Get your fascinators and bow ties ready, because we know the best places in the city centre to watch this year’s Melbourne Cup. From long lunches to bottomless beverages and live music, there’s no shortage of events in the heart of the city to celebrate this race day. 


Saxon + Parole, from $800 for a table of 4 | Commercial Bay

Saxon + Parole are pulling out all the stops to make their first Melbourne Cup even the best. With sweeping views of the harbour and an impressive menu to offer, it’ll be a party you won’t want to miss. Enjoy an afternoon of live music & DJs, Cocktails & Laurent Perrier Champagne, Oyster & Seafood Stations, a menu inspired by our Saxon favourites, and of course large screens to broadcast the Melbourne Cup live as it happens. Wear your best Melbourne Cup look or take inspiration from Saxon + Parole's Cherry + Black colours to be in to win spot prize giveaways or take home the title as the grand prize winner. Buy a table for your group, here.

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Park Hyatt, $175pp | 99 Halsey Street

On your marks, get set, GO!! Melbourne Cup at Onemata in Park Hyatt Auckland will be a delicious day with lots of food and drinks. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous four-course set menu and a glass of Billecart-Salmon on arrival. Place a bet on your favourite horses and just sit back and enjoy the sweeping views of Waitematā Harbour and the city skyline. Prizes for best-dressed male and female. Contact Onemata on 09 366 2500 or for bookings.

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Botswana Butchery  & Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, $175pp | 99 Quay Street

The Melbourne Cup Long Lunch is returning for another year at Botswana Butchery. Start the festivities off with a flute of Mumm champagne on arrival and continue on to a spectacular four-course lunch. TAB facilities will be on site and the race will be on full display on the big screens. Be sure to wear your best race day attire as there will be a NZ Designer Fashion Show featuring Hailwood, Jetset Bohemian and Augustine and fantastic prizes to be won for best dressed man and woman. But it doesn’t stop there! The after party will kick off at Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill with live entertainment featuring the amazing DJ Dan Sing. For more information and booking details, click here.

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Ostro Bar and Brasserie, from $80pp | 52 Tyler Street, Britomart

With the most incredible views of the water and flowing champagne, Ostro will be the perfect setting and venue to watch the Melbourne Cup races. Multiple screens will be up throughout the venue so that you wont miss a minute of the action, there will also be a live DJ and 'Fashion on the Field'. Dress to impress and choose between the range of dining options Ostro has planned for the perfect Melbourne Cup race day event. Purchase your tickets here

Lula Inn - Melbourne Cup

Lula Inn, $45pp or $99pp | 149 Quay Street, The Viaduct

Another excuse for a party? Why didn’t you just say so! Join The Lula Inn's crew as they celebrate Melbourne Cup Day in true Lula’s fashion with a bottomless one hour lunch. Tickets include De Bortolli Prosecco or Export Gold ($45) or Mumm champagne or Monteith’s range ($99). Book your tickets here now.

The Brit

The Brit Pub & Eatery, Free entry| 122 Quay Street, Britomart

This is one for everyone’s calendars! Think Melbourne Cup races streamed on the big screen, live music and a DJ set - the perfect spot for your after-works drinks or to place a few bets with friends and colleagues in the city centre! There will also be drink and food specials on the day, with surprises at the door. The best news - entry is free!

Wynyard Pavilion- Melbourne Cup

Wynyard Pavilion, $69pp | 17 Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter

Get dressed in your best and enjoy the buzz and excitement of the Melbourne Cup on the big screen at Wynyard Pavilion on Auckland’s stunning waterfront. Indulge in champagne, canapés, a fresh oyster bar, and take part in giveaways and event-day competitions. Get your ticket before they're all gone!

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Harbour Eats,  from NZ$200pp | 7/21 Queen Street, Commercial Bay

Whether you’re a racing lover or just want to drink champagne, sip beersies & get amongst the festivities, Harbour Eats got you covered. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of delicious food, refreshingly crispy drinks, spot prizes, live music & sweepstakes. They have put together 3 menu options for you to choose from. Click here for details.

Last updated: 29 October 2020