Welcome to Runner Up, the rooftop bar and caretaker’s residence hybrid in the heart of Collingwood. The unique space offers 270-degree views of the surrounds, with laminate tables, bright-orange vinyl chairs and dreamy cloud-covered walls.
The Mediterranean theme is perfect for a relaxed night out with friends – cumquat trees and fig trees are scattered around the space, providing natural shade on those hot summer days. Soak up the sun on our open-air courtyard and enjoy a cold drink in our funky atmosphere.
There are minimalist and clean spaces run by well-established artists, as well as a regular rotation of DJs that make good use of two vintage Japanese speakers either side of the bar.
They have an Italian-inspired cocktail menu with top shelf Australian spirits. The Spritz Lexia has mandarin liqueur and the Australiano features Okar bitters, Americano cocktail, Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water.
While they offer all the usual suspects when it comes to drinks (amari, craft beers, natural wines), they also have a focus on Australian and Italian producers, which means you can try something new and exciting. And if you’re not feeling adventurous? No problem – they’ve got something for everyone on their $9 list of tap wine, beer and bubbles.
The venue has been refurbished from its former life as the caretakers’ cottage at Collingwood Tafe, where original floorboards, windows and brickwork remain from the building’s history.
Owners have leaned into this history by installing custom-made laminate tables featuring primary-coloured geometric prints, velvet curtains and dreamy cloud covered walls. The atmosphere is perfect for catching up with mates over drinks or taking your date on an unforgettable night out without having to leave town!