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Written by Cassandra Thomson - 17 October 2023

The Best Spots for Melbourne Cup Celebrations Brisbane

If you still haven’t found the perfect spot to celebrate the Melbourne Cup, hold your horses! We’ve curated the ultimate list of function venues Brisbane wide to kick your race day celebrations into gear. A sleek and refined space? Check. A more relaxed and easy-going pub? Check. No matter what you’re after this Melbourne Cup, these venues are sure to impress.

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1. THE BACKLINE, The Sound Garden

Fortitude Valley

Located in the bustling heart of Fortitude Valley, The Sound Garden is a two-storey venue that promises an unparalleled Melbourne Cup celebration experience. With its remarkable seven-metre-tall indoor tree, elegant grand staircase, inviting skylight ceiling, multiple bars, and open-air seating options, this function venue stands out as a must-visit for Cup Day enthusiasts. Get in on the action by heading straight to The Backline, conveniently situated under the canopy of the grand tree. It's the ultimate spot for a cocktail-style celebration, accommodating up to 100 guests. With gourmet grazing stations, prizes for best dressed, and live music, The Sound Garden is the perfect spot to soak up the race day excitement.

2. Main Bar, Finn McCool's Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley

Discover an Irish pub with all the nostalgic charm at Finn McCool's Fortitude Valley. Nestled on the vibrant Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley, this function venue ensures you won’t miss a second of the Cup day action. With a pub interior that stays true to its Irish roots- stone-slab columns, wooden beams, and dark floors- Finns also boasts a variety of mounted screens to watch all the action. With a capacity of up to 200 guests, the Main Bar is perfect for a larger celebration. Enjoy a variety of canapé and beverage packages to truly sweeten the festivities.

3. Purple Palm, Purple Palm


Step into a summery oasis reminiscent of Palm Springs at Purple Palm. Perched in Woolloongabba, this open-air function venue sets a picturesque backdrop to your Melbourne Cup soireé. Think plush couches, lush greenery and bright white styling. Marvel at the 10-foot wall of gin, alongside a delicious menu of cocktails and island spirits. Accommodating up to 80 guests, celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style at Purple Palm.

4. Craft Bar, The Trans

Brisbane City

Take your celebrations to one of Brisbane’s oldest heritage-listed gems. Boasting 130 years of history, The Transcontinental Hotel is a local icon, conveniently located just a short walk from Roma Street Station. With four distinct event spaces to choose from, including The Craft Bar, this historic hotel is sure to bring your Melbourne Cup dreams to life. The Craft Bar captures the historic charm of The Trans, with exposed brick walls and a wooden bar. Accommodating up to 130 guests, kick back and enjoy the celebrations at this historic Brisbane pub.

5. Champagne Bar, Eagle Farm Racecourse


Boasting an impressive 35 distinctive event spaces, Eagle Farm Racecourse has your Melbourne Cup celebrations sorted. The Champagne Bar is the ultimate spot for race enthusiasts. Situated on the ground level of the Members Reserve, you’ll feel right in the thick of the action. Sit back under festoon ceiling lights, or enjoy prime views of the lush racing course. This function venue can accommodate up to 180 guests in style and comfort – choose from a variety of race day packages for a Melbourne Cup day that’s sure to impress.

6. Zuma Restaurant, voco Brisbane City Centre

Brisbane City

Indulge in the race day excitement at Zuma Restaurant. Perched within voco Brisbane City Centre, this function venue is just a skip and hop away from nearby Roma Street Station. Flooded with natural light and panoramic views over Brisbane River and Southbank, Zuma makes for the ultimate backdrop to your festivities. Accommodating up to 200 guests, it’s the ultimate spot for larger celebrations. Join in on their Melbourne Cup Spring Soireé to make your Melbourne Cup experience truly memorable. With a prosecco bar, makeup and photo booths, live music and a delicious beverage package, Zuma ensures you celebrate race day in style.

Check out the best best spots for Melbourne Cup celebrations in Brisbane

As the big day approaches, it is essential to find the best spot to celebrate the Melbourne Cup, with friends, family or colleagues. Luckily for you, we are here to help – from cosy pubs with enough beer to satisfy all brew lovers, to lively bars to celebrate in style, we have hand-picked the best spots for Melbourne Cup Celebrations Brisbane wide. Cheers!

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