It's never too early to start planning your Melbourne Cup 2018 celebration. Whether it's before, during or after the race these are the places to celebrate your win or get over your losses! So get your crew together and check out a few of Sydney's best hidden gems.

Golden Age Cinema Bar

 Golden Age Cinema Bar – 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills - An oldie but a goody you don’t have to be attending one of their art house films to enjoy the comforts of this bar. Order a cocktail named after a cinema classic and sink into the leather banquettes. Formerly the office of Paramount Pictures this subterranean treasure is a local favourite.

 Baccomatto Osteria - 212 Riley St, Surry Hills - Modern Italian at its best, where you will be greeted at the door like a long lost relative by an Italian Nonna. This dining room can accommodate an intimate date or your whole crew, with an abundant banquet of antipasto delights and made-on-the-premises seasonal pasta accompanied by a fine wine.

Black Bottle - Shop 2/118-116 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst - Co-owned by two Frenchman who really know their cocktails and Mediterranean share plates. A lovely courtyard outback in which to sip your champagne & enjoy a dozen oysters natural after your win at the track.

 PG’s - 169 King Street, Newtown - The latest bar on King Street. Hidden in plain sight: just look out for the book lined shelves set behind glass doors. Featuring a  high ceiling, with old masters in gilded frames, this two-level bar can definitely accommodate your crew for your post-cup celebrations.

Love Tilly Devine – 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst - A classic Sydney gem on a discrete laneway and one of Sydney’s first small bars. Stocking a hand picked selection of natural wines from around the globe. Rustic bar food served up in an old bottle shop storage area.

Dear Sainte Eloise

 Dear Sainte Eloise - 5/29 Orwell St, Potts Point - A French salon style venue with a 300 strong wine list. Tasty morsels available from the late-night kitchen, everything from roe boats to burrata served with chunky slices of Brickfields bread, whilst you take in the laneway parade.

 Et Al.7/24-30 Springfield Avenue, Entry Via Llankelly Place, Potts Point - Located at the other end of Llankelly Place, this small but perfect formed restaurant has a constantly evolving menu of contemporary Australian food complimented by an elegant organic wine list.

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