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Giddy Up For Melbourne Cup

Get ready to head off to the races right by the beach for this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Marina Pier is known as the precinct of gorgeous dining that buzzes with life – we are taking this a step further for Melbourne Cup day on Tuesday November 2.

Set to a backdrop of glistening water views and a floral photo installation to take snaps in front of, it’s time to dress up for a fun day of delicious food, good wine, entertainment and of course the thrill of the big race!

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Marina Pier is the ultimate destination for events from corporate functions and weddings to birthday parties and of course Melbourne Cup day. The spacious COVID-safe venues with ocean and marina views will have a range of offerings for the races. We’ve compiled a guide to all the exciting events that its restaurants will host.

Pick your loudest hats and prepare to watch the races accompanied by waterfront views.

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For $120, guests will be pampered with all things fancy and fun.

They will be greeted with a glass of GH Mumm champagne on arrival, then seated to enjoy a scrumptious three course Mediterranean menu including entrees, mains and desserts. There will be free-flow bubbles, beer and wine from 11.30am to 3.00pm on the day.

Guests will be able to watch live coverage of the race and sweeps, as well as roving fashion, exciting activations and a silent auction with proceeds going to Beyond Blue.

Live music by DJ Dizzy will sound-track the day, only to stop for the big race. If COVID restrictions are lifted, there will be the opportunity to hit the dance floor too.

Call 08 8376 7688 to book.

Ellenika is located at Marina Pier Lights Landing Holdfast Shores Shop 6/3 Chappell Dr, Glenelg SA.

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Oyster Bar

The Oyster Bar is known for providing some of the best oysters in South Australia.

For $110, guests will be treated to a glass of Piper Heidsieck Champagne on arrival as well as two drink vouchers to redeem to keep fuelled for a day of fun.

There will be a three-course gourmet grazing menu from 11am to 2pm to enjoy while watching each race of the day live and betting on sweeps. With prizes for best dressed, make sure you put on your fanciest frock and suit to win.

Bookings are essential. Call 08 8376 3100 to book.

Oyster Bar is located at Marina Pier, 10 Chappell Dr, Glenelg.

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Seafire On The Marina

Seafire is known for delivering a salivation-inducing selection of grass-fed steak specialties.

For $89, guests will be poured a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival to start off the celebrations of the race that stops the nation. There will be an exciting new cocktail list too for the garden bar as well as the launch of their prosecco pop summer promo to ensure there are drinks to suit all.

Seafire will be serving a feed me menu that new head chef is releasing on November 1. While dressed to the T, guests will have the opportunity to bet on sweeps throughout the day while watching every race on the big screens.

Bookings are essential. Call 08 8350 9574 to book.

Seafire On The Marina is located at Shop 2, Holdfast Shores Marina Pier, Glenelg.

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Luciano’s is a Tuscan paradise, full of marble and pink textures. Taking heavy inspiration from its surroundings and Italian background, the menu takes customers on a European holiday.

For $135, guests will be treated to a four-hour drinks package including Small Victories Wines, Elderton Wines and Peroni Beer to sip on while enjoying the Melbourne Cup. They will feast on a sumptuous four course Italian lunch and watch the big race with oceanfront views.

While listening to live music by Becky Blake and Dave, guests can bet on sweeps and celebrate fashions on the field.

Bookings are essential. Bookings can be made here: https://www.lucianos.com.au/event-details/melbourne-cup-2021

Luciano’s is located at Shop 13-15 Marina Pier Holdfast Shores Marina, Glenelg

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The Wharf

The Wharf is an intimate cosy venue which cooks modern Australian cuisine.

For $75, those who attend will be served a delicious four courses with complementary bubbles. Giddy up to The Wharf to watch Melbourne Cup races which will air on their TVs throughout the day.

Guests will be welcomed to bet on sweeps and play mystery bets as well as get involved with raffles. Get ready to go hard on your outfit for the day with prizes for best dressed.

To book a table, you can call 08 8376 6266 or email thewharf@internode.on.net.

The Wharf is located at Shop 4 Marina Pier, Glenelg.

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Sunset Bar

Sunset Bar’s sand level deck is the proper way to eat waterside. With the bay at your feet (basically) and a host of drinks to choose, this spot is offering a unique take on the Melbourne Cup event.

For the race, 24 products will be picked with a horse each; the item is allocated to the winning horse will be $5 for the next hour. They are partnering with Lambrook Adelaide Hills Wines to put and the sparkling event.

When guests are not sipping the drink special, they can take bets on sweeps, and choose from their range of drinks from tap beers to top shelf spirits.

Check out Sunset Bar Facebook page to keep up to date https://www.facebook.com/MarinaSunsetBar

Marina Sunset Bar Shop 3 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg 

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Full article written by Lara Pacillo from Glam Adelaide. Click HERE for the original article.

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