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What if you could find a place to enjoy a casual snack and fun conversation all the while sipping a wine you just discovered? 

No, lazybones, we’re not talking about stopping at Whole Foods before heading home to your couch. We’re talking about visiting a new trio of wine bars, where friendly oenophile owners will guide you to great selections without a trace of wine snobbery.

Here’s what to expect at three new wine spots.

This Santa Monica temple to vino is beautiful--housed in a 1937 Art Deco space with an Austrian crystal chandelier--and it’s got a prestigious provenance (the wine list and menu are from the same people behind cult hit Rustic Canyon). Enjoy any of the 250 (mostly French) bottles on site, with a $15 corkage fee, as you snack on chicken-liver terrine in a jar or a charcuterie plate.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar, 1314 Seventh St., Santa Monica; 310-899-6900 or

Helen’s Wines

Helen?s Wines
Nestled in the back of the always-crowded upscale pizza sensation Jon & Vinny?s, this boutique wineshop features bottles curated by Helen Johannesen, the director of operations for some of L.A.?s hottest restaurants (Animal, Trois Mec). Browse the bottles displayed in handsome blond cubbies, before selecting Johannesen?s favorite Sancerre rosé ($27) to enjoy with the restaurant?s gem lettuce and Calabrian chili dressing salad ($14). Take home a bottle or, if you live within six miles, just order your bottles online, for delivery until 10 p.m. You know, in case your couch really beckons.

Helen?s Wines, 412 N. Fairfax Ave.; 310-890-8256 or

Helen’s Wines

Bar Bandini
Echo Park’s quirky eateries get an upgrade with the about-to-open Bar Bandini. Details are being closely held, but we do know the rustic industrial space, complete with ultrasuede banquettes, will sell wine to carry out as well as imbibe on the indoor-outdoor premises. Watch the Instagram account to be first in the expected throng.

Bar Bandini, 2150 Sunset Blvd.;

Bar Bandini

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