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Top 5 Sydney Venues to Watch The Melbourne Cup

Find your fascinator or best suit and head down to Sydney’s best venues to watch the race that stops the nation! The Melbourne Cup is one of the most exciting events on the racing calendar and should be watched in nothing less than a superb event space. Venue availability is quickly filling out and we don’t want you to miss out. Here are our favourite Cup day events with places still available!

Helm Bar & Bistro

With Sydney’s world-class harbour at its doorstep, Helm Bar & Bistro is conveniently located in Darling Harbour and is the ideal waterfront venue. On the upper deck, guests can enjoy uninterrupted harbour views whilst punting and enjoying the Cup festivities.

Gather your friends for a truly great day out! $199 per person.

Package Inclusions:

  • 4 Hour Premium Drinks and Grazing Package
  • Sweep stakes
  • Lucky door prizes
  • Best dressed
  • Onsite TAB for all races
  • DJ Entertainment from 4pm
  • Venue: Helm Bar and Bistro
  • Address: Aquarium Wharf, 7 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 400
  • Event Type: Parties, Networking, Presentation, Team Activities, Private Dining, Weddings

Potts Point Hotel

Cool and eclectic, this refurbished Federation-style bank turned bar is the perfect place to have fun and entertain. Potts Point Hotel offers a unique dining and drinking experience with retro furniture and a grand bar. With a glass of champagne on arrival and 3 hours of roving canapes, you’ll know you are in the right spot. There are Lucky Door prizes and a fashions on the field competition in case you don’t back a winner on the day.

Package Inclusions:

  • 3hr drinks package
  • 3hr roving canapes
  • Lucky door prizes
  • Fashions on the field
  • Venue: Potts Point Hotel
  • Address: 33-35 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011
  • Capacity: 125
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Team Activities

Shark Hotel

Bustling with retro charm, the Shark Hotel can accommodate any occasion from after-work drinks, a round of pool with friends or a fun night out! Equipped with lounges, high tables and a well-stocked bar, the Bikini Lounge is the ideal location for a fun Melbourne Cup event.

  • Venue: Shark Hotel
  • Address: 127 Liverpool Street (Cnr Pitt Street) Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 100
  • Event/Type: Party, Networking, Team Activity

Hotel Centennial

Looking for a unique experience to celebrate the race that stops the nation? Look no further than Hotel Centennial.

Ride in style this year and get in quick to nab a spot at Hotel Centennial. For $330pp you’ll enjoy a seasonal four-course Melbourne Cup lunch by executive chef, Ben Greeno, alongside an incredible magnum package from arrival ’til the race. Soak up Hotel Centennial’s elegant atmosphere, and raise a glass with friends in the stunning surrounds – it’s Cup Day, after all. 

Package Inclusions:

  • Seasonal four-course
  • Magnum package from arrival ’til race
  • Venue: Hotel Centennial
  • Address: Corner of Oxford St &, Victoria Ave, Woollahra NSW 2025
  • Capacity: 120
  • Event/Type: Parties, Networking, Private Dining, Wedding

Maloney’s Hotel

Maloney’s Hotel is located in Sydney’s CBD district, a prime central location for your events, with all the fun of a traditional Irish pub. If you’re looking for a loud and lively atmosphere for your race day celebrations, Maloney’s Hotel is the place to be. The sister venue to the Shark Hotel, this venue offers an array of delicious food including a special Melbourne Cup menu.

  • Venue: Maloney’s Hotel
  • Address: 81 Goulburn St, Haymarket NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 60
  • Event Type: Parties, Networking, Private Dining


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Anyone! Whether you’re a corporate booker looking for a private dining room, meeting room, Christmas or EOFY party venue or you’re a social booker looking for the perfect spot to host your birthday party, hens night or wedding – HeadBox has you covered.

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Submitting an event brief is an easy process. Our intuitive brief builder will take you through a series of questions collecting all the necessary details needed to host a great event. We want to know details such as where your event will take place, on what date, how many people are attending, and what your total budget is. Once you submit this information, relevant and available venues will respond to your brief!

4. How long will it take for venues to respond?

Our venues are super quick to respond! You should receive responses or a proposal within 24-48 business hours.

5. What are the top 5 things to consider when choosing a venue?

The cost, the location, style, capacity & catering options.