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Written by Cassandra Thomson - 17 October 2023

The Best Spots for Melbourne Cup Celebrations Sydney

As the excitement for the infamous Melbourne Cup arises, get ready to celebrate in style at some of the best spots for Melbourne Cup celebrations Sydney offers – the city has plenty of fantastic spots to celebrate Australia's most prestigious horse race. Whether you’re looking for a lively and cosy pub or a more sleek and refined space, don’t worry – we have picked our favourite function venues in Sydney to enjoy the show with your closest ones.

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1. Harbourfront Seafood, Recommended Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant Sydney The Rocks

The Rocks

Nestled at the historic Campbell's Stores in The Rocks, Harbourfront is the ultimate seafood haven that recently underwent a stunning multi-million-dollar transformation. For over half a century, this renowned restaurant has been delighting thousands of fans with its delectable seafood offerings. hat sets Harbourfront apart is its unique take on traditional Australian produce with a modern twist, ensuring a memorable dining experience. The restaurant's new covered terrace provides an unparalleled backdrop, offering panoramic views of Sydney's iconic landmarks, ensuring a Melbourne Cup celebration like no other. Invite up to 60 guests for a memorable gathering at this stunning function venue

2. North End, Helm Bar & Bistro


A prime Melbourne Cup celebration destination nestled along the beautiful Darling Harbour, Helm Bar & Bistro shines bright. With four distinctive spaces available for private events, this function venue caters to every need. Whether you're looking to unwind in the post-work ambience or make the most of your weekend, Helm Bar & Bistro upper deck bar promises an unforgettable experience. The largest of the two areas is at the North End of the Upper Deck – boasting an entirely glass front, it offers stunning views of the harbour. It features both low dining tables and cocktail furniture for standing receptions. With a generous capacity of up to 150 guests, it's an ideal setting for Melbourne Cup festivities!

3. Group Space, Saga Bar


At the core of Sydney, hidden away lies Saga Bar – this enchanting bar transports you to a tropical rainforest, where lush greenery and vibrant colours create an atmosphere that's both unique and captivating. As you step inside, you'll find yourself surrounded by the peacefulness of a rainforest, making it the perfect setting to relax in and enjoy the festivities of Melbourne Cup day. Despite its size, the function venue has no problem fitting up to 60 guests, whether they’re seated or standing, in the Group Space. This space features a fountain-side seating arrangement, creating the perfect environment for socialising during the special day. Don’t miss out on all the fun and enjoyment at Saga Bar, a must-visit destination that promises a memorable time.

4. Level One, Potts Point Hotel

Potts Point

Step into a beautifully renovated Federation-style bank that has been transformed into the perfect Melbourne Cup destination in Potts Point. This local bar and grill pub & restaurant promises a dining and culinary adventure like no other. What's more, it boasts a collection of bars spread across four levels, making it an extremely versatile function venue. For those seeking a sophisticated Melbourne Cup celebration, Level One at this venue is an ideal choice. With a capacity to accommodate up to 250 guests in a cocktail-style setting, it's perfect for a wide array of occasions. Equipped with everything you might need during your stay, Level One offers the perfect backdrop for your upcoming festivity!

5. The Castlereagh, Level 1, The Castlereagh


Sitting in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, The Castlereagh stands out as much more than your average venue. It’s the perfect setting for any kind of event and celebration, and your soon-to-be Melbourne Cup affair won’t be an exception. Its diverse spaces cater to all occasions, ensuring that no matter the size or style of your event, there's a perfect setting for you. Accommodating up to 210 attendees cocktail-style or 140 seated, there’s no crowd this function venue can’t handle. So, get your guest list ready and start prepping for a glorious gathering!

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

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 Sydney wide. Cheers!

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