Drinking in History

The Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar/Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café revisit and repurpose downtown Saginaw’s past.

The Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar/Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café revisit and repurpose downtown Saginaw’s past.

The Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar/Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café are bringing new life to a historic downtown Saginaw location.

The Bancroft House, located on the corner of Washington Avenue and Genesee Street, was built in 1858 by Jesse Hoyt and served as the anchoring structure around which the East Side of Saginaw developed. The building was eventually razed and rebuilt as a Chicago School-style hotel in 1915, and provided an indication to the city that even though the lumber industry was over, Saginaw was not.

Now, the Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar/Bancroft Coffee & Tea Café are indicators of a new era being ushered into Saginaw’s downtown. They also echo the past, a time when cocktails and coffees were not just drinks, but opportunities to gather with friends and rekindle relationships.

The bar and café opened last fall, with the simple mission to bring the Great Lakes Bay Region the highest quality wine, cocktails, teas, and coffee available. All are served in a beautiful and historic setting, featuring warm brick walls and rich wooden tables and bars.

The Bancroft serves more than 150 different bottles of wine and has over 15 specialty cocktails and martinis at any given time, and the coffee house serves only the finest fair trade coffees and teas.

The establishments serve up small plate appetizers and breakfast and lunch sandwiches. And anything on the menu is available at either establishment as long as the kitchen is open. Some popular choices are the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich, which features seasoned chicken breast, pine nut pesto, and fresh tomato topped with basil and melted white cheddar on a Philly roll, or the Baked Brie. Also served is a selection of flatbreads, cheese boards, salads, and desserts.   

The Wine & Martini Bar features live acoustic music every Wednesday and live jazz every Sunday. Other weekly events include Martini Mondays and Ladies Night on Tuesdays.

Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar/Coffee & Tea Café, 101 S Washington Ave and 107 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-0011, www.bancroftwinebar.com and www.bancroftcoffee.com. Hours: Coffee: Sunday – Thursday (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Wine Bar: Sunday – Thursday (4 – 11 p.m.) and Friday – Saturday (4 p.m. – 2 a.m.).

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