First Look: New Lincoln wine bar to open after £50k investment

Wine enthusiasts will be flocking to a new Lincoln wine bar, when it opens its doors Wednesday, September 23, after an investment of over £50,000.

Co-owners, Jo and Paul Bycroft, have set up Optimist Wine Bar on West Parade, formerly the Bronze Pig restaurant.

The couple previously owned The Bowl Full Tapas Bar on West Parade for 11 years but wanted a change of pace, and have created three new job opportunities.

Jo said: “Lincoln doesn’t have a proper wine bar and I always wanted one. We always seek out wine bars and independent places whenever we go anywhere else and Lincoln didn’t have that.”

The venue seats around 30 customers with table service to be able to relax with friends and enjoy some wine and home made nibbles.

The bar opens 4pm until midnight Wednesday to Friday and 12 noon until midnight on Saturdays.

“I’m 45 and I’m catering for the people like me who want to be able to go out and who don’t want to be surrounded by a load of young people and loud blaring music. It’s that high end level where you can sit down and get looked after at your table,” Jo added.

“We are having cheeses from The Cheese Society, which will change monthly. We will roast our own hams and slice that up with our own homemade piccalilli. We are also making all of our own bread. It’s sociable food.

“We’ve got static wines on the list including 10 whites, 10 reds, five fizz and three rose.

“Then we have a lot of specials that we’ll be having as well. We are looking to change the specials every week and we will have wines from all over the world from £15 a bottle to £40/50 a bottle, which people can come and have a taste to see what they think.

“I’m really looking forward to Lincoln people having an independent wine bar where they can come along and experience something totally different to what they have had before.”