Bringing you Brisbane's Most Stylish Melbourne Cup Parties for 2014

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ALFRED & CONSTANCE

Vanguard Set Menu Package

Back by popular demand, the Vanguard Beer Garden will host a more casual take on the Melbourne Cup lunch for foodies and beer lovers alike, with a special 3-course meal and 3-hour beverage package to match. The set menu includes spiced lamb ribs, melt-in-your-mouth whole hog roast with sweet apple sauce and crackling and a must-try tangy passionfruit pavlova. You can watch the race live while kicking back on the deck. Or move to the Tiki bar if you want to continue the party.

What: Alfred & Constance's Melbourne Cup Lunch
When: Tuesday November 4, 12 – 3pm
Where: Alfred & Constance, 132 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Tickets: $130 (3-course lunch, beer, wine, basic spirits). To book, please call 3251 6500 or email party@alfredandconstance.com.au 
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Emporium Hotel Brisbane

A Spring Garden Party

It's not just the horses that prance and the jockeys who don their silks on Melbourne Cup day every year – on Tuesday November 4 Emporium Hotel's A Spring Garden Party Melbourne Cup event promises lots of high stepping, blossoming colour and saddlebags full of style.

Brisbane's multi-award winning Emporium Hotel will celebrate Melbourne Cup on November 4th with A Spring Garden Party including fashions presented by Australia's leading designer Carla Zampatti hosted by one of the most stylish women on Brisbane's media scene in Liz Cantor.

Guests in the Emporium Cocktail Bar will enjoy a custom created canapé selection and food station, while upstairs, the grand Frangipani Ballroom will be transformed into a garden party setting and includes a custom created three-course luncheon. Plus both packages include a welcome cocktail on arrival and a deluxe four hour beverage package while all the racing action is broadcast live.

What: Spring Garden Cocktail Party – Emporium Hotel presents Melbourne Cup 2014 Hosted by Liz Cantor with fashions by Carla Zampatti
When: Tuesday, November 4 2014 from 11:30am until 3:30pm
Where: Emporium Cocktail Bar
Tickets: $125 per person or $115 per person early bird
Includes: Cocktail on arrival, divine canapés and food station, 4 hour deluxe beverage package, sweeps, live racing coverage, prizes for best dressed, live jazz band and more!
Bookings: Emporium Hotel - Phone: (07) 3253 6999 or events@emporiumhotel.com.au 
Numbers are limited and bookings are essential so Book now!

What: Spring Garden Luncheon – Emporium Hotel presents Melbourne Cup 2014 Hosted by Liz Cantor with fashions by Carla Zampatti
When: Tuesday, November 4 2014 from 12 noon until 4pm
Where: Frangipani Ballroom, Emporium Hotel
Tickets: $225 per person or $215 per person early bird
Includes: Cocktail on arrival, three course luncheon, 4 hour deluxe beverage package, sweeps, live racing coverage, prizes for best dressed, live jazz band and more!
Bookings: Emporium Hotel - Phone: (07) 3253 6999 or events@emporiumhotel.com.au 
Numbers are limited and bookings are essential so Book now!

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LIMES

Limes Hotel and Rooftop Bar and Veuve Clicquot are delivering their annual exclusive Melbourne Cup Roof Top Garden Party. A sophisticated alternative to the racecourse, Limes Rooftop Bar will be transformed into a garden channelling the preppy chic of Veuve Clicquot, adorned with their sophisticated signature orange and white.

Hosted by Mike Goldman, the event offers a four hour package (11:30am-3:30pm) of canapés, premium house spirits and craft beers courtesy of Alfred & Constance, and of course, flowing Veuve Clicquot. Take a punt with in-house betting facilities on the day, as well as a fashion parade featuring Gail Sorronda, and prizes to be won. MC'd by TV and radio host Mike Goldman, the party will kick on afterwards with DJs playing until late.

What: Limes Hotel Melbourne Cup - Veuve Clicquot Garden Party
When: Tuesday November 4, 11:30am - 3:30pm (package) with DJs until late
Where: Limes Hotel's Rooftop, 142 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Tickets: $165+BF per person, or $155+BF per person for groups of 5 or more. Tickets also available at HERE
Call Limes Hotel on (07) 3852 9000 or email info@limeshotel.com.au 
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Melbourne Cup the Merlo Way

Whoa, Merlo – the thoroughbred of premium, fresh espresso coffee has declared its Torrefaziones in Bowen Hills, Southport and Paddington the punter-perfect pitstop for the 'race that stops a nation' come 2pm Tuesday 4th November! There'll be a minimum of pomp and ceremony, just the necessities – great coffee and the great race.

Merlo's three Torrefaziones will be serving up fashionable espressos as short as Jean Shrimpton's hemline, flat white front runners, middle-distance macchiatos, latte longshots, rogue ristrettos, piccolo placesetters and mocha money-riders. Perfect for caffeine chasers who want Cup-buzz without the pomp, Melbourne Cup day the Merlo way will be all form guide thrills, 'merlo blue' silks, dead-heat doubleshots and live televised coverage.

What: Melbourne Cup the Merlo Way
When: Tuesday 4th November
Where: Bowen Hills Torrefazione: 10 Thompson St, Bowen Hills, Ph: 07 36204200
Where: Southport Torrefazione: 107 Ferry Rd, Southport, Ph: 07 5561 1588
Where: Paddington Torrefazione: 78 Latrobe Tce, Paddington, Ph: 07 3368 2099

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Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Melbourne Cup Gala

This year, Brisbane's biggest and most exclusive Melbourne Cup celebration is the Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Melbourne Cup Gala.

