Quick Bites: Melbourne Cup 09 Special

Giddy Up Baby, Giddy Up Giddy Up

Say whaaat? Sorry, I got distracted by that line. Melbourne Cup-AKA the Race that Stops a Nation, AKA Two Hour Office Lunch-is coming soon. If you’re not lucky enough to be at the track watching the actual race, here’s a selection of the hundreds of restaurants and bars out there happy to entertain and feed you all on November 3.

Chow down in class at Libertine at Petrie Terrace. The recently opened French-Viet restaurant and bar is offering a whopping eight course banquet for the Cup. Now, I’m not saying I couldn’t do eight courses-I have been known to pack away a good meal in my time. I’m just saying you better be careful: you’ll need to make room for the glass of Mumm Champers you’ll be served on arrival, plus a button popping if you’re in Fashions on the Field could be rather embarassing. Tickets are $95.

Party with a conscience at Woolloongabba’s Chalk Hotel. The popular bar and eatery is hosting an event that includes a cocktail on arrival, a four hour beverage package, a buffet, raffles, entertainment, and more. Plus, all proceeds go to the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland. Tickets are $100, and things kick off at 11.45am.

Splash out at the Limes Hotel in the Valley. The roof-top bar and lounge is offering a gourmet luncheon catered by Philip Johnson (of a little bistro called E’cco? You may have heard of it). The $135 ticket prices may seem steep, but the eats are accompanied by entertainment, thousands of dollars worth of prizes, sweeps, a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival, and a Fashions on the Field event hosted by Mike Goldman (you know, that dude from Big Brother Uplate. I credit that show with getting me through all-nighters in high school).

Calm your race nerves at Watt at New Farm. The riverside restaurant is selling tickets to their Melbourne Cup ‘do for $95. This gets you an outdoor BBQ, canapes, champagne on arrival, a Thai mini foot spa, a cool on-site DJ, and sweeps and prizes. Bare feet, BBQ, bubbly: what horse race?

Be ab fab at Berkley’s on Ann in the CBD. City workers, there is a Melbourne Cup event for you too. Plus it involves British comedy! And a buffet! And bubbles! And, of course Berkley’s on Ann. ‘Patsy’ and ‘Eddie’ from Absolutely Fabulous will play host at the restaurant, all for the reasonable price of $42.50. Sounds fabulous, sweetie darling sweetie (etc.).

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