Built in 1854, Melbourne City’s second oldest pub takes its name after an English lighthouse keeper’s daughter who was known for her rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire vessel, back in 1838. The venue, located in the heart of Collingwood, has goine by many names and been the backdrop to historical events such as when the cellar once housed the founding members of the Collingwood Football Club when they formed in 1892. Its latest reincarnation is The Grace Darling Hotel, a popular bar for North Siders and lovers of Smith Street. The Grace Darling’s private functions and events are held in the basement cellar or upstairs band room, one of the most versatile function venues in Melbourne! Offering a range of beverage packages and canape platters, and with full music capabilities, each event can be individually tailored to ensure your celebration or corporate function is memorable and exceptionally executed.


The candlelit cellar provides a shadowy and rustic atmosphere suited to any event whether it is an intimate sit down meal, or standing cocktails and canapés. The cellar’s independent bar and sound system allows this totally private dining space to be transformed into your own exclusive wonderland for up to 50 seated guests or 80 standing.


The recently renovated band room plays host to some of Melbourne’s legendary local musical acts every week. Equipped with state of the art PA system and a raised focal stage, the first floor space provides the perfect platform for corporate presentations, party speeches and even nuptial vows. Featuring three separate function areas, two fireplaces, and its own private bar, the floor can be moulded to be both cosy or generously accommodating for up to 100 seated guests, or over 180 standing. We have hosted a wide range of events that have made us truly adaptable…from sit down dinner parties for 10 or 100 people, cocktail parties, weddings, product launches, corporate events and almost every other event imaginable. Our professional function team can create the perfect food and beverage package to suit your needs and can tailor your event to your specific requirements and host an event to remember.

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