Bottega Wine Bar Debuts in Coconut Creek

"Making wine accessible to everyone," not just wine geeks, cork dorks and conny-sewers, is the goal of Coconut Creek's new Bottega Wine Bar (4455 Lyons Rd., 954-969-1744), says co-owner Simon Bai. 

Along with partner Faron Shiem, Bai has created a space that's as much a "nice environment to enjoy yourself" as it is about enjoying the fruits of the winemaker's art. Not that there's any shortage of good wine to drink. Bottega features more than 100 different labels from wineries all over the world, some 45 of them served by the glass, with prices beginning at $4. 

And they're relaxed about it too. If you want to taste something to see if you'll like it, there's no charge, though Bai said he will begin assembling wine flights due to heavy customer request. Regular wine tastings are every Thursday at 7 p.m.  

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Oh, and there's lots of beer too, about 25 craft brewskis with another 25 or so on the way as soon as a new cooler comes in. A small tapas menu is also offered, mosting finger food like cheeses, hummus and. . . cupcakes. 

As for the space itself, there's room for 60 both indoors and out, plus a lounge and a rotating collection of art on display. Painted roughly the color of Cabernet Sauvignon, the design is dominated by twin 20-by-6-foot wine racks flanking the bar. 

And one more thing: live music every night, everything from classic rock 'n' roll and reggae to jazz and Latin fusion.

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