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.
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.
Beechworth Comes to Collingwood
A former Vue de Monde somm brings a slice of the Victorian country, and Italy, to the north.
Bars in Fitzroy
Fitzroy has a busy, eclectic and sometime hectic bar scene. It is certainly Melbourne’s – and possibly Australia’s – biggest and most thriving place for a cocktail, beer on tap and a night on the tiles. Brunswick Street and its surrounds bustle with drinkers going between rooftop bars, band venues, nuevo-speakeasies, straight up-and-down pubs and cocktail and wine bars. And while they are all densely packed all destinations in Fitzroy are different. We’ll help you find what you’re looking for.
The Gasometer Hotel
A classic live music venue, complete with a giant retractable roof.
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.
Two Rockpool alums are behind this smart wine bar.
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.
A wine bar and shop from the guys behind The Alps and Toorak Cellars.
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.
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.
A Collingwood rock'n'roll pub with a rich history.
Five Warm Winter Bars
Fireplaces, couches and cocktails. Put these five warm winter bars on your list.
The Vine Hotel
A classic inner-city pub with a rich history.
Paradise Alley Opens in Collingwood
Bevy slinger Laura Twomey moves into Easey Street, with a little help from her friends.
Terror Twilight Arrives in Collingwood
Hootan Heydari and Jono Hill’s Johnston Street diner grows up.
Inspired by an old-school cafe style bar from 1920s France, Thomas Olive resides above Saint Crispin as its own.
The Gem Bar and Dining
The Gem is a pub like few others.
Unusual Plants – and Helpful Tips – in Collingwood
If you’ve killed a few bits of greenery in your time, head to The Plant Society – a new store within cafe Mina-no-ie that comes with advice, and coffee.
Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets
A little gem, with intimate corners and old-world charm.
Baden Powell Hotel
An unsung hero where you can eat, drink and even sleep.
The Grace Darling Hotel
A gastro-pub serving good food, drink and music in a classy setting.
Ocean Made: A Hidden Treasure in Collingwood
One of Melbourne’s leading seafood suppliers is right under your nose.
Cosy Winter Bars
Dark corners, candlelight and warm beverages. Make these bars your winter drinking destinations.
Stomping Ground Brewing Co.
A brewery in Collingwood that doesn’t feel like one.