This bar is the city’s second oldest pub. It takes its name after an English lighthouse keeper’s daughter who rescued survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838. This landmark, nestled in the heart of Collingwood has undergone many reincarnations, with the cellar once housing the founding members of the Collingwood Football Club when they formed in 1892, and its latest rebirth being The Grace Darling Hotel, a popular bar for North Siders and lovers of Smith Street. In an ode to the building’s namesake, the bar’s modern interior is tastefully festooned with ships and seascapes, while the original floorboards and leadlight windows remain the sole old world remnants of the buildings bygone self. Unless you also consider the ghosts… Venturing through the front entrance, the open candlelit bar immediately welcomes patrons as the central focal point of the downstairs public bar. Boasting 12 locally crafted draught brews, a refined whisky & seasonal cocktail selection, and an exclusively Victorian boutique wine list, the carefully selected beverages emphasise quality, offering a drop to match every mood. Beyond the bar lies a cosy den covered in gilded galleon-themed wallpaper, where worn chesterfields surrounding open fireplaces and large communal tables provide both intimate nooks and casual group ambience. On balmy afternoons, the daily happy hour from 4-7PM makes the sidewalk beer garden prime people-watching real estate, and local DJs on Friday and Saturday nights transform the atmosphere into a heaving melting pot of suits, musicians and local characters alike. The restaurant delivers a sophisticated interpretation of classic pub food with rotating seasonal specials and the concise selection of wine, beer and spirits available from the bar, like the menu, highlights local merchants of fine produce. The public bar and sidewalk beer garden continues to house a diversity of mingling locals, artists and professionals, offering comfort and privacy for both intimate encounters and group gatherings, while the band room has transformed into a mainstay on the local live music circuit producing a roster of emerging acts.

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