Piccolina Gelateria Collingwood
Sit at the bar with a cone – or a granita – and watch pastry chefs prepare gelato.
Gontran Cherrier Collingwood
Traditional bread and experimental pastry from one of France’s biggest names.
The Gasometer Hotel
A classic live music venue, complete with a giant retractable roof.
This tiny neighbourhood wine bar doesn’t have room for a kitchen. So it serves a lot of cheese.
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.
Rupert on Rupert
A verdant greenhouse bar with plenty of natural light.
A wine bar and shop from the guys behind The Alps and Toorak Cellars.
Fancy a no-nonsense burger for breakfast, served five storeys up, inside a train carriage? This is the place for you.
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.
The Mill Brewery
A one-man operation punching above its weight.
The Craft & Co
This huge, multi-faceted venue defies convenient labelling. You really need to visit to understand it.
Finding this secretive, 16-seat cocktail bar is half the fun.
Forester's Pub & Dining
Dozens of beers and classic pub food in an ornate space.
One of the most legendary venues in Melbourne's live music scene, still hosting punk, metal and stoner-rock bands five nights a week.
The Gem Bar and Dining
This rowdy pub has a rockabilly theme, complete with genuine American barbeque. It's unusual, but it works.
Baden Powell Hotel
An unsung hero where you can eat, drink and even sleep.
Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets
A little gem, with intimate corners and old-world charm.
The Grace Darling Hotel
A gastro-pub serving good food, drink and music in a classy setting.
Stomping Ground Brewing Co.
Nearly every style you can imagine is available at this convivial beer hall, and they're all made right there.
The Plant Society
A plant store within cafe Mina-no-ie that comes with advice, and coffee.
A shiny retail concept on Johnston Street selling books, records, T-shirts, jewellery and more.
Shane Delia’s slick, hip-hop inspired kebab joint.
Smith Street Alimentari
An Italian-ish cafe and food store with excellent takeaway options.
Le Bon Ton
A late-night bar bringing the flavours of New Orleans and Texan barbeque to Melbourne.
Best Cocktail Bars in the CBD
Sometimes, beer and wine just don't cut it. In those times, you need cocktails. Be it a well-made Negroni, or a complex, multi-layered sipper, Melbourne has a wealth of places to partake. These are our favourites, ranging from casual spots, to table service venues where the staff wear waistcoats. But without fail, they all know their spirits.
Inside this store in a Collingwood laneway you’ll find antique batik tables and handcrafted goods from Indonesia.
All-day breakfasts and “feel-good” food.
Yutaka Matsuda’s permanent pancake place in Collingwood.
A green haven in the back streets of Collingwood.
Grab a growler to go, or sit in and take advantage of the huge range of draught, canned and bottled beers.