Melbourne Cup has become Spring’s first big day out and it seems most of Auckland’s hospitality venues are putting on special lunches. The most natural place to take in the action is Ellerslie where you can see the racing up close throughout the day. With luxurious Mumm champagne flowing freely and celebs and fashionistas strutting their stuff in the nearly sold-out hospitality areas, you’ll truly welcome in Spring with style.
Heading for the water not the track? Euro will host its annual lunch with richlisters galore lapping up the fun. Headquarters at the Viaduct is also getting in on the action, but our pick is Soul Bar and Bistro, which is tied in with the action at Flemington and the famous Maison Mumm marquee in The Birdcage, which this year has a nautical theme. Whispers are E! Channel host Giuliana Rancic, 43, will be in attendance. At Soul, the restaurant will spill on to the Viaduct with games and DJs lined up to take the A-list crowd into the after party.
SkyCity is getting in on the racing action too and will have a Trelise Cooper fashion show on Federal St, with the event set across five of their restaurants: Huami, Gusto at the Grand, MASU by Nic Watt, The Grill by Sean Connolly and The Sugar Club.
Longroom, Botswana Butchery and Regatta Bar & Eatery Takapuna are all worth a look-in, but our pick for celebrity spotting is Augustus Bistro in Ponsonby, where customers will have Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and Estrella Damm Beer on arrival, followed by a four-course lunch and a big party into the evening.
WIN one of two Prize packs to Melbourne Cup at Ellerslie with Spy.
- 4 x Garden Party tickets valued at $240
- $200 food / drink voucher
- Transport to and from Ellerslie racecourse to the value of $100
To enter go to winwiththeherald.co.nz and enter the keyword “Ellerslie” by 11.59pm, Wednesday, October 25.