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New: Gather for Good Food, Wine, & Company at Symposium Wine Bar in the Village of Lancaster

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on September 28, 2022
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo

Lancaster is a pretty prosperous suburb. So, it’s a bit surprising that the village hasn’t seen the kind of hospitality development that you can find in places like East Aurora, Orchard Park or Hamburg.

But that’s been changing recently, and one of the newest additions to the bar and restaurant options in Lancaster is Symposium Wine Bar, part of the $12 million Village Square project that is revitalizing the sleepy village.

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Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo

“I can say definitively that this growth is a long time coming,” says co-owner Katie McKenna-Heveron. “I’ve only lived in the town for six years, but I’ve listened to our customers who have lived in Lancaster for a long time. They have told us that this is a long time coming. Almost every day I hear someone say, this is just what Lancaster needed.”

As the name indicates, Symposium is meant to be a place for meeting and discussion first, wine second. If you’re not up on the latest and greatest in wine, there’s no need to worry. That said, someone who knows their wine will find a liking to it there. McKenna-Heveron is a DIY winemaker and certified expert.

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Symposium Wine Bar / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar

“We’re here to serve good wine, to enjoy each other’s company and to eat good food. That’s really it,” says McKenna-Heveron. “There are no other motives. If someone wants to come in to talk about wine production and different varietals, we’re more than happy to have that conversation, but a lot of guests want to come in and just drink good wine and have fun. I feel like we’re here for everyone.”

The wine bar also has a seasonal menu of small plates that pair well with wine. A Mediterranean snack plate features toasted flatbreads, hummus, roasted tomatoes and herbed olives. A cheese board features cheddar, fontina, smoked gouda and seasonal cheese. Flatbread pizza options include Margherita and pear-and-prosciutto.

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Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar

In addition to wine and small plates, Symposium also offers craft beer and cocktails. There’s also a line of non-alcoholic mocktails from Curious Elixirs that are meant to welcome both the sober and sober-curious, McKenna-Heveron said.

More than wine, more than food or alcohol — Symposium is all about creating a welcoming space. The décor is modern with subtle touches of French elegance. Pear-green banquette seating is along one wall and cushioned soft-back chairs line the bar. Flowers, subtle design touches and soft lighting give the space a slightly feminine feel.

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Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar
Symposium Wine Bar / Photo courtesy of Symposium Wine Bar

“The wine industry and bar industry, in general, are very male-dominated,” McKenna-Heveron says, explaining the vibe she’s trying to cultivate at Symposium. “We definitely wanted to create a space where everyone feels comfortable, especially when it comes to people with different levels of wine knowledge. But we also wanted to create a space that’s female-friendly.”

Hours at time of publishing (Subject to change): Wednesday and Thursday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday and Tuesday CLOSED

Symposium Wine Bar

19 W Main St Suite 400, Lancaster, NY 14086 • $$

Small Plates

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/brett-smith/" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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