It’s the race that stops the nation (if you’re Victorian). We sure as hell don’t have a day off for the Melbourne Cup Race in Adelaide. Never fear, it’s usually pretty easy to convince your boss that an afternoon of bubbles, betting and bonding is necessary for office morale. Here’s our pick of events in Adelaide – with SA fashion included, natch.
Adelaide Rose Garden
If you like it fancy and in the city, this is the event for you. Live music, bubbles and restaurant experiences brought to you by the likes of Andre’s Cucina. There’s even a catered picnic option, as well as top-notch food vendors. Biddie City throws out its finest, with a braid bar, fashion shows, and style station for the fillies. The gents aren’t left out – with grooming on hand for all the bro tweaks. There’s also a giant screen to actually watch the race if you’re so inclined. This looks to be a pretty classy event so dress accordingly.
Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga, 11:30am to 9:30pm. General Admission $65
Aldgate Pump Hotel
Want to have the atmosphere of the race without actually joining an event? This Adelaide Hills local is a good bet for Melbourne Cup enthusiasts. Straddling the best of both worlds, it looks beautiful but supplies the business end of the race. From the outside, the traditional colonial-era architecture provides the perfect backdrop for all your social media pics. Once that necessity is out of the way, head inside to the sports bar to scream and hurl abuse if your horse is knocked up and looks like it’s going to fluff the finish line.
1 Strathalbyn Road, Aldgate, 10:30am to 11pm. Not ticketed.
The Hotel Metropolitan
Like your horse racing a little more relaxed? Don’t fancy wobbling around on the grass in stilettoes like a newborn foal? We hear you. Give the bunions and direct sunlight a miss and set up shop in the front bar of the Hotel Metro. Don’t expect airs and graces at this central heritage listed pub. Just good times, good tunes and prizes. There will be bubbles and Pimms specials all day, two massive screens to watch all the action and platters to share, alongside a set menu. You can frock up or down as much as you like. If dresses aren’t your vibe, go pleather trews, oversized tee and matching sunnies. Chuck on a beret and put all the mug punters to shame by acting cool as a cucumber when your horse wins. No screaming for this mare.
46 Grote Street, Adelaide. Not ticketed
They’ve got a whole Melbourne Cup Carnival week going on at the Cas. Live entertainment every race day, drink specials and a seafood buffet if you are so inclined. On the big day you can choose from the Chandelier Bar, aforementioned Fortuna Buffet, and a three-course luncheon option courtesy of Sean’s Kitchen. The real action will be in the Grandstand Sports Bar with $6 Boags and bubbles until 7pm. Take the plunge and wear something allowing a bit of room for all the prawns and sparkling you’ll be guzzling. A word of caution: don’t be that one friend warned off for poor behaviour. Keep it together, take a spell from the cheap bubbles and be a stayer.
Adelaide Casino, North Terrace, Adelaide. Various prices
Not overly fussed about the race but happy for any excuse to frock up and smash some bubbles? The Highway is calling. They’re throwing a deck party and your ticket price includes eight drink tokens (bubbles, wine, beer, and spirits) food, live music by the saxophone-laden Escapades band and racing on the big screen. TAB facilities will be available if you fancy a flutter. So grab your finest silks and don’t forget the headwear. There’s no reserved seating, so wear something comfortable and insouciant – no fascinators digging their death grip into this mane.
Filly: young female horse three years old or younger.
Knocked up: when your horse noticeably tires at the end stages of a race.
Mare: female horse aged four years or over.
Mug Punters: essentially someone who is a bit shit at punting.
Punter: someone who places a bet.
Stayer: a horse that performs better over long distances.
Warned off: a person who has been banned from racing or entering a racecourse.
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