Melbourne Cup and a great night out

On October 28, 2013, in CBD, by Jonno

Horses at the Melbourne CupIt’s that time of year again, the race that stops a nation is on. Melbourne Cup is Australia’s premier horse racing carnival and attracts a high gathering both on and off track. Unlike many horse racing tracks around the world, Flemington is very easy to reach from the CBD of Melbourne and so makes a fabulous day out for any visitor. If you are in Melbourne during the cup, then you will experience an erie calm over the CBD whilst that race is being run. Indeed you might find the same in every Australia capital city (except Canberra, which has that erie silence at most times).

Melbourne cup mayhem

Everything you want to know about Melbourne Cup

Once all the racing is over, then you’ll probably fancy having a few nice drinks and Melbourne CBD has some great options. Here is our pick for post Melbourne Cup drinks.

Siglo.

Located a short stroll from Parliament is the lovely rooftop bar of Siglo. This can be a little hard to find as its entry is a doorway and often you can walk straight past! (Our app will show you exactly where it is). Siglo has an airs of exclusivity about it and with table service it is not for those on a budget. This is an excellent location to grab a nice bottle of wine (their list is very good) sit back and enjoy the ambience.

79 Madame Brussels  (3)Madame Brussels

also a short stroll from Parliamemt is another rather hard rooftop bar to find. Madame Brussellscould be considered as a Melbourne institution as whilst it may be hard to find! it is rarely empty! There is an eclectic mix of style here which we can only describe as French provincial meets Wimbledon. They provide a nice range of drinks, including some nice boutique bottled beers. This is. To the sort of place you’ll want to rock in scruffy jeans to!

Carlton Hotel.

One of the more popular pubs in Melbourne located to the east of the CBD. the Carlton extends over a few floors and has a plush bar with smoking terrace over the street. Up a few flights and you will reach the rooftop bar, great on a warm balmy evening. This is a great all-round pub with a casual vibe.

Gorgeous rooftop bat in the heart of Melbourne's CBD

Campari.

Located in hardware lane,Campari is three floors of dining and imbibing. Head straight to the rooftop bar for a great vibe and a few rooftop views. with a nice choice of beer on tap this is a more casual bar and is a great all-rounder.

You can all of these bars, plus a few hundred more in our Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app on the iPhone.

 

 

 

Your personal bar guide, essential for any stay in Melbourne’s CBD.

 

 

 

It’s spring carnival time in Melbourne…

Horses at the Melbourne Cup

 

and that means horses, horses and yes, more horses. A day at the races is a great day out in Melbourne and what better race than heading to Flemington to watch the Melbourne Cup.

 

 

 The race that stops the nation!

Ladies dressed fro the Melbourne Cup

Ready to watch those fillies

The Melbourne Cup was started in 1861 and has now been running for 151 years.  The race covers a staggering 3.2km (3,200 metres) and starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday of November. It has been labelled as the race that stops a nation, but in reality it just stops Victoria as with the different time zones across Australia many people are at work! It is however, the richest two-mile handicap horse race in the world and is said to be one of the richest turf events.

One of the lovely things about race day is how wonderful many of the ladies look. The Sydney Morning Herald has a review on this years fashions.

 

The greatest winners

Phar Lap

The horse with a big heart

Perhaps the most famous horse to win the Melbourne Cup was Phar Lap in 1930 as the odds were 8-11 making it the shortest-priced favourite in Cup history. Racing Victoria website has some more facts on this horse. However Phar Lap is not the fastest horse to complete the Cup, winning in 3:27:75.

The fastest horse to win the Melbourne Cup was Kingston Rule winning in 3:16:30 in 1990.

 

winner of the Melbourne Cup 2003, 2004 and 2005The best performing horse was Makybe Diva winning the Cup in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Surprisingly the first and last wins were in a similar time at 3:19, but her second win was a time of 3:28, showing what a significant difference the weather and track conditions can make.

 

Where to celebrate that win!

If you are one of the lucky one’s and get all dressed up for a fabulous day of racing, you will be thinking to yourself, where shall we go after the races?

Our friends at the Martini bar let us know that they are open from 5pm (in the Westin Hotel) and we thought that would be a great place to head after the races. Another great bar is the Gin Palace -  currently the number one “liked” bar in Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars.  Scrolling through all the most “liked” bars is a great way to find an excellent venue after the Melbourne Cup. If you cannot decide where to go, then why not try our lucky dip? This great feature in our Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app will select a local venue for you.  Don’t fancy that venue – well, pick again and again and again – until you find a bar that tempts you! The app will guide you there effortlessly.

 

Can’t make it to Flemmington?

If you are stuck in the city and cannot get to the race track, then our friends at the Westin Hotel have a great alternative:

Westin Hotel Collins StreetWatch the race that stops the nation at The Westin Melbourne’s Lobby Lounge. Treat yourself with our Contemporary High Tea. A modern twist on the traditional and includes an aromatic coffee or Jing tea herbal infusion, savoury delights, sweet temptations and of course, the classic scone. A wholesome experience on Melbourne Cup Day…nothing can beat it.  From $49 per person or $59 per person including a glass of Chandon NV Brut.

Booking is essential, please call 03 9635 2222 or email hightea@westin.com