Your Guide To Celebrating This Year's Melbourne Cup...



Looking to enjoy Melbourne Cup 2018 at one of our locals? You've come to the right place for incredible food, dynamic atmospheres and a whole lot of fun! Check out what all of our venues have got on offer this Melbourne Cup Day...



Anna Bay Tavern, Anna Bay

Who doesn’t want too be close too all the amenities needed for the biggest day in Racing. Lunch is $40.00 p/person including sparkling on arrival. TAB facilities will be available from 7am so get in early and get your bets on before the crowds. For bookings please call 49821711.


Bar Petite, Newcastle

Tickets include a 3-hour all-inclusive food & beverage package which entitles you to a huge selection of gourmet canapés AND all-you-can-drink from our Audrey Wilkinson & Cockfighter's Ghost wine collections, as well as select premium beers. Group purchasers (bookings of 5+) are also entitled to a couple of cocktails throughout the day. All of the races will be streamed live on the big screens plus live music running all day from 12pm - 7pm.


Beach Hotel, Merewether

Tickets are now on sale for the Beach Hotel's Melbourne Cup Luncheon. Enjoy the race in style in one of the magnificent function rooms. Your ticket includes a main meal, dessert, drinks and of course you will be watching the race live as it happens! Tickets cost $120 p/person and booking is essential as they do sell out. Looking for something a bit more casual? The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner (No Bookings) as usual, with a live band joining the festivities at 5:30pm.


Bellbird Hotel, Bellbird

All the days racing and the Big race live and loud from 3pm. Full TAB Facilities. Book a table of six or more and receive a complimentary bottle of Sparkling.

Kitchen will not close during the day.


Belmont Hotel, Belmont

$30 p/person three-course, free glass of bubbly, Aussie and Thai cuisine (Sticky Rice).


Blackbutt Hotel, Lambton

Three-course meal $85 p/person with beer, wine and soft drink. Sweeps, auctions and Best Dressed.


Bradford Hotel, Rutherford

Live Music from 2pm, Best Dressed and Lucky Door Prizes, Mystery Trifectas with Carlton Product Purchases (until stocks last), Sweeps and more! Kicking off from 8am.


Burwood Inn, Merewether

Three-course meal $75 p/person. Sweeps, give-aways TAB.


Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows

Last year, Caves was bursting with colour, excitement and entertainment and this year’s event will be bigger and better! Glass of Mumm champagne on arrival. three-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Will O'Brien, three-hour beverage package including beer, wine, sparkling and soft drink, Fashion on the field & best-dressed competitions, full betting facilities, sweepstakes and giveaways, after race entertainment till late and big screens showing all the action from Flemington. Tickets are $95 + bf and available online or by calling 4980 9999


Chelmsford Hotel, Kurri

Pub will be open from 8am. Pre-booked lunch starts at 11am with champagne on arrival. TAB, Keno, sweeps, lucky door prizes and early bird prizes. Call on 49371064 to book your table.

Clarendon Hotel, Newcastle

Open from 11am serving $5 sparkling & $11 cocktails until 6pm! Lunch service as usual from 12-2pm + free bar snacks from 2pm -2.30pm.


Commercial Hotel, Boolaroo

Rock out with the boys from Mule Train and join in all the fun with prize for most fascinating fascinator or hat!!Sweeps, barrel draw, $5 schooners from 4pm til 6pm. $20 buckets of Corona, Summer or Carlton dry all day and $6 champagne.


Criterion Hotel, Weston

Live entertainment before and after the big race with the awesome Alias duo Full TAB facilities, Cold beers, including Stone & Wood Brewing on tap, $5 Chicken Schnitzel night ($4 for toppers).


Crown & Anchor Hotel, Newcastle

Three-course meal plus free glass of bubbly or cocktail. $66 p/person. TAB, Best Dressed and big screen TV.


