Our story

Smithward is our intimate, 17 seat, Collingwood wine bar at the southern end of Smith Street.

Since opening in late 2015, we’ve loved bringing our dream of a small, European-inspired neighbourhood bar to life.

Our exclusively Victorian wine list features undiscovered gems, and is complemented by a menu of grilled Raclette cheese, as well as a hand-picked selection of cheese, charcuterie and specials served with house made sourdough bread and condiments.

We look forward to welcoming you to Smithward soon.

– Graham & Georgina


Online ordering and pick-up only – click here


Beat the midweek hump with our weekly Wednesday night special of a seasonal dish plus a glass of matched wine for $15.

Follow us on instagram and facebook for news of our latest Wednesday special.


Rac’n’Mac night!

How do you improve on perfection? By adding more cheese of course. First we create a scrumptious baked mac’n’cheese, then we turn it up to 11 by adding a layer of our molten, golden grilled Raclette. Available Thursdays only, $23, book your place.

Rac’n’Mac available every Thursday, classic Raclette (on potatoes, cornichon pickles & sourdough) available every night!


We make regular road trips to all corners of the state to source undiscovered gems for Smithward’s unique, exclusively Victorian wine list.

We buy direct from the wineries and have met the makers of each wine, as well as some of their dogs, sheep and kids! From Beechworth to the Bellarine, Gippsland to the Grampians, we love sharing the stories and passion of our local winemakers.

Our wine list changes weekly (sometimes daily), follow us on instagram and facebook for news of our new pours.

Here’s an example of our typical wine-by-the-glass and drinks list:

Dry Flor Apera fino sherry Chambers, Rutherglen 8
Sweet Amber oloroso sherry Chambers, Rutherglen 11
Vermouth Dry/Sweet Maidenii, Central Vic 10
Prosecco Box Grove, Nagambie Lakes 13
Pet Nat Shiraz rosé Spence, Geelong 15
Riesling 2010 Bowmans Run, Beechworth 13.5
Garganega 2016 Mt Towrong, Macedon Ranges 13
Chardonnay 2017 Calyx, Strathbogie 15
Rosé 2016 Equus, Vic Pyrenees 13
Pinot Gris *skins* 2016 Bass River. Sth. Gippsland 13.5
Grenache Nouveau 2017 Lt. Brunswick, Rutherglen 14.5
Cabernet Franc 2018 Blood Moon, Sunbury 13
Syrah 2014 Nicholson River, East Gippsland 15
Ask us about more wines available by the bottle
Beer IPA, Wolf Of The Willows, Melbourne (390ml) 11
Portonic – Portuguese white port & tonic 12
Gin & Tonic 16
Campari Spritz 16
Negroni / Boulevardier 18/19
Gin Martini – Reed & Co. Remedy gin, Maidenii 19
Whisky – Starward 12
Sparkling Mineral Water (250ml) 4
House-made passionfruit & ginger soda 6


Online ordering and pick-up only – click here

Try our speciality of grilled-to-order Raclette cheese melted over steaming hot potatoes (available every night and as Rac’n’Mac on Thursdays), as well as a hand-picked selection of cheese and charcuterie served with Graham’s own sourdough bread, made daily.

In the spirit of European small bars, we offer an ever-changing menu, made behind the bar in true Spanish style.

Kitchen open until one hour before close.

Join us for our Wednesday night special, a seasonal dish and glass of matched wine for $15.

Every Thursday, it’s Rac’n’Mac night – baked macaroni cheese topped with grilled Raclette, $21.

Follow us on instagram and facebook for our latest menu additions.

Here is a sample
menu of what to expect, our menu changes daily:


Warm olives • Smithward sourdough  6
Gilda (2) – spanish white anchovies • guindilla • olives  8
Anchoa Atocha – spanish white anchovies • potato crisps  8
Baked mussels • ‘snail’ butter • house sourdough  11
Chicken liver pâté • pickled fennel • house lavosh  16
Grilled Raclette cheese • boiled potatoes • cornichons • Smithward sourdough  21
Tunworth (cow, Hampshire UK) • honey pickled pear  16
Fort aged comté (cow, Jura France) • plum & vermouth  15
Venus Blue (ewe, Gippsland) • fig & white port  15
3x 33
Noix de Jambon ‘little french ham’ • preserved peach  15
Smoked wild rabbit mortadella • pickled cauliflower  14
Salami, pimenton, chilli • fermented romesco  14
3x 33
Cheese & charcuterie served with freshly baked Smithward sourdough and accompaniments
Plus rotating seasonal dishes including…
Tortilla de patatas
Saltcod croquetas
Parisienne gnocchi • greens • stilton sauce
Five-hour french onion soup • crouton • raclette
Trout & mussel pie
Pork & fennel sausage en croute • house puff pastry
Triple cheese, double baked soufflé
Albondigas – spicy spanish meatballs


The service is twinkly-eyed and engaging… theres Raclette melted to order, cheese oozed directly from the wheel onto boiled spuds with tart cornichons

A little slice of Europe here in Collingwood, Smithward is a class act…

Herald Sun Sunday Style

Graham Hill and Georgina Russell have turned the space into an intimate wine bar, and in doing so, have created a little portal between Collingwood and Paris

At this simple and sublime little Smith Street wine bar that’s modelled on the neighbourhood bars you find on every corner in continental Europe, Raclette makes for a best friend to the interesting wines that are on the pour

Collingwood’s Smithward is modelled on the wine bars of Paris and Madrid, with its marble tables, intimate atmosphere and focus on cheese and charcuterie


We’re currently closed to dine-in customers due to the existing situation. We are offering an online ordering and pick-up service – click here.

Reservations are not required – you’re always welcome on a walk-in basis – but as we’re a small venue and often at capacity, if you’d like to guarantee a spot for a specific time please email us with your desired date, preferred time and number of people (4 or less). In the current situation we ask you to be flexible with your preferred booking time:


Reservations will be confirmed by return email. Bookings will be held for 15 minutes on the night, if you’re running late please email us to hold your seats.

Please be aware we have a very limited number of tables and much of our seating is on barstools.

As we’re a very small venue, the current regulations limit our total capacity. To allow for social distancing we are closely managing seating. The largest group we can currently accommodate is four people.

Our petit size also means we are unable to accept strollers/pushers or younger visitors.


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Work with us

We encourage committed, experienced staff to apply to join the small team behind our intimate Collingwood wine bar.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • At least two years of relevant wine bar experience
  • Strong wine knowledge and a desire to continue building on that knowledge – we’ll provide training to familiarise you with our specialised wine list
  • Basic food handling
  • Available to work agreed afternoon / evening shifts Wednesdays through Sundays
  • Demonstrated care and attention to detail
  • Polite, responsible and respectful to customers and colleagues
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Current Victoria RSA certificate

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

We can offer:

  • Involvement with a growing business including future opportunities for professional development and promotion
  • Opportunities to broaden your knowledge of food and wine
  • A positive work environment
  • A roster that promotes work/life balance (we’re open five nights a week and close at 11pm)
  • No split shifts
  • Above Award remuneration

Apply here