Forester's Pub and Dining

Bars, Craft beer Collingwood
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 (Photograph: Kerry McBride)
Photograph: Kerry McBride
 (Photograph: Kerry McBride)
Photograph: Kerry McBride
 (Photograph: Kerry McBride)
Photograph: Kerry McBride
 (Photograph: Kerry McBride)
Photograph: Kerry McBride

Add this craft beer haven to your next Collingwood crawl

Several years ago, the folks from Clifton Hill’s Terminus Hotel transformed a notorious nightclub into a premier craft beer hall. As these pub heroes dusted off the last bits of glitter, they added 50 beer taps, 32 craft brews and a pizza oven – but kept the giant clam shell stage (wouldn’t you?).

Since the overhaul, Forester’s has become a Collingwood favourite. Another recent rejig has seen high tables and stools replaced by booth seating and cosy lounge areas. And while the feel is now more pub dining than beer hall, Forester’s extensive selection of beer hasn’t shortened an inch. Even if you’re not a hardcore hop head, you'll soon learn the way of IPAs, sours and dunkels from the Forester’s crew. They’re on hand to help you choose how light, dark or boozy you want to go. Sample your way through a brilliantly curated list from both international and local breweries, or double down on the fun with a veritable lexicon of spirits.

With the new look comes a new emphasis on high-quality pub food: think premium quality flame grill steaks, southern fried chicken burgers, a classic chicken parma, and of course, their classic pizza crusts that heap on toppings like slow braised lamb, zucchini and cauliflower and roast pumpkin.

The key to having the best time possible here is choosing when to go. Mondays is Collingwood Locals night, Tuesdays you’ll get free beer tasting, Wednesdays there’s live band karaoke upstairs at Woody’s Bar, and Thursdays hosts themed trivia. Live music happens Friday and Saturday nights, with DJs rocking from 11pm to 4am. Sunday is all about the comfort food and chilled tunes.

By: Rebecca Russo


Venue name: Forester's Pub and Dining
Address: 64 Smith St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am; Sun noon-2am

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  • Pubs Monday May 15 2017
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