Bottoms up, a new wine bar proposed to open on Pakington Street

Bottoms up, a new wine bar proposed to open on Pakington Street

Closed restaurant Zigfrids intend to turn their space into a wine bar.

In recent years, we got some truly epic wine bars added to the Geelong scene. From Geelong Cellar Door and Union Street Wine in the CBD, to Archive Wine Bar in Belmont and Union Cellars on Minerva Road, we’re truly spoiled for choice.

And now, if all goes to plan, we could be getting a beautiful wine bar on Pakington Street, where you can sit, cradle a Pinot, and act like you have your life together.

Zigfrids, a once prime dinner date destination, have revealed plans for a reinvention of its business, following its closure back in February this year, after having been forced to close its doors on three separate occasions over the past 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions placed on hospitality venues.

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Under the plans submitted to the City of Greater Geelong, the Pakington Street venue revealed an intent to transform the space into a wine bar.

With the changes, the venue will continue to serve food, including tapas and bites, as well as selling alcohol for consumption both on and off the premises – just as all good wine bars do!
Under the proposal, Zigfrids seeks to increase operating hours, while maintaining the same capacity of 120 patrons.

Pairing a moody, low-lit rustic interior with an equally alluring menu and knowledgable, welcoming staff, Zigfrids was somewhat of a hidden gem since opening in February 2014 in an old panel beater building.

Owned by Richard and Donna Flanders, who also run Beav’s Bar and sister restaurant The Aborist, Zigfrids has blossomed over the years with much credit being handed to Head Chef James White and we’re betting this wine bar will take it to that very next level.

The council was due to make a decision on the application from this week.

A wine bar that’s open late and has a top-notch finger food – what more could you want? We have everything crossed.

Until then, you can visit Zigfrid’s sister restaurant The Aborist here.

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