Merivale is set for a sensational Melbourne Cup with nearly thirty fever-pitched events across its unrivalled range of restaurants, bars and pubs. From the city to the surf, Merivale really does have something for everyone, with each venue screening the afternoon of racing live and a host of post-Cup party destinations to continue the festivities into the night.
Sydney’s leading lifestyle and entertainment destination, ivy, has a variety of events bursting with race day revelry. Fresh with a brand new look inspired by the dreamy Italian Riviera, Pool Club offers a decidedly glamorous Cup Day experience like no other, with DJs spinning tunes all afternoon, cocktail on arrival and Chandon NV throughout ($130).
Overlooking the poolside festivities, Uccello serves an amazing four course Italian feast and a flute of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Vintage ($250), while French bistro Felix and European wine bar Ash St. Cellar provide beautiful dining packages to while away the afternoon. At Palings, guests can settle into ivy’s sunny courtyard to watch the racing action on the CBD’s biggest screen while enjoying a delicious three course menu from Head Chef Christopher Whitehead ($100). Upstairs at Level 2, The Den offers an elegant, fun-filled affair with Chandon NV, Heineken and mouth-watering canapés ($100) and ivy’s VIP booth packages provide corporate hospitality at its best with personal waiter service and large screens ($150). For a more relaxed affair, punters can enjoy the easy warmth and charm of The Royal George ($50).
The grand dame of Sydney’s entertainment scene, Establishment, will be abuzz with guests enjoying the exciting events across its award-winning portfolio. Mr. Wong will serve an enviable ten-dish shared banquet by Executive Chef Dan Hong ($150) as Sushi e and hemmesphere come together for a delectable six-course lunch ($150). A sumptuous celebration is to be enjoyed at est. with a three course menu designed by the legendary Peter Doyle ($250) while Establishment’s leafy atrium, The Garden, provides a beautiful city hideaway to enjoy the racing spirit ($100). Establishment Main Bar is open to the public all day from 11am for guests who want to enjoy the joie de vivre without committing to a booking.
Elsewhere in the CBD, Bistrode CBD will be the perfect setting for a stylish Melbourne Cup lunch ($130) with Executive Chef Jeremy Strode preparing a delicious three-course menu ($130). Hotel CBD Main Bar, The Grand, The Angel Hotel, Wynyard and Surry Hill’s El Loco Excelsior offer an electric experience with no tickets or planning required.
In the tree-lined streets of the East, Pop-Asian hangout, Ms.G’s whips up an eight-course banquet of mind-blowing dishes ($80) and The Fish Shop offers a slice of the seaside with their fresh a la carte menu. Surry Hills’ local, The Beresford Hotel, will come alive with guests enjoying an amazing sit-down lunch in the revamped dining area ($110) or canapés in the much-loved courtyard ($80).
For race day revelers wanting to swap the city for the sand, Merivale’s stunning beachside venue, Coogee Pavilion, offers a delicious four-course shared feast and a glass of Chandon NV on the ground floor ($115). Northside, Manly Wharf’s smokehouse and grill, Papi Chulo, will provide a fun and fresh Melbourne Cup with succulent meats and a glass of Möet & Chandon NV on arrival ($80).
The Cup Day festivities certainly don’t need to end after the race with a host of after-party destinations across the group featuring DJS and live music – Coogee Pavilion, Coogee Rooftop, Establishment, Palmer & Co., Hemmesphere, ivy Pool Club, Palings, The Beresford, Hotel CBD and Work in Progress.
Merivale’s Melbourne Cup venues all feature multiple screens and LIVE coverage of the big race. Many venues will also offer on-site TAB facilities for convenience. For the full list of what’s on at Merivale this Melbourne Cup and booking details, visit www.merivale.com.au or call 02 9240 3000.