CLIQUE Picks: Where to watch the Melbourne Cup

As the Spring Racing Season descends on Adelaide, the count down begins to Australia’s unique blend of elegance, excitement, fashion and racing, The Melbourne Cup. Despite missing out on the Victorian public holiday, venues across Adelaide are gearing up to host an array of glamourous Cup Day celebrations. From a leisurely high tea to all of the trackside action, there’s no shortage of primo Adelaide spots to watch the Melbourne Cup this November.

Giddy up Adelaide, we have the inside scoop on where to catch all the action this Melbourne Cup Day and without further ado, we present our Where to Watch guide to the race that stops the nation.

Morphettville Racecourse

The beating heart of South Australian racing, Morphettville Racecourse, will have all eyes on the action direct from Flemington this Melbourne Cup Day. The place to be for racing fanatics and social butterflies alike, there’s something for everyone at Morphettville this November. As the nation presses pause for the race that stops the nation, Morphettville will see entertainment, live racing and full coverage of the Melbourne Cup all day long. Proving a popular choice for racegoers, most of the hospitality packages have sold out but you can still take your pick from The Final Furlong, The Home Straight and the AUDI Solitaire VIP Marquee for the ultimate race day experience. Don your best trackside attire and join Adelaide’s most style savvy for Fashions on the Field. It’s lining up to be a thrilling day of music, beauty bars, eats, bubbles, fashion and Cup Day excitement at the city’s most glamourous race day location.

WHEN? 07 NOV 2017, 10.00 – 18.00
WHERE? Morphettville Racecourse, 79 Morphett Road, Morphettville
TICKETS: from $25


Embracing the glitz and glamour of Cup Day, Republic will host an indulgent celebration of the race that stops the nation this November. Channelling all of the best bit of Australia’s biggest racing event, the Norwood locale will offer a three-course luncheon, exclusive drinks package, live fashion parade, sweeps and coverage of all the Melbourne Cup happenings on the big screen. Dress to the nines and tuck into delectable menu offerings from an antipasto entrée to your choice of four mains and a selection of decadent shared desserts without missing a second of the Cup Day excitement. With a DJ hitting the decks to kick off the after party from 5pm, celebrations will continue well into the evening.  A luxe luncheon, a glamorous fashion parade, live coverage of the big race and a party to boot, it’s gearing up to be a massive day of excitement at Republic this Melbourne Cup Day.

WHEN? 07 NOV 2017, 12.00 onwards
WHERE? Republic, 120 Magill Road, Norwood
TICKETS: from $59. To book, call (08) 8362 4657

Electra House Hotel

Adelaide CBD’s favourite tri-level establishment, Electra House Hotel, play host to a massive day of dining, parties and entertainment experiences this November. Hosting three Cup Day options over the venue’s three floors, Adelaide is spoiled for Cup Day choice as Electra House teams up with Pol Roger for the ultimate in race day luxe. Choose from the party package or one of the venue’s two dining experiences and enjoy the Melbourne Cup to your choosing. The Chamber & Garden Bar sees bubbles and burgers hit the menu with a gourmet wagyu beef burger and glass of Pol Roger or Mismatch Beer on arrival, while Level One hosts an Omakase style dining experience in the award winning Modern Asian restaurant. For the premium race day experience, enjoy the Westside VIP private dining package, complete with three-course menu, platinum beverage package and a continuous flow of Pol Roger. With the after party kicking off from 3.30pm onwards, Electra House Hotel has something for everyone this Melbourne Cup Day.

WHEN? 07 NOV 2017, 11.30 onwards
WHERE? Electra House Hotel, 131-139 King William Street, Adelaide
TICKETS: from $40 + bf

Mayfair Hotel

Perfect for those of us who love all of the Cup Day glamour without the trackside thrill, the Mayfair Hotel host a grand high tea this November. In a leisurely approach to the Melbourne Cup, the afternoon will see Moet, a three-hour drink package, decadent eats and treats and live entertainment courtesy of a local pianist. An afternoon affair wouldn’t be complete without an iced seafood buffet and sumptuous sweet selection including the Mayfair’s signature French pastries and gateaux buffet and indulgent chocolate fountain. Of course, it wouldn’t be Cup Day without live coverage of all the Flemington action and prizes for the most stylish in attendance. The Mayfair Hotel’s high tea event runs from 12pm til 3pm, with the celebrations continuing at the HENNESSY after party from 3pm onwards.

WHEN? 07 NOV 2017, 12.00 -15.00
WHERE? Mayfair Hotel, 45 King William Street, Adelaide
TICKETS: from $109. To book, call (08) 8210 8899 or email

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Vardon Avenue

The Melbourne Cup finds a home on the East End once more as East End Cellars host a luxe race day celebration. Boasting the finer things in life, the laneway event will see Pol Roger, Deviation Road champagne and Wirra Wirra wines flowing as well as decadent bites by Mothervine and The Tasting Room. It wouldn’t be race day without the fashion. Pulling out all the stops, One Rundle will take to the runway for a fabulous parade. A Melbourne Cup event with all the trimmings, enjoy DJ and live percussion performances as well as a resident bookie to take all of your (hopefully winning) bets. For just $155 all inclusive, get your gal pals and suave gents together for the race that stops the nation at Vardon Avenue this November.

WHEN? 07 NOV 2017, 12.00 – 16.00
WHERE? Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

Sean’s Kitchen

A luxe race day experience for foodies, celebrate the race that stops the nation with Sean’s Kitchen this November and enjoy a indulgent three course lunch. Famed for their dedication to high quality eats, treats and service, what better place to spend Melbourne Cup day than at the renowned North Terrace locale. For just $120 tuck into three delicious menu offerings and sip on a glass of bubbly on arrival. Kick things up a notch with a seafood platter or treat yourself to a 2.5-hour beverage package for an additional $45. Tickets are sure to sell out fast and bookings are essential, so giddy up and get in quick to avoid missing out.

WHEN? 07 NOV 2017, 12.00 – 15.30
WHERE? Sean’s Kitchen, Station Road, Adelaide
TICKETS: from $120 pp. To book, call (08) 8218 4244 or email

The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden finds a new home in Victoria Square this Melbourne Cup Day. Catch all of the trackside action direct from Flemington as fashion, culinary, entertainment and festival moments descend on the central CBD location. As lush florals and decadence hit the agenda, The Rose Garden sees a fusion of the Birdcage’s prestige and the Melbourne Cup’s signature elegance. Enjoy a blend of corporate, classy and casual race day experiences, backgrounded by Victoria Square’s stunning city surrounds and don’t miss a second of the action with a super screen to stream all of Flemington happenings. Kicking of in the AM, The Rose Garden will kick on into the evening with exclusive festivities all day long. Select from a range of dining, music and entertainment while local vendors including Blow, It’s A Hair Thing, Media Makeup and The Fellow Barber keeping you and your crew looking race day ready all day long.

WHEN? 07 NOV 2017, 11.30 – 21.30
WHERE? Victoria Square, Adelaide
TICKETS: from $65




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