When you hear the distant rumble of motorcycles, live tunes floating from the DJ decks, happy banter over the pool table and the slosh of drinks being passed across the lively bar, you’ll know you’re in the right place. It seems only fitting if this sounds like your paradise – as you’re at Paradise Alley, the north-side’s newest social sanctuary in the heart of Collingwood.
The site falls between a motorcycle shop that visitors can peer into through oval shaped windows, and a revamped alleyway that forms part of this unpretentious venue. Owner, Laura Twomey, previously of City Wine Shop and French Saloon, is well versed in the demands of Melbourne’s hospitality scene, combining her wealth of experience with her personal passion to create a relaxed environment that welcomes you back like an old friend.
With interiors built from scratch, Paradise Alley maintains its quintessential Collingwood vibe and, importantly, the character of the existing warehouse structure that the venue calls home. Inside, leather couches and armchairs sit in corners lit by vintage lamps and surrounded by luscious potted plants perfect for quiet conversations. Alternatively, head out into the alleyway and take over one of the polished wooden tables that dot the cobbled outdoor area, calling you to settle in for the night amongst the daring murals and eclectic greenery.
The star of the show is of course Paradise Alley’s booze, featuring a range of sherries, ports, wines and both bottled and tap beers to tickle your fancy. The all-star tap beer selection boasts a selection of Australian brews, from Mood Dog Brewery’s Love Tap Larger, Quiet Deeds IPA, Young Henry’s cloudy cider and Cavalier – a brown ale brewed in Melbourne’s very own Brunswick.
The talented and utterly cool bartenders are also more than willing to whip up a cocktail or two, like the Lucy Juice with blanco tequila, grapefruit, amaro and a squeeze of lime to keep things zesty. Pairing beautifully with the top-notch tequila is of course a bite of South American fare by Little Latin Lucy. Owner, Renee Trudeau, has worked closely with Laura to develop a menu of delicious bar nibbles like the barbequed ribs with chocolate chipotle mayo and a selection of arepas, empanadas and tacos to keep you well nourished all night long.
Whatever your paradise may be, it’s more than likely that you’ll find it here. Pop in for a drink, a meal, a chat or simply to soak up the good vibes at Collingwood’s newest oasis.