Our story

Smithward is our cosy 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



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, book your place.


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 (100ml) 8
Sweet Amber oloroso sherry Chambers, Rutherglen (100ml) 11
Vermouth Dry/Sweet Maidenii, Central Vic (60ml) 10
Prosecco NV Francesco, King Valley (150ml) 13
Pet Nat Shiraz rosé Spence, Geelong (150ml) 15
Riesling 2010 Bowmans Run, Beechworth 13.5
Garganega 2016 Mt Towrong, Macedon Ranges 13
Chardonnay 2015 Mount Coghill, Ballarat 15
Rosé 2016 Gilgraves/Boomtown, Heathcote 13
Skin contact Pinot Gris 2016 Bass River. Sth. Gippsland 13.5
Grenache Nouveau 2017 Lt. Brunswick, Rutherglen 14.5
Nebbiolo 2014 Mountainside, Grampians 12
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 – Four Pillars Gin 16
Campari Spritz 16
Negroni / Boulevardier – Four Pillars/Starward, Maidenii 18/19
Gin Martini – Four Pillars, Maidenii 19
Whisky – Starward 12
Sparkling Mineral Water (250ml) 4
House-made passionfruit & ginger soda 6


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.

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.

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

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


Warm Olives & Smithward sourdough 6
Gilda – spanish white anchovies, peppers, olives 8
Anchoa Atocha – spanish white anchovies, potato crisps 8
Pickled mussel escabeche, smoked paprika, sourdough 16
Chicken liver pâté, house pickles & sourdough 16
Grilled Raclette cheese, potatoes, cornichons, sourdough 17
Tunworth (cow, UK) 16
Fort aged comté (cow, France) 14
Venus Blue (ewe, Gippsland) 15
3x 33
Prosciutto, free range heritage breed 14
Smoked wild rabbit mortadella, pistachios 14
Saucisson, French-style dry cured pork, peppercorn 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, gruyere, fresh peas
Five-hour french onion soup, raclette
Baked mussels, tarragon butter
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

Collingwood seems to be exploding with good food, including this cosy lil wine bar

Smithward is, quite simply, a wonderful place to enjoy wine. We cannot wait to return

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

This classically inspired European wine bar offers a stunning range of wines, delicious bar food to match & service that is outstanding

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

Smithward reminds me of a little neighbourhood bar you would find in the streets of Spain…


Reservations are not required – you’re always welcome on a walk-in basis, but if you’d like to make a booking for a specific time or for a small group please email us.

As we’re a very small venue we can only accommodate groups of up to approximately 6 people during usual trading hours, however Smithward is also available for exclusive venue bookings outside of those times. We’re perfect for smaller groups functions. Please email us for more details.


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Contact us

48 Smith Street
Collingwood 3066
No telephone
86 tram, cnr Smith & Gertrude Street
109 & 11 trams, cnr Smith Street & Victoria Parade
Wednesday–Friday 5–11pm
Saturday 3–11pm
Sunday 3–9pm

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 one year of 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, permanent residents or hold an appropriate work visa.

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

To apply please submit your CV and a brief cover letter via email: