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Written by Cassandra Thomson - 17 October 2023

The Best Spots for Melbourne Cup Celebrations Canberra

As the capital city of Australia, Canberra holds a special place in the hearts of its people. With its picturesque venues, it provides the perfect backdrop for your celebratory occasions. The Melbourne Cup Celebrations Canberra is an opportunity of a lifetime to witness the excitement of this iconic horse racing event while soaking up the essence of our great nation. Join us in this prestigious city where festivity meets elegance, and make memories that will last a lifetime in a place that truly embodies the spirit of the Melbourne Cup.

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1. Winning Post Bar, Thoroughbred Park


The Winning Post Bar, located on the ground floor of the Queen Elizabeth II Building, offers a unique setting for intimate events and parties. The venue offers a unique blend of a park setting with stunning views of the Brindabella and Majura mountain ranges. The bar has an extensive variety of menus and their in-house chef is flexible and happy to tailor you a menu. This function venue can host up to 200 guests for a cocktail-style function, making sure no one is left out!

2. Mosaic Room, Ovolo Nishi


Situated in the heart of Canberra’s CBD, Ovolo Nishi is just a quick 5-minute drive from Parliament House. The Mosaic Room features soaring ceilings, abundant natural light and a captivating mosaic installation spanning the entire wall. With its cosy and contemporary spaces boasting a city view, this function venue offers an ideal backdrop for your Melbourne Cup celebration. Ovolo Nishi is known for its culinary excellence, highlighting the finest produce from the Canberra region. This versatile space can accommodate up to 80 standing guests, ensuring a memorable experience for your gathering.

3. Exclusive Hire, Reload Bar & Games


Nestled in the heart of Canberra's Sydney Building, you'll find Reload Bar and Games. Immerse yourself in a world of retro arcades, pinball machines, and modern console gaming that promise endless amusement. Satisfy your palate with expertly crafted bespoke cocktails and savour the delectable flavours of Cajun-inspired soul food. This spacious function venue fits up to 120 guests, also available for private hire. A crafted and unique atmosphere where your Melbourne Cup Celebrations can take place.

4. Bar and Lounge, Ramada Diplomat Canberra


Welcome to Ramada by Wyndham Diplomat Canberra, located in Griffith near the city’s central business district and Parliamentary Triangle. As you step inside, you’ll discover the heartbeat of the Ramada Diplomat Hotel- the Hotel Bar and Lounge. It’s an experience waiting to be savoured. With seasonal menus and a carefully curated drinks list with loads of local options, you will be sure to have a great experience at any time. This function venue accommodates up to 100 guests making it the ideal canvas for unforgettable cocktail functions. And what better occasion to grace this setting than celebrating the exhilarating Melbourne Cup race?

5. Prosecco Bar, Palace Electric Cinemas


Just a short stroll from Canberra’s CBD, explore the enchanting Palace Electric Cinema, which is located in the posh NewActon Nishi Precinct. Here at Prosecco Bar, indulge in the warmth of shared moments with a glass of fine wine and Italian-inspired antipasto. With the ability to host up to 200 guests, this cinema-style function venue effortlessly combines spaciousness with inviting charm. It serves as the perfect canvas to capture the essence of the Melbourne Cup event against a backdrop of unrivalled perfection. Prosecco Bar offers an unparalleled experience for your Melbourne Cup celebration.

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

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 Canberra wide. Cheers!

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