There's still time to book a killer sipping and supping option for prime Melbourne Cup viewing

Like spring flowers that suddenly burst into bloom, the spring racing season has come in hard and fast catching many of us by surprise. But if you're not a mad keen punter and missed the initial racetrack memo, don't worry, you've still got time to get involved with the best parts of racing - namely the champagne sipping, the frocking up and the dining out on delicious race day-inspired morsels - courtesy of the upcoming race that stops a nation. In fact you've got nearly three weeks to book into one of the knockout Melbourne Cup events our Sydney dining destinations have to offer. This year, there's no excuse for viewing the race on the miniscule office TV set with a soggy sandwich in one hand a plastic cup filled with warm cask wine in the other.

Scroll through for the 12 slickest places to celebrate Melbourne Cup offering towering eating options, flowing champagne and big screens live streaming all the trackside action.

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