Delany Hotel, Newcastle

Big TV Screens, TAB facilities and Bar Menu available all day or contact us on 4929 1627 to book our $60 set menu option perfect for work functions. Bust out your best dress, suit, track pants or punting attire with all welcome at our amazing pub.


Dockyard, Honeysuckle

Three-hour drinks package from 12pm - 3pm including a selection wines, Best Dressed prizes and tapas-style lunch from 12pm.


Duke of Wellington, Lambton

Melbourne Cup Package - $95 per head. Includes three-course meal, five drinkstTickets (Beer, wine, champagne or soft drinks), Starts at Midday. Prizes for Best Dressed Male, Best Dressed Female, Best Hat, Sweeps, two Huge Screens & Improved Sound, Live Music After the Race, Chance to win the "Ultimate Raceday Package - Owner for a Day" thanks to Lees Racing and Broadmeadow Racecourse. Proudly supporting Variety, The Children’s Charity.


Ellalong Hotel, Ellalong

It may not be Flemington, but Ellalong will be in racing mode all day. So doll yourself up, find a hat, bring a partner and giddy up to the Ellalong Hotel. They'll have the champagne and prawns waiting for you. Prizes for Best Dressed, Best Hat and Best Couple. Pub will be open from 9.00am for all those punters looking to place some early bets.


Exchange Hotel, Hamilton

Your host Mike Vee is providing live entertainment, plus hosting sweeps, Best Dressed, and Trivia from 12-3pm. Then watch the Big Race on a massive screen, followed by everyone's favourites The Years from 3:30 to 6:30. Book your table now to get the best seats in the house from Midday!! - DavidC@theexchangehotel.com


George Tavern, Greenhills

$60 Long Lunch Package includes Glass of Tempus Two Blanc De Blanc, Mystery Trifecta Ticket, Three-Course Meal, Lucky Door prize entry, plus post race entertainment by Jake Davey from 3.30pm. Haven’t booked yet? Email michelle@georgetavern.com.au or phone 49333222 to secure you table today.

The Grand Hotel, Newcastle

All you can eat seafood buffet - $30 p/person. Trivia, sweeps, Best Dressed.


Greenroof Hotel, Hamilton

Starting from 11am and open til late. Available at outside bar: XXXX Gold, Stone and Wood, Corona, Strawberry / Passionfruit / Watermelon Caprioskas! Free entry, TAB area, live music from Jerome at 2pm, sweeps and lucky door prizes, races on all TVs including the Beer Garden and Courtyard.

Gunyah Hotel, Belmont

Two-course gourmet banquet just $59 p/person with sparkling wine on arrival. Fashions on the Field, exclusive bar, full TAB facilities, Live & loud on the big screens, sweeps and more.

Tables of 10 or more receive a complementary bottle of sparkling wine.


Harrigan's Irish Pub, Pokolbin

Melbourne Cup is back at Harrigan's and just like previous years, this is one event you don't want to miss! But with one big difference this year, they've got a brand new sports bar and TAB. So round up your friends, work colleagues and partners for this year's biggest race. The VIP package offers canapes and sparkling on arrival, a two course meal, TAB facilities and complementary bus pick up and drop off for selected areas*. Bookings are essential so book your tickets today on 4998 4300. Tickets for the VIP package are $79 p/person.


Honeysuckle Hotel, Newcastle

Honeysuckle Hotel is doing Melbourne Cup the right way, kicking off with live music from 12pm. At 3pm they will be showing the race live and loud on all of our big screens, and of course have the usual sweeps and TAB facilities. Festivities will continue with live music after the race and fashions on the field with prizes for best dressed. Free entry or book for something more. The VIP lawn party in the Rum Bar will secure you the best view of the race. The VIP ticket includes a three-hour beverage (tap beer, house wine, house spirits and soft drink) and canape package kicking off at 12pm, private TAB facilities and free sweeps. Secure a Harbourside table for your party (seats up to 6) with luscious water views on our deck. This package includes an antipasto misto platter and mimosa upon arrival. Guests must arrive before 12pm.

