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

Above Board

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

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

The Tote

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

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

28 Stanley Street, Collingwood

Stomping Ground Brewing Co.

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

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

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

279 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Paradise Alley, Little Latin Lucy and Casati’s

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

A verdant greenhouse bar with plenty of natural light.

73 Rupert Street, Collingwood

Congress

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

49 Peel Street, Collingwood

The Incubator

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

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

51 Gipps Street, Collingwood

The Grace Darling Hotel

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

114 Smith Street, Collingwood

Smithward

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

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

289 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Project 49

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

107 Cambridge Street, Collingwood
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Plug Nickel

By day, it serves some of Melbourne's best coffee. But once the sun goes down, it's time for tinnies and natural wine.

7 Peel Street, Collingwood

The Mill Brewery

A one-man operation punching above its weight.

40 Sackville Street, Collingwood

BeerMash Cellars

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

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

61-65 Victoria Parade, Collingwood

The Gasometer Hotel

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

484 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets

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

80 Smith Street , Collingwood

Forester's Pub & Dining

Dozens of beers and classic pub food in an ornate space.

64 Smith Street, Collingwood