Collingwood doesn't have the same density of bars as neighbouring Fitzroy, but it does have a bit of everything. The oldest pubs and bars have retained the area's original attitude: grungy and working-class. But in more recent years, polished wine and cocktail bars have taken over as the main places to find a drink. We're into all of it, from standing front-and-centre on The Tote's sticky carpet to enjoying a bottle of wine at Congress.

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Guide to Collingwood
Best Bars in Fitzroy

Maha Bar

Bar

Traditional Middle Eastern eats and za’atar margaritas at Maha’s good-time sibling.

86 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Above Board

Bar

Finding this secretive, 16-seat cocktail bar is half the fun.

Level 1 306 Smith Street (access through Chopper Lane), Collingwood

The Tote

Bar

One of the most legendary venues in Melbourne's live music scene, still hosting punk, metal and stoner-rock bands five nights a week.

71 Johnston Street, Collingwood

The Moon

Bar

A wine bar and shop from the guys behind The Alps and Toorak Cellars.

28 Stanley Street, Collingwood
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Stomping Ground Brewing Co.

Bar

Nearly every style you can imagine is available at this convivial beer hall, and they're all made right there.

100 Gipps Street, Collingwood

Nighthawks

Bar

As far as neighbourhood bars go, it’s pretty hard to top this laid-back hangout inspired by the beautiful old dive bars found across America.

136 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Molly Rose

Bar

In an old furniture warehouse, you'll find sour-coffee ales and beer that mimics wine.

279 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Paradise Alley

Bar

A three-in-one warehouse space in Collingwood: pool, South American snacks, a deli, cocktails and more.

Paradise Alley & Little Latin Lucy 25 Easey Street, Collingwood

Rupert on Rupert

Bar

A verdant greenhouse bar with plenty of natural light.

73 Rupert Street, Collingwood

Congress

Restaurant

Kangaroo pastrami, pulled pig’s-head and croquettes are the hallmarks of this flexible restaurant-slash-wine bar.

49 Peel Street, Collingwood

The Incubator

Bar

There’s beer, and then there’s award-winning India Pale Ale served straight from the tank. Here, you’ll get the latter.

414 Smith Street, Collingwood

Le Bon Ton

Restaurant

A late-night bar bringing the flavours of New Orleans and Texan barbeque to Melbourne.

51 Gipps Street, Collingwood

The Grace Darling Hotel

Bar

A gastro-pub serving good food, drink and music in a classy setting.

114 Smith Street, Collingwood

Smithward

Bar

This tiny neighbourhood wine bar doesn’t have room for a kitchen. So it serves a lot of cheese.

48 Smith Street, Collingwood

The Gem Bar and Dining

Bar

This rowdy pub has a rockabilly theme, complete with genuine American barbeque. It's unusual, but it works.

289 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Rosella

Restaurant

A three-in-one deli, restaurant and wine bar.

107 Cambridge Street, Collingwood

The Mill Brewery

Bar

A one-man operation punching above its weight.

40 Sackville Street, Collingwood

BeerMash Cellars

Shop

Grab a growler to go, or sit in and take advantage of the huge range of draught, canned and bottled beers.

306 Smith Street, Collingwood

Baden Powell Hotel

Bar

An unsung hero where you can eat, drink and even sleep.

61-65 Victoria Parade, Collingwood

The Gasometer Hotel

Bar

A classic live music venue, complete with a giant retractable roof.

484 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets

Bar

A little gem, with intimate corners and old-world charm.

80 Smith Street , Collingwood

Goldy's Tavern

Bar

This charmingly refurbed pub feels like it’s been around forever. Park yourself in the sunny, plant-filled atrium or nab a spot out front, then order a riff on the Chiko Roll, spicy mussel “schnitzels” and a Goldy’s Gaytime for dessert. Plus, very Aussie cocktails such as the Bloody Oath and Bob’s Your Uncle, and weekly pool comps.

66 Gold Street, Collingwood