It’s Saturday night, you’re all dressed up with no idea where to go. That’s where Smudge comes in. We’ve crawled Smith Street and surrounds to find the best bars in Collingwood, ensuring your night is worth the weekly wait.
With three unique levels and an extensive cocktail list, The Noble Experiment is not only on of the best bars in Collingwood but also one of the most entertaining. What could be more Collingwood than a Friday night spent sipping on a Smith Street Fizz?
284 Smith Street, Collingwood
(03) 9416 0058
Bringing a slice of New Orleans to the streets of Collingwood, Le Bon Ton combines classic Southern hospitality and smoky flavours with a killer cocktail list. What more could you ask for on a night out?
51 Gipps Street, Collingwood
(03) 9416 4341
Stomping Ground is the go-to destination for all Collingwood locals looking to quench a beer-flavoured thirst. With 30 taps behind the bar and one of Collingwood’s best beer gardens, it’s a beer buff’s heaven.
100 Gipps Street, Collingwood
(03) 9415 1944
The drink selection behind the bar at Rupert on Rupert is a labour of love. The bar team has hand-picked spirits from some of their favourite places around the world, focused the cellar on family owned beer and wine brands, and topped it all off with a few fun twists on the classic cocktails. With all this and a scrumptious pizza-centric menu, it’s no wonder it’s one of the best bars east of Smith.
73 Rupert Street, Collingwood
03 9419 7702
The Grace Darling Hotel
Melbourne’s second oldest pub, The Grace Darling Hotel, has been a Collingwood local watering hole for over a century. These days it is a modern gastropub, dishing up old-fashioned hospitality, a delicious pub menu and a classic drinks menu.
114 Smith Street, Collingwood
(03) 9416 0055
With 40 craft beers on tap and a liquor licence that rolls into the wee hours of the morning, it is no shock that Foresters is one of Collingwood’s best bars. Come for a quiet afternoon drink and stay all night for the cocktails and karaoke.
64 Smith Street, Collingwood
03 8415 1104
Keeping Smith Street cool and casual, Mr Scruff’s is the place for burgers, booze and beats. With a 90s soundtrack spinning all night long, it’s easy to settle in for a weekend session.
60 Smith Street, Collingwood
03 9995 3881
Sun, Tues-Wed 11:30am-1am
This upstairs bar – affectionately named the Wowhouse – boasts an impressive list of cocktails, both classic and custom, as well as a large range of premium spirits, liqueurs, single malts, fine-aged rum and wines to match every taste. Down your drink while indulging in a round of bocce, pool or a board game; your competitive streak will appear in just a few moves.
97B Smith Street, Fitzroy
03 9419 2992
Head up the unmarked stairs by Belle’s Hot Chicken to find The Everleigh, one of Collingwood’s, nay Melbourne’s, best bars. With one of the largest cocktail books on display, you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, what’s written down is just a drop in the ocean when it comes to what’s actually on offer – the bartenders’ knowledge opens up the playing field to include just about every flavour combination.
Level 1, 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
03 9416 2229
Known to be one of the area’s go-to coffee destinations, Johnston Street’s Dr Morse is also one of the best drinking holes in Collingwood. With a drinks list that is guided by the principles of sustainability, Dr Morse supports the little guy and will make sure your conscience is as clear as possible as you sip your way through the weekend.
274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
(03) 9416 1005
The Gasometer Hotel
A classic Collingwood pub, The Gasometer Hotel offers all you could desire from an old-school watering hole. Whether you are looking for a quick glass of wine after work or settling for an afternoon of beers in front of the footy, the team at the Gasometer Hotel have got you covered.=
484 Smith Street, Collingwood
03 9416 3335
Brooklyn meets Smith Street at Panama Dining Room. The New York–inspired loft space is home to a Euro-inspired menu and a detailed drinks list. Order a cocktail and a share plate and get comfortable; you’re bound to be here for a while.
Level 3, 231 Smith Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9417 7663
Old school arcade games, boozy milkshakes and bubble cups – there’s no doubting Pixel Alley is one of Collingwood’s best bars. Slurp on a Banana Flipper while taking on your mates in Mortal Kombat, or throw down a Bia Hanoi while engaging in a Street Fighter tournament; the hours will fly by.
95 Smith Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9416 0079
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