a day of indulgence, with 4-course meals, fashion shows and flowing champagne planned to make sure everyone is a winner! Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you grab your gal pals and book before it's too late!

Melbourne Cup at Koi | Broadbeach

Want to stuff yourself with Sashimi, Salmon and Sticky Pork Belly? Koi Dining & Lounge Bar has you covered! Hosting their very own Race Day party, Koi is kicking it off at midday with all of our favourite food and drinks, treating us to a totally mouth-watering four-course lunch with plenty of bubbles, live music and prizes to keep the festivities alive all afternoon long! Enjoy a drink on arrival and then kick back and relax as you're served Sticky Pork Belly, Teriyaki Chicken and house made Chocolate Truffles, then finish the day off sweeps and plenty of prizes. And it's only $99 - So why not?

Gemelli Italian | Broadbeach

When the business is run by an Italian family that makes their own pasta fresh daily, you know the food is going to be amazing - So what better time to try an Italian feast than Melbourne Cup? Kicking off the party at midday, for just $140 you can treat yourself to a 3-course gourmet Italian feast and endless bubbles from 12-3pm, as well as plenty of prizes (including best dressed!) and races streamed live on the TV so that you can make sure to keep up with all of the action! Grab your gal pals and your fanciest frock, then make your way down to Gemelli for the race that stops the nation - We promise it won't disappoint!

Melbourne Cup at The Island | Surfers Paradise

Is there anywhere better to spend Melbourne Cup than on one of the Coast's most famous rooftops? The Island Hotel is known for throwing pretty epic parties (and an event just about every night of the week!), so there was no surprise when they announced not one, but two epic Melbourne Cup parties! If you're willing to splurge a little more ($195 exactly), retreat up to The Penthouse on level 12 for canapes and a 3-course gourmet lunch including Mumm Grand Cordon, or if you're just after a casual day of celebrations book your spot for their Cocktail Party, spread across Goldie's and The Rooftop and featuring cocktails and canapes for just $99!

Melbourne Cup Spring Fling | The Collective Palm Beach

Melbourne Cup is back at The Collective for another year! Our favourite collective space is hosting their epic Race Day Party yet again this year, inviting us all in for a delicious 4-course lunch and drinks for just $85! Kicking off at midday and running all the way up until 5pm, you'll have plenty of time to sip and stay, with running entertainment while you watch the races on the big screens, as well as plenty of champagne and cocktails to keep the working week away! #YesPlease!

Melbourne Cup Luncheon | Marriott Resort Surfers Paradise

Is there anywhere swankier to spend Melbourne Cup than in the Marriott Resort? I didn't think so. The Marriott is pulling out all the stops for everyone's favourite racing and fashion event of the year, hosting an extended luncheon from noon complete with a gourmet 3-course lunch, 3 hours of bubbles and access to the exclusive after party at Chapter & Verse Bar. Of course, no event would be complete with sweepstakes, raffles and giveaways (which there will be many), and you'll even be treated to a fashion show presented by Harbourtown Shopping Centre! There will also be a prize for best dressed on the day, so make sure you hit up the shops soon to get in on that Melbourne Cup fashion! Tickets available here.

Melbourne Cup 2018 | Gold Coast Turf Club

We all know the Gold Coast Turf Club throws amazing Melbourne Cup parties, and they're not disappointing this year, with a range of race day packages so that just about everyone can enjoy the event. If you're just wanting to attend you can beat the queue with their $20 General Admission Tickets, but if you really want to enjoy the day you'll want to grab yourself one of their Members Passes or an Events Day Package - Giving you access to the racecourse as well as a grazing menu and plenty of drinks to go around, it's well worth the price! Also, if you're spending Race Day at the Turf Club, you might as well go all out, right?

Melbourne Cup 2018 | Hideaway Kitchen & Bar Broadbeach

If you haven't been to Hideaway Kitchen & Bar yet, you're seriously missing out. Hidden along the Gold Coast Highway in Broadbeach, this place is guaranteed to surprise, boasting a mouthwatering Asian fusion menu and complete with a ceiling of hanging umbrellas to give it a seriously cool vibe. Bringing back their Race Day celebrations again due to popular demand, Hideaway is throwing a seriously cool Race Day party for just $125 prepaid. Kicking off at 11am, you'll be able to enjoy 4 hours of drinks and canape-style drink food, as well as fashion on the field and plenty of sweepstakes to keep the afternoon exciting! If you haven't made it down to Hideaway yet, Melbourne Cup is the perfect day to do it.

Rosé at the Races | Stingray Lounge Surfers Paradise

Stingray Lounge is throwing a party you're not likely to forget - And if you know what's good for you, you wont' want to miss out! Kicking off at midday, you'll be greeted with Mumm Champagne on arrival as well as a refreshing Aperol Spritz before you indulge in three glorious hours of feasting and sipping! With a huge range of prizes including best dressed as well as a totally Insta-worthy floral backdrop, you'll want to hit the shops before booking yourself into Stingray Lounge! We'll also be continuing the party after the races finish... So why not stay a while and party on!