Now Open: Dingo’s

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Dingo’s bar is a place where Savoys and cheese cubes are totally valid canapes…

Where spent Melbourne Bitter tinnies double as vases…

Where the ubiquitous Bill-Murray-drinking-whisky poster has been exchanged for a propoganda portrait of good old Gough Whitlam…

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As much as the new Collingwood bar wholeheartedly embraces cultural cringe, they embrace all Australians (well, maybe not the teetotalers somuch). The ironic bogan-alia of the fit-out hides a subversive undercurrent of subtle inclusiveness. They opened with a traditional Welcome to Country by a local elder, the Aussie meat pies are actually vegetarian (you’d never guess) and there are nostalgic touch-points in the decor ranging from the 1960s to today. The space is not so frenetically decorated as to distract from serious cocktails and a good time though. Mixed drinks are inspired by Eucalyptus trees, classics from the biscuit tin and Alf Stewart. There are a selection of longneck beers if cocktails aren’t your thing; Dingo’s draws the line at serving goon however.

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One minor note is that we’d love to see an all-Australian spirits line-up (or near enough) at Dingo’s one day. Until then, the unholy yet delicious union of Passiona and Passion Pop on their cocktail list will keep us sated.

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Have a cracker (both types) at Dingo’s at 310 Smith Street, Collingwood. Photography by Giulia Morlando / Milk Bottle Projects

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1 comment

  1. Dingo’s is the best spot in Melbourne for a cocktail/beer with mates. For those of us who grew up on the Northside inner suburbs, it’s part of Smith St history – just ask Zack at the bar.

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