Melbourne Cup

It really is a race that stops a nation. Although it wasn’t so long ago that us Sydneysiders downed tools at 3pm to watch the race then returned straight back to work afterwards.


Times have changed and we now treat Cup Day with the same grand sense of occasion as our Melbournian counterparts. We’ve come to appreciate that it’s not just a horse race, it’s Race Day. A legitimate excuse for ladies to frock up, for men to don their suits and for all of us to spend the day at lunch punting, preening, and clinging on to our dignities for dear life.


And so should we celebrate! We are talking about the richest turf race on the planet with an impressive $6 million dollars in prize money and $340 million in bets. We do love to look stylish whilst celebrating – forking out more than $52 million on fashion and retail. And we do like a beverage – consuming the equivalent of four Olympic sized swimming pools of alcohol between breakfast and dinner!


Here at Firefly we do love a good Melbourne Cup bash and we’re serious about the business of pleasure on race day. We know how to throw a great party because we know how to party ourselves. And rest assured it will be a proper party when you choose us.


Why celebrate Cup Day at Firefly this year


The Venue

Firefly is beautiful. She’ll be dressed in flowers with bay windows thrown open to her perfect North aspect to flood your table in sunshine and a warm Spring breeze. The only distraction to her beauty will be our stylishly dressed guests and a large LED screen.


The Staff

Our dapper team of consummate hospitality professionals will be on hand to attentively ensure your your beer is always frosty, your flute never runs dry and you every whim is fulfilled. #Atyourservice.


The Food

Our Exec Chef Zac Stanning hails from the original Jamie Oliver’s in Shoreditch, reporting directly to the man himself.


Chef Zac has curated a sharing banquet menu featuring the best of the best of our menu, brimming with flavour and abundance. *We can certainly cater for any guests with dietary intolerances/requirements


Melbourne Cup Menu 2018


Oysters with yuzu & guava ponzu


Zucchini Fries


Chicken Pancakes


Juniper cured ocean trout


Haloumi and watermelon


Lemon and garlic chicken breast


Mixed leaf salad


Broken berry cheesecake with mixed berry compote & strawberry gel


The Beverages

Perhaps the most important component to ensure a successful and most enjoyable Race Day luncheon which is why we give it so much attention.


We know you’ll arrive parched which is why we will have a complimentary cocktail awaiting you to immediately quench that thirst. Every year our welcome cocktail has the same name – “The Final Furlong” however every year we alter the recipe to maintain a sense of mystery and keep things interesting. We will be be releasing photos of ‘The Final Furlong’ on our Insta along with a few hints as to its ingredients. Todays hint; it will be champagne based with aromatic flower. And a good glug of booze.


For your continued drinking pleasure we’ll be pouring no less than three roses` on top of our usual strong wine offering of twenty five by the glass. Our craft beer fridge will be crammed full and set to “icy cold” and our bespoke cocktail menu will only be exceeded by your imagination to order anything your desire. We challenge you to challenge us to stir down your favourite classic drink.


We can also accommodate a drinks package at $48pp, which includes sparkling, white, rose and red wine and domestic beer for 2.5 hours.

In summary – for a modest $88pp you get:


Complimentary cocktail on arrival


Generous share banquet


Races on the big screen




Prizes for his and hers best dressed


*TAB around the corner on Military Rd


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