Hotel Denman, Denman

Melbourne Cup Best Dressed Competition at The Denman Hotel. Go frocked up and win prizes for Best Dressed Female, Best Dressed Male, Best Dressed Couple. Bar snacks available for the big race at 3PM. The Harvest Restaurant open for lunch and dinner.


Hotel Tudor, Woodberry

$35 per head all you can eat Hot & Cold buffet seafood salads, including desserts from 12.30pm. There will be sweeps, raffles, full TAB facilitates, Lucky Door Prize, Hat Parade great prizes to be won. Every Booking for four or more will receive a free bottle of wine. Bookings essential on 49 66 32 11.


Hunter River Hotel, East Maitland

Live entertainment featuring Jayde Corner, Bistro open with full lunch and dinner menu, Specials inc. Seafood tasting boards all day, $8 Melbourne Cup cocktails, Best Dressed Male, Female, Couple, Full TAB facilities, loads of prizes to be won including Melbourne Cup sweepstakes from 11am.


Junction Hotel, Junction

Fashion Parade with local Junction boutiques, Live Music: Tyrone & Amos Wellings, DJ After-Party: From 3pm. Glass of Moet or Beer on arrival, Melbourne Cup Sweeps, Best Dressed Prizes, Cocktail Martini Bar. Ticket Prices: Reserved Seating: $99 (Includes a Moet on arrival and a 3 course sit down lunch), View Bar: $79 (Includes a Moet on arrival and canapes), To reserve your tickets simply call us on 4962 8888.


Kent Hotel, Hamilton

VIP Package, $60 pp, includes cocktails on arrival, four drinks (house wine or beer), savoury canapés, grazing table, dessert canapés and doughnut sweeps wall. Free bottle of champagne for bookings of five or more. Book through the hotel now as places are filling fast.


Lakeside Village Tavern, Raymond Terrace

Food platters and bistro specials, two cocktails for $15 including the Melbourne Cup's own Flemington Fling, all the racing action, sweeps, auction hosted by Sid Barnes, Best dressed and Best Hat prizes.


Lambton Park Hotel, Lambton

Two-course Melbourne Cup special menu - $45 p/person with plenty of wide screen TVs to catch the race, full TAB facilities to place your bets plus raffles, sweeps and best dressed prizes! Post-race we’ll have live music from 3:30pm! Bookings for the lunch are essential, book now to avoid disappointment by emailing ross@lambtonparkhotel.com.au


Lochinvar Inn, Lochinvar

Two-course summer buffet - $35 p/person. Free glass of bubbly and canapes on arrival. Prized for Best Dressed, Lucky Door Prizes, live music.


Lucky Hotel, Newcastle

Enjoy Melbourne Cup in the stunning courtyard from 12pm-4pm. $129 p/person includes cocktail on arrival, substantial canapes and pails, four-hour House Beverage Package, exclusive Access to the Courtyard, photo booth, DJ, sweepstakes, prizes for Best Dressed, big screens, plus Spritz pop up bar.


Mary Ellen Hotel, Merewether

Two-course meal $55 p/person, raffles, sweeps, prizes to be won and live entertainment after the race.


Maryland Tavern, Maryland

Melbourne Cup is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some food, frothies and a flutter. Hot and cold canapes all day and beverage package from 12pm till 3pm. Best dressed competition and some racing trivia on the day. Call in to purchase your ticket now.


Mattara Hotel, Charlestown

Cocktail luncheon with a three-hour drinks package. Tickets are just $69 p/person.


