Where to spend Melbourne Cup Day

Well November has landed and Melbourne cup day AKA the best excuse for a day off is here again. Adelaide is offering us many places to go and celebrate all of the excitement of Australia’s favourite race day this year. 

Not sure where all the food, drinks and festivities will be this race season? Not to worry! You are in luck! Here are some of the attractive events that will be held around town this Melbourne Cup.

Archer Hotel 
60 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, SA 5006

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The Archer isn’t your usual pub. Yes, it has everything you generally expect from a pub including over 10 types of beer on tap and a large selection of wines with a comfortable chilled vibe. But the Archer Hotel has so much more to offer.  

With an upstairs cocktail bar, plus the best balcony in North Adelaide. Comfortable front bar, atrium eating area and spacious beer garden, it is a pub and so much more.  

This iconic pub’s $55pp Melbourne cup package includes a glass of Sidewood Chole Curvee on arrival and a 3 course meal all enjoyed on the balcony. 

The Rose Garden Vic Square 

Turn up your Melbourne Cup day this year and head down to The Rose Garden in Victoria Square. There are still general admission tickets available!  

This classically cool and stylish boutique event offers a festival experience to remember. This popping spring event will be complete with food and drinks, where you can bust out your fascinators and go and get pampered for the event.  

A day filled with music, dining options from Iconic Adelaide Restaurants such as Madame Hanoi, Andres Cucina and Coal Cellar and Grill to spoil your stomach.  

With general tickets at $75pp its time to dress up and gallop down to the Rose Garden for a Chic Day out. 

Morphettville Racecourse 
79 Morphett Rd, Morphettville SA 5043 

If the trackside is your scene and you want a firsthand experience of the Melbourne Cup but can’t get to Melbourne, your prayers have been answered. Morphettville will give you access to the experience and atmosphere of the race day! With live racing on track plus Melbourne cup coverage throughout the whole day you will feel like you are at Flemington racecourse without having to pack your bags and fly there.  

This is one for the socialites where there will be entertainment, music, a very handy beauty bar and fashions on the field plus a chance to win $1000!! 

Tickets starting from only $15 for concession, $25 for adults, under 17 free and parking for only $10 this is bound to be a family fun day out with entertainment, action and excitement. 

The Lane Vineyard 
5 Ravenswood Ln, Hahndorf SA 5245  

Planning to try and escape some of the Melbourne Cup hype and enjoy a tranquil day with a picturesque view? Then it’s your time to trot over to The Lane Vineyard is throwing their second Melbourne Cup Day Long Lunch.  

Start your lunch with champagne and canapés on the lawn and enjoy the clean crisp air and views. Then indulge on a 4 course menu in their new award winning dining room.  

Don’t want to miss out on ALL the race day action though? And your hubby wants to know if his pick won? No problem, there will be a big screen to watch the race on and participate in ‘fashion in the vines’ plus acoustic entertainment throughout the afternoon.  

The lunch will be held from 11.30am-4pm for $150pp with the handy option of return transport from the CBD for $20pp which after a few wines (which we actually didn’t count how many) is a safe idea.  

Soak up the sun, escape to the hills and Basque in the wine and entertainment. 

Electra House Hotel
131 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000


Be spoilt for choice at Electra House with 3 floors with 3 different options from dining and party experiences. You can’t lose with choice like this!  

Level one will have you enjoying on Omakade style menu. You will be blessed with Chef Kangs sharing menu and your choice of a glass of Pol Roger or Asahi on arrival. Setting the scene to celebrate your Melbourne Cup Day in style. Tickets $110pp. 

Enjoy the ultimate VIP Melbourne Cup Day experience for only $160 where you will be spoilt with cold bubbly flowing Pol Roger and a platinum drink package while you enjoy a 3-course menu designed by executive chef Jamie King.  

If you’re looking for a more chilled vibe and atmosphere to spend the day’s festivities. The party package for $40 includes a glass of Pol Roger and a Gourmet Beef Burger which will have you galloping with happiness and satisfaction.  

Time to get amongst the fun and festivities this race season. 

By Adriana Vanni

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