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Andrew to reopen city's only gay bar

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: October 29, 2008

Christopher's bar in Newland, Lincoln, is to reopen

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Lincoln's only gay bar is to reopen this week – following the disappearance of the previous landlords.

Christopher's bar in Newland closed its doors in mysterious circumstances when the two licensees left earlier this month.

But a new manager has now been found.

Andrew Dickinson (29) will open the bar at 8pm on Friday with a Hallowe'en event.

Although he has a long background in pubs and restaurants, he admits he is not sure how things will go at Christopher's.

But he is confident the business will be a success and will bring in all kinds of customers from across the community.

"It will be good for the community and for Lincoln as well," he said.

"It's a new start at the moment.

"I don't know what it will be like – we are coming in blind a little bit."

His aim is to introduce food and more live music at the venue. It will not need a facelift as it underwent a major refurbishment this year.

The venue's owner Admiral Taverns says Mr Dickinson has the background to make the bar a success.

Brewery area manager Mark Lonsdale said: "It's a great opportunity for him. He is going to maintain it as a gay-friendly bar."

For more on the opening of Christopher's, see Wednesday's Lincolnshire Echo

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  • 1Philnews  |  February 09 2012, 1:13PM

    Having only been their the once (10th December 2011)I will never return. The toilets were disgusting the staff rude and charging varied prices for the same drinks. If the Manager perhaps did his job and "MANAGED" his staff then perhaps my first impression may have been a better one. The door men were less that polite to the GAY community. The court yard was ankle deep in discarded cigarette butts, over flowing ash trays and filthy seating for paying guests. In all my years of going to new venues, this was by far the worst experience. Sorry but I have an opinion of my opinion offends or provokes a change in the way a commercial business runs, then so be it ,after all I am a paying customer. Let's just hope that things improve!!

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  • maverick200  |  October 02 2011, 6:02PM

    i went this saturday night it cost £3 to get in at 830 pm complete rip off and the toilets stink and have loads of flys in there. the drinks are very expensive too. and the bar staff are a bit thick!

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    Sitting down reading rants, Lincoln  |  February 22 2009, 1:56AM

    I think some of the people on here should really read what they've written and think hard! At the end of the day we are all human beings. It's just that we all have different preferences. They're people on here who think that gay people are exactly the stereotypes they're thought up to be . I'm gay and I cannot stand a man who acts like he's a complete woman. It's things like that that make us look bad. Sure, I don't mind drag acts. It's a profession and a paid job but I have considered doing it just ONCE for a bit of fun. We deserve a place where we can communicate with other people like us because for some strange reason, the large population of the heterosexual world blocks us off. We might be disgusting, filthy and dirty creatures, call us what you will, but we still know how to love and respect. People do not realise how hard it is for a gay man to come out the closet. Straight people don't get half as much aggrovation as we do and it's not fair. The thing that really gets me though is that a straight man can happily fawn over two lesbians together but when it comes to gay men, it is a completely different story. Of course a straight man won't lust after another, but we get shut off all the same. What's different?

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    lucy lipgloss lover, lincoln  |  January 07 2009, 4:57PM

    food is returning to christophers and i hear justin is cooking again so all you lot that loved his coleslaw and such he is back! i love christophers xxxx

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    Jerry, Lincoln  |  November 03 2008, 4:17PM

    Its nice to see that Christophers is re-opening. However, as a gay man, I dont feel any more comfortable in there than in a regular pub. I think a lot of the gay bars and club-nights in this area of the country are a little out-dated. There are only so many times you can listen to 'I Will Survive', or hear a drag -queen sing show-tunes. In that sense, Christophers is not progressive at all. It works better as a 'fun-bar', to attract girls on hen-nights etc. There is a nice atmosphere in there - its clique-y, but not *****y. There is nothing intimidating about the place, and I would recommend it for anyone (gay or straight) who is looking for a drink in an expressive, laid-back environment.

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    MINI, LINCOLN  |  October 31 2008, 8:13AM

    Will they not be selling pints in a straight glass then?

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    Annie, Lincoln  |  October 31 2008, 12:07AM

    Eagualiser- Why the attack?, please explain. I'm just voicing an opinion ( without insults)

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    Gay but straight, not shutting that door  |  October 30 2008, 9:49PM

    I am ofeten gay but I am not a homosexual nor a lesbian. What I am trying to say is stop using inapropriate names for being a homosexual or a lesbian please.

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    the eaquliser, eaqualising away...  |  October 30 2008, 9:47PM

    Annie, gosh, it must be so great to be simply so very perfect. You muppet!

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    Homer Phobic, Not in Christophers  |  October 30 2008, 6:53PM

    But doesn't advertising a pub as gay friendly encourage anti gay factions? Surely gay friendly pubs would become well enough known within your network without all this glorification? 99% of people acknowledge gays and have a live and let live attitude until your life choice is forced down our throats (metaphorically speaking)

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