Bali is not immune to the high octane race that stops a nation, The Melbourne Cup. Whether you’re planning to go all out, donning hats and high heels or you’d rather dress down and enjoy a rare punt, you have plenty of choices.
Where will you be standing when 24 magnificent race horses face off for the grueling 3,2000 metre race that sees champions born each year? Last year the first female jockey ever won the race, legends have been discovered, first timers and old stand-bys have seen the finishing line and crossed it triumphantly. Here’s our top picks ( and no, we aren’t tipping the winners, that is way too hard and takes all the fun out of it anyway.) Most venues start the day at 10am ( yes, that’s right), the race runs at midday, so expect the unexpected on Bali’s streets as revelers continue well into the afternoon. Note: Gambling is illegal in Indonesia, so settle for a friendly flutter on a sweep, or hang with someone who has a TAB account (and they will be around!)
Cocoon Beach Club
Serious race goers, love Cocoon’s annual event as they include all the things that make a day at the races fun. Aside from sweeps and top picks there are mini meat pies and sausage rolls to snack on, champagne by the bucket and a dedicated space dressed with white tablecloths and peppered with colourful people. A 3 course lunch with 4 hours of free flow bubbles, wine and beer is offered at Rp. 1,250,000. Special guest MC for the event is Australia’s colourful Megaqueen. Cocoon’s live satellite beams the full day of races onto large screens set around the venue. The upstairs bar is a great place to hang out and enjoy the races if the full lunch package isn’t your style. The atmosphere at Cocoon during big race days is always full of passion, enthusiasm and plenty of winners. Will it be you this year? You have to be in it to win it. Bookings at email@example.com
The sprawling green lawn dressed with a giant marquee is a stylish choice for Melbourne Cup each year. With great entertainment, a punt for fun booth and rolling sweepstakes, the club offers the chance to dress up and enjoy a delicious spring-inspired lunch. Watch the races live on big screens and feel the excitement as the horses round the final bend. It’s infectious, it’s fun and there are prizes for the most stylish hats and fashions on the field. This year Aussie music legend, Darryl Braithwaite will hit the stage to get everyone back on their feet as the sun starts to fade on Australia’s favourite sports day. People watching is always an event in itself at The Canggu Club on race day, book ahead to avoid missing out, it is often a sell out event. Tickets are priced at Rp2,000,000net for non members and includes 3 hours of free flow, gourmet canapés, a 3 course lunch and an Aussie legend on stage at 4pm. For bookings contact: www.cangguclub.com
Hats optional at Saigon Street
With a live feed from the track and delicious three-course menu with a bottle of Chandon sparkling to share per table of four, the atmosphere at Saigon Street is always lively and fun. The menu includes some of their signature Vietnamese dishes and samples from the new menu as well. Light, bright and always a stayer in the race for Melbourne Cup fans as the afternoon fades into a blur of snowy coconut daiquiris and Vietnamese coffee martinis. Yum. Lunch with a shared bottle of sparkling is priced at Rp388,000++ per person. For bookings contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Plumbers Arms
Relax with a pub lunch and all the fun of the races at Bali’s favourite English pub ( they are half Australian btw). The Plumbers Arms is offering live feed, big screens, the excitement of the race day and a three course lunch with a glass of wine at Rp250,000. Get there early and line up at the bar for great value sparkling, cocktails and their famously cold beer. Dress code is simple, wear clothes, anything you like. Come prepared for fun and bring your mates. For lunch bookings contact: +62 851 0044 9132