Melbourne Cup 2021: the best places to watch the races live
Only the lucky ones got a ticket to this year’s Melbourne Cup. But with the lockdown lifted, we’ve compiled 15 spots to watch the big race, along with an iconic outdoor spot with a giant screen.
With the race preventing the nation from returning with a small crowd and the Melburnians coming out of lockdown, now is the best time to dress up, go down to the pub and watch the Melbourne Cup live with your friends and family.
Quick facts about the Melbourne Cup:
When is the Melbourne Cup: Tuesday, November 2
When does the barrier cup draw take place? October 30, 6 p.m.
What time is the Melbourne Cup? Tuesday November 2, 3 p.m.
How long does the race last? 3200m
What’s the weather like? 30C for Melbourne
This year Melbourne pubs and hotels are offering some amazing deals to get you out of the house.
If advertising isn’t your thing but you still want to watch the race, Federation Square will broadcast the Melbourne Cup on its giant screen.
The venues around the square also have food and drink giveaways for the big four days of racing – Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks and Stakes Day.
Deckchairs and parasols will be made available to visitors.
While you can watch the Melbourne Cup from the comfort of your own home, after being confined to our home for months, most Melburnians will be looking for a taste of freedom.
If you didn’t get one of the few Flemington tickets but are still looking to dress up, have a drink, and watch the race, here are 15 Melbourne pubs, hotels and bars that have Cup Day promotions this past. year.
For more events, check out your local pub.
Auburn Hotel, Aubépine
The Auburn Hotel is in the heart of Hawthorn. They broadcast the races live and organize their event outdoors.
Deluxe Beer – Federation Square
The Beer Deluxe is located in the heart of Fed Square in Melbourne. This is the perfect place for beer lovers. You can watch all the racing action live on their screens. Reservations are made in two-hour sessions. Book for 2 p.m. if you want to attend the big race.
Fargo et Cie, Richmond
Fargo and Co, best known for their killer cocktails, have a pre-race party. They will serve cocktails, pasture plates and flowing bubbles from noon to 3 p.m. for $ 120 per person. Put on your best outfit for this racing season as they will also be giving out prizes for the best dressed.
Bar Harlow, Richmond
The Harlow Bar is back with its Boozy Brunch special. Starting at noon, get three hours of unlimited drinks and your choice of lunch for $ 120 per person on their rooftop.
Hopscotch, south shore
Want to watch the race from the riverside? Hopscotch shows all the racing action live on its big screen. Reservations are available in two-hour sessions and if you want to catch the big race from there, be sure to book at 2 or 2:30 p.m.
College Lawn Hotel, Prague
The College Lawn Hotel is one of Melbourne’s most renowned beer gardens. Catch each
moment of Cup Day, live and loud on their 18 screens. They are ready to welcome the Melburnians with open arms and full drums.
Imperial Bourke St Hotel
Imperial Hotel Bourke St is known for its sporty atmosphere and rooftop views. That’s why you shouldn’t miss their Melbourne Cup rooftop party. You can watch the race live on their large screens if you book by 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Imperial South Yarra
The Imperial South Yarra will be hosting a Cup Day Bottomless Brunch. They’ll serve a joint appetizer, your choice of brunch, and endless sips including wines, martinis, beer and more for $ 75 per person. Brunch will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Newmarket St Kilda
Newmarket St Kilda offers a three-hour bottomless drink package and a main meal of your choice for $ 110 per person between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Prince Alfred Hotel, St Kilda
Cheer on your favorite horses from the beer garden at the Prince Alfred Hotel. You can enjoy a three-course pasture-style lunch and unlimited drinks with a three-hour beverage package for $ 125 per person from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State of Grace, King Street, Melbourne
State of Grace will serve canapes with a three-hour beverage package of free-flowing bubbles and beer for $ 120 per person between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Crafty Squire, Russell St, Melbourne
The pub will live stream the races on all major racing days, including the Melbourne Cup.
Provincial Hotel, Fitzroy
The Provincial Hotel offers two hours of unlimited drinks alongside brunch for just $ 60 per person. You can make a reservation for 11:00 am or a reservation for 2:00 pm if you wish to attend the Melbourne Cup live at the hotel.
The station hotel, Footscray
The Station Hotel is known for its upscale dining experience and steaks. Experience two hours of live viewing of the race while enjoying food and drink.
The Wharf Hotel, Melbourne
Celebrate Melbourne Cup Day with your friends and family on the banks of the Yarra. The Wharf Hotel will serve a two-course sit-down lunch with unlimited drinks as part of a two-hour beverage package for $ 99 per person from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.