Fancy frock (or suit): check. Fancy fascinator (or hat): check. Fancy lunch ticket: Oh crap, I knew I forgot something! Never fear Scoopsters, we've scoured venues across Sydney to find some last minute Melbourne Cup lunch options for you. Get in quick though, their tickets won't last forever!
MOJO by Luke Mangan | 8 Danks St, Waterloo | $90pp | 11am - 3.30pm
How about a garden party at MOJO by Luke Mangan. With bottomless booze, a range of delicious roaming canapes, the race will be playing live on the big screen, lawn games for guests to play and prizes to be won for best dressed. Sip on a Flemington Fling cocktail on arrival paired with freshly shucked oysters and antipasto. From 12pm until after the race enjoy bottomless sparkling, red and white wine and Asahi beers for all while indulging in gourmet canapes. What's not to like?
Coogee Rooftop | 169 Dolphin St, Coogee | $75pp | from midday
If you'd prefer to head out of the city but still want something a little more upmarket, get yourself some tickets to the Rooftop at Coogee Pavilion. Roaming canapes seem to be a theme this year, and you'll find a selection doing the rounds here too. With views across the beach, it'll be fun, fillies and fresh air all afternoon.
www.merivale.com/melbournecup or call 02 9240 3000.
The Deck @ Luna Park | Milsons Point | $110pp | 11am to 4pm
Frock up for this one, there's lucky door prizes, sweeps and prizes for best dressed. The bar opens at 11:00am so you can enjoy a waterfront pre-lunch tipple overlooking the harbour - fingers crossed the Spring weather returns! Then take your seat for a 3-course menu while you wait for the main event on the big screen. This lunch also comes with a free carousel ride in the park!
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Cup Day Festival @ Barangaroo | Free entry | 12.30pm to 9pm
This is a great excuse to get out of the office and head down to the waterfront for this free event in the public areas of Barangaroo. No need to book tickets just turn up when you're ready. There'll be a big screen broadcasting the action live from Flemington all day long, and on-site betting facilities so you can (hopefully) wave your winning tickets around! There'll also be food trucks, pop-up bars and live entertainment to keep the festival vibe going all afternoon and into the night.
Manly Wine | 13 South Steyne, Manly | from $65pp | midday to 3pm
If you want to head over the bridge, point the Uber towards South Steyne in Manly. The beach suites (upstairs at Manly Wine) are hosting a Cup function where you can spend the afternoon grazing on canapes, sipping on drinks and enjoying glorious ocean views - oh, and the race of course! They'll have the usual sweeps and lucky door prizes for all to enjoy. The canape package is $65pp, and if you'd like to add a 4-hour drink package the price is $120pp. After the race action is finished, head back downstairs for the live entertainment.