Walsh Bay has many fine establishments with special harbourside (forget the track!) deals on offer this Melbourne Cup. We’ve rounded up five of the best deals to help you make your mind up where you might be celebrating on 3 November…

Pier One’s Gantry Restaurant & Bar Melbourne Cup packages will impress with a welcome champagne, selection of chef canapés, ‘live stations’ of oysters and prawns followed by a two course meal designed by head chef, Joel Bickford as well as a three-hour drinks package for $220 per head. www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au

This year The Langham Sydney teams up with Laurent-Perrier for a glamourous magnum only afternoon tea service between 12pm and 4pm across Palm Court and Kent Street Kitchen. Along with an exclusive afternoon tea menu expect a pop-up champagne bar in Kent Street Kitchen, a Chefs’ dessert table - with macarons and hand-made delicacies, ambient jazz as well as beautiful floral arrangements.

A glass of Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne is included in the ticket plus there are prizes for best dressed as well as a take home posey (for the fillies!) from Pearson’s florists. Tickets are $150 per head. For more information tel 8248 5222

The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf is another prime spot for a Melbourne Cup luncheon with its $95 per head three course meal - including a complimentary glass of sparkling, wine or beer and prizes for best dressed, lucky door and sweepstakes along with one of the best views in the city. Bookings and more information tel 8399 3055.

Not to be outdone, View by Sydney are including a complimentary trifecta ticket in the cost of their $85 per head sumptuous buffet-style Melbourne Cup menu as well as getting into the swing of things by handing out prizes for best dressed on the day. www.viewbysydney.com.au


Finally if looking for a banquet with a difference El-Phoenician’s $99 menu includes traditional Middle Eastern delights such as skewered chicken and lamb, premium falafels, homous, baba ganoush, labne and baklava. Two or three-hour drink packages are also available for a little extra. www.el-phoenician.com.au