Nags Head, Adamstown

The Nags Head Hotel is celebrating this year in style with a three-course luncheon and free flowing bubbly - $60 p/person. All lunch by Petersons House. Call now to make a booking: 02 9518 8761 - No online bookings - Bookings will only be taken by calling directly


Premier Hotel, Broadmeadow

Special Cup Day menu, including fresh seafood. TAB open from 9am, sweeps, hampers and more. Tables are filling fast, book now: premier@thomashotels.com.au or call 4962 3236


Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton

Three-course lunch - $45 p/ person. Free champagne on arrival. Tickets available now.


Salamander Tavern, Salamander Bay

Two-course luncheon - $40 p/person. Complimentary champagne or schooner on arrival.


Seabreeze Hotel, Nelson Bay

Book a luncheon, place your bet on the winning horse, don your best frock n hat or suit and celebrate big with a champers or two. Three-course lunch - $70 p/person. Prizes for Best Dressed. The hotel be playing all the best current and classic rock songs for you to party all afternoon long. Live music with The Way.


The Shaft Tavern, Elemore Vale

Prizes for 'Fashions on the Field" for Best Dressed male, female and couple. Calcutta starting from 1 pm, live band will play from 3pm till 6 pm. Tables can be booked from $10 per person which includes a meze platter and bottle of champagne for tables of 5 or more people. To book your table please call 4951 4666.


Shenanigans at The Imperial, Maitland

Two-course menu - $55 p/person. Call The Imperial to secure your seat 49336566


Shoal Bay Country Club, Shoal Bay

Experience the race on the big screens, enjoy the biggest TAB in the Bay, prizes for best dressed and sweepstakes on the day. Think 'Frose' Pop-Up Bars, and a reason to celebrate the Race That Stops the Nation. Live entertainment in the Courtyard post main race from 3.30p, for those making a night out of Melbourne Cup in the Bay. Lunch bookings in The Kitchen & Patio essential (02) 4981 1555 or functions@shoalbaycountryclub.com.au


Shortland Hotel, Shortland

Three-course lunch - $40 p/person. Oyster bar and Flemington Fling cocktail on arrival. Bookings essential.


Spinning Wheel Hotel, Raymond Terrace

Seafood Buffet - $30 p/person.Brand new TAB, big screen, glass of sparking on arrival, prizes sweeps.


Sydney Junction Hotel, Hamilton

After party from 4pm + live entertainment and open 'till 3am. VIP Package: $39pp + BF, Complimentary drink on arrival, Gourmet roaming canapés, Private indoor & outdoor spaces, Full TAB facilities, big screen TVs, Fashions on the field, cocktail attire Group Special: $35 p/person for group bookings of 10 adults.


Toronto Hotel, Toronto

The Mulberry presents The 2018 Melbourne Cup with champagne on arrival, canapes from 12pm to 2pm, Petite Postre (desserts) 2pm to 3pm, sweeps, raffles and lucky door prizes. All races shown on the big screens. Tickets are only $50 per person and are available by calling Toronto Hotel on 4959 1033.

Victoria Hotel, Hinton

Two-course luncheon with a three-hour drinks package for $65.00 p/person. There will be prizes, giveaways, sweeps, best dressed, best hat and live music from 3.00pm. Phone 4930 5260 to book your spot.


Warners Bay Hotel, Warners Bay

A huge day of festivities is planned including a $30 carvery and seafood buffet. Lucky draw prizes, full T.A.B facilities and much more. Bookings essential by calling 4948 9055.

Wickham Park Hotel, Wickham

Kicking off at 12pm with Greg Bryce in the Beer Garden and later, The Cassettes will be getting you up and dancing from 3:30pm! As usual there will be sweeps, prizes, giveaways and the big race on the big screen! So dress up and bring your crew for the best Melbourne Cup party in Newcastle.


Windsor Castle Hotel, Maitland

All action will be kicking off from 8am at The Windsor Castle for a day packed with goodies from Champagne on arrival, Lucky Door Prizes, Best Dressed Awards, mystery trifectas for Carlton Purchases*, live on the big screen, and plenty of sweeps to get involved in!

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