November in Melbourne means it’s time to get dressed up in our best suits, frocks, and fascinators for the Spring Racing Carnival! While it’s only a lucky few who will get to enjoy the 2021 Melbourne Cup live from Flemington racecourse, there is no shortage of wonderful local spots in Bayside to watch the race on the big screen. From sports bars to beachside eats, this C&G Blog recommends the best places to get dressed up and enjoy the 2021 Melbourne Cup!
Normally closed on a Tuesday, this cosy late-night bar nestled on Cruikshank Street in Port Melbourne will be opening its doors to put on one of the best Melbourne Cup events in all of Bayside. They’ll be playing the races on the big screen in their stunning gin garden and are offering $10 glasses of Mumm Malborough Rose and $35 Gunn Island Draft Beer Towers! (Available until sold out.) Enjoy their à la carte menu and extensive cocktail list to make this Melbourne Cup Day your best yet. Free entry, bookings are encouraged. Open from 12 PM.
69 Cruikshank St Port Melbourne, 3207
03 9676 2004
Marine Hotel Brighton
This newly renovated luxury location in Brighton boasts the biggest TV in Bayside! With a spacious layout featuring a mix of casual dining options, a brand-new alfresco Courtyard, TAB, and their famous steaks that were recently featured on Channel 9’s postcards - this is an excellent choice to enjoy the race. Plus, the bar has even promised a free round of drinks if Marine One comes out on top! Open from 12 PM.
215 New St, Brighton VIC 3186
(03) 9592 1687
One of Melbourne’s oldest and most beloved sports bars is surely one of the best options for Melbourne Cup aficionados to watch this year’s race live on the big screen! The drinks will be flowing, the burgers tasty as ever, and the bar’s large amount of widescreen televisions means that you won’t miss a thing! Bookings essential. Open from 11 AM.
10 Brighton Road, St Kilda
(03) 9531 1542
Brighton’s favorite local pub! With some of the best views in Bayside, pull up a window pew at Hotel Brighton and enjoy the gorgeous scenery before turning your attention to the race! Hotel Brighton’s sister venue The Deck Cafe is also taking brunch bookings for Tuesday if you want to treat yourself to breakfast before settling in for the day ahead. Open from 12 PM.
286 Bay Street, Brighton VIC 3186
(03) 9596 3244
Stokehouse’s laid-back charm and vibrant atmosphere perfectly complement their award-winning food & wine menu and stunning views of the Bay. The Elwood-based team is bringing Melbourne’s favourite race day to life with feature races aired live throughout the day. Secure your spot by the sea and indulge in their iconic premium seafood platter plus a range of stunning new seasonal menu items from Executive Chef Jason Staudt. Open from 12 PM.
30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda https://stokehouse.com.au/ 03 9525 5555