Punters are racing to get tickets to some of the hottest events in town as restaurants at Portside Wharf pull out all the stops for this year’s Melbourne Cup.

The winning trifecta of fashion, food and fun always draws a crowd to the riverside precinct where there will be live music, shuttle buses and a myriad of stylish events on November 3.

Byblos is holding its eighth annual Mad Hatter’s Melbourne Cup Tea Party featuring a three course banquet, cocktails, loads of entertainment and of course, full coverage of the race that stops the nation. The girls from Ella Bache Hamilton will be on hand at the beauty bar to ensure guests are looking their best all day long.

Two cultures combine at Sono’s Melbourne Cup luncheon which Includes canapés, a three course Japanese banquet and an exclusive viewing of the Melbourne Cup race on the big screen at Dendy Cinema.

Belvedere Bar and Grill will have live music during lunch on the huge deck while Gusto da Gianni dishes up exquisite Italian dishes for its fashionable guests.

Cruisers and NOLA Portside have put together some great value Melbourne Cup packages and Moda Events is hosting the annual Endeavour Foundation Melbourne Cup Luncheon.

While the Cup Day events are a must, the fashion is just as important and Portside Wharf’s boutique retailers have everything you need to win in the ‘best dressed’ stakes.

Fashionable fillies should try their luck at Hunt & Gather for the perfect race day outfit with everything from fabulous frocks, stunning shoes and fantastic fascinators to complete the look.

Next stop should be Ella Bache Hamilton for a sun-kissed spray tan and the perfect make-up followed by Tigerlamb to get those locks looking luscious.

Urbbana has the goods for those stylish stallions looking to impress with a suave suit and accessories, while Bou’s for Mens barber will finish the look with a trendy cut and cut-throat shave.

There is something to suit every taste and budget at Portside Wharf for Melbourne Cup so be sure to nab a seat at one of the events and prepare for a day of fun and frivolity with live music by Soho from 3.30pm – 7.30pm and shuttles into Fortitude Valley from 7pm.

Belvedere Bar & Grill

Three course lunch including beverages: $139pp.


Three course banquet, premium beverages including cocktails and spirits: $165pp or $1550 for groups of 10.

Cruisers Cafe Bar & Grill

Three course lunch with bubbles on arrival: $65 pp.

Gusto da Gianni

Three course lunch including beverages: $139pp or $1250 per table of 10.

Moda Events

Two course lunch including beverages: $110pp or $1000 for a table of 10.

NOLA Portside

Appetizers, sharing platters and dessert including drink on arrival: $85pp.

Sono Japanese Restaurant

Three course lunch, canapés on arrival, beverages including sake: $125pp.


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