5 Great Reasons To Spend Melbourne Cup Day At the Pub

Unless you’re lucky enough to be trackside at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday come November, likely you’ll be looking for somewhere else to celebrate the big day, where you can have a flutter on the ponies and watch the race on a big screen TV.

Your local pub might just hold all the answers and deliver everything you’re looking for on Melbourne Cup day.

Here are a few great reasons to spend Melbourne Cup day at the pub.

#1 – Food, Glorious Food

Long gone are the days when pubs only served up greasy, heart attack style meals. In the modern pub world, there are all sorts of culinary options to choose from, some super healthy and others, not quite so much.

The point is, there will be plenty of food on offer and you won’t even likely have to leave your seat to enjoy a sumptuous lunch while kicking back and preparing for the big race later in the day.

And if a heavy meal doesn’t really take your fancy, then there are plenty of snacks and side dishes you can order as well.

#2 – Let the Alcohol Flow

What’s celebrating Melbourne Cup 2019 without a drink in hand?

Aussies love a drink, but more alcohol is consumed on Melbourne Cup day around the country than practically any other time, with the possible exception of New Year’s Eve.

Champagne is always a race day favourite, especially with the ladies, but you can drink anything you like. Your local is going to have plenty of cold beer on tap, loads of champagne, and all your favourite spirits, mixers and liqueurs.

Even if you don’t want to drink alcohol, there will be plenty of non-alcoholic options available, from soft drinks to fruit juice, or just plain iced water.

#3 – A BIG Screen TV

Likely there will be more than one big screen TV in your local pub, and what better way to watch the race that stops a nation than on a massive screen TV, with loads of other excited patrons around, all barracking for their chosen horse.

It’s all about soaking up and being immersed in the atmosphere of the event. It’s not just about whether you pick a winner. It’s about enjoying the overall experience, and that’s always better when shared with others.

And you never know. If someone wins big, they might just end up shouting everyone a round of drinks to celebrate.

#4 – Place Bets Right There At the Pub

There’s no need to skip down to the TAB to place a bet on the Melbourne Cup. Just about all pubs in Australia have betting facilities onsite.

While you’re kicking back with a cold one after a nice lunch, you can study the form guide and place your bets with the teller.

Alternatively, you might have a sports betting app on your smartphone and you can place a wager without even having to leave your table.

This also gives you a lot of time to decide on which bets you’re going to place, as well as betting on other races that take place before and after the running of the Cup.

#5 – Party On After the Race

You can make a whole afternoon or day of the event at your local pub. Once the race is run and the winner has been crowned, you can simply party on well into the evening as the drinks continue to flow.

Stay for dinner, have a few more drinks and enjoy the night time festivities. There’s no way your local will be closing early on Melbourne Cup day, and it’s unlikely that most revellers will be going home early either, so indulge and enjoy it while it lasts.

Melbourne Cup only happens once a year.

The Wrap

As you can see from the above list, you can make a full day of the event, all in the comfort of your favourite pub.

Everything you need to enjoy the day – from drinking, dining and betting – all takes place under the one roof.

There’s no need to stay at home alone. Get out and amongst it and party with others down at your local.

 

 

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