The A-list event on Tuesday, 4 November 2014 will be hosted by Channel Nine's Melissa Downes and will raise funds for The AEIOU Foundation – for children with Autism. Guests will indulge in delicious cuisine, prestige beverages and luxurious fashion while supporting this very worthy organisation.

The inaugural gala presented by Mercedes-Benz Brisbane will be hosted in the city's most iconic building, City Hall.

A runway fashion show will be staged, with designs by leading Australian couturier Alex Perry, QueensPlaza retailers, Samantha Ogilvie and Mitchell Ogilvie as well as Paspaley pearls and Monili Jewellers showcased by a line-up of 16 top models.

No Melbourne Cup soiree would be complete without all the excitement of the race itself, and the event will be broadcast live on large screens in the venue. There will also be access to TAB services on site so you can test your luck and place a bet, sweeps and a selection of exclusive auction items up for grabs.

What: Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Melbourne Cup Gala
When: Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Where: City Hall
Tickets: $250 each or $2500 for a table of 10. Purchase tickets through AEIOU or contact (07) 3212 1112 or events@aeiou.org.au.
Includes: A mouth-watering three course luncheon by Epicure, including canapés on arrival, Moët & Chandon Champagne and Craggy Range wines.

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Stokehouse

One of Brisbane's premier Melbourne Cup celebrations this year will be at the city's premier waterfront dining destination, Stokehouse. Book your table now for Australia's biggest race day and celebrate in fitting style!

Stokehouse is pleased to partner with Veuve Clicquot, to keep the champagne flowing throughout the day. Guests will also enjoy canapés on arrival, a choice of mains with side dishes and canapé-style desserts, accompanied by a selection of premium wines and beers.

Stokehouse will also provide day-long entertainment with a live band and, of course, the all-important race screened in the restaurant.

What: Stockehouse Celebrates Melbourne Cup
When: 4th November, 2014
Where: Stockehouse, Sidon Street, South Bank
Tickets: $250 per person, Ph: 07 3020 0600
Includes: A five-hour, all-inclusive package of premium beverages, delicious cuisine and great entertainment.

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Story Bridge Hotel

Story Bridge Hotel is the place to celebrate Melbourne Cup this year, with several fantastic events to choose from and each one a guaranteed winner no matter where your horse places!

For the best 'Trackside Marquee' off the track, the Shelter Bar and the Outback Bar & Grill have the ultimate day of entertainment planned. For $110 per person, indulge in a four-hour package of premium beverages, delicious canapés and noodle boxes by Executive Chef, Jason Walker, as well as a glass of Pol Roger Champagne on arrival.

There will be a TAB on site to place your punts and sweeps on sale to increase your chances of taking out a win! Plus, dress up in your race day finest for Best Dressed, Best Hat and Best Heels competitions. Enjoy fashion parades and DJ entertainment all afternoon, then kick on with the after-races party into the evening. Festivities begin at 11.30am.

For the most indulgent Melbourne Cup celebration, book your table at Deery's Restaurant & Smokehouse and enjoy a delectable, four-course lunch, with highlights including: Smoked Pork Belly with sauté trio of mushrooms, pancetta pangritata, salsa verde; Baked Market Fresh Fish with coconut and lemongrass sauce, red papaya, toasted cashew and Viet mint salsa; and sweet treats such as Espresso Crème Caramel with white chocolate and blueberry nougat and passion fruit sorbet. Tickets are $95 per person and bookings are essential.

Or for the 'Main Event', opt for a lavish race day in Main St. Bar & Eatery. For $150 per person, this stylish soiree includes four hours of gourmet canapés and food stations, Pol Roger Champagne on arrival and an extensive premium beverage package. And get into the spirit with big screens to view the race, a TAB on site, Best Dressed competitions, sweeps, lucky door prizes and much more!

Secure your ticket to one of Brisbane's best Melbourne Cup celebrations this year and contact Story Bridge Hotel now.

Story Bridge Hotel
200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Ph. (07) 3391 2266
www.storybridgehotel.com.au

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Soleil Pool Bar

Sip, celebrate and watch your horse shine at Soleil Pool Bar this Melbourne Cup.

On the back of a star studded opening, Brisbane's most exciting new rooftop offering, Soleil Pool Bar will celebrate the 2014 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 4 November with a sophisticated and stylish soiree like no other, with the rooftop being transformed into a sleek and sexy urban Garden Party for the biggest race of the year! You'll be front and centre for all the race action at the centre of Brisbane's social solar system!

Where: Soleil Pool Bar
Tickets: $110 per person.
Includes: Three hours of premium drinks and appetising canapés from 12pm. Plus a glass of Moet on arrival as well as three delicious "pop up" cocktail bars highlighting Patron Tequila, Rekorderlig Cider, and Pimm's.

If a more subdued and refined Melbourne Cup celebration is what you're after then you needn't travel far from Soleil, with Bacchus Restaurant and Bar hosting an irresistible Melbourne Cup High Tea right next door. This luxurious afternoon tea will take place from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

Where: Bacchus Restaurant and Bar
Tickets: $70 per person, Book online HERE or phone: 07 3364 0852
Includes: The venue's famed high tea, as well as a cocktail on arrival, and a glass of Chandon Brut during the race.
After: Join the festivities at the Soleil Cocktail Garden Party from 3pm onwards!

Soleil Pool Bar, and Bacchus Restaurant and Bar are proud to be raising funds for Starlight Children's Foundation through their respective Melbourne Cup events.

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