The 17 Best Wine Bars in Los Angeles
There are many spots to grab a drink in Los Angeles, but there’s something about a great wine bar. Whether you’re looking for a glass of classic, Old World-style wines or to venture into the trendy world of orange and skin contact wines, there are a number of places in LA that offer a wonderfully curated wine list. Here are the best wine bars in Los Angeles, from bright and friendly neighborhood bars to the dark and moody date night spots.
8310 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; melaniewinebar.com
2. Bar CovellBar Covell has been one of the city’s go-to wine bars for over a decade, and for good reason. Instead of perusing a wine list, guests at this cozy spot are welcome to chat with the bartender about the flavor profile they’re looking for and the bartender will pour you something that will fit that profile.
4628 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027; barcovell.com
3. AugustineAugustine has one of the largest wine-by-the-glass selections—and not just in the Valley. They pour wines from all over the world (although the list largely focuses on wines from Europe) and there’s a small but solid rotating food menu including larger plates like a Kurobuta pork chop and steak au poivre with frites. To see what makes Augustine even more special, though, check the blackboard for the daily list of the vintage wines they’re offering by the glass—there are not many other places in the city where you can taste wine from 1990 by the glass.
13456 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423; augustinewinebar.com
4. Tabula Rasa
With a chill vibe, this dimly lit, cozy wine bar is a popular spot that makes wine approachable and fun, though it can get pretty crowded and loud on the weekends. There’s usually live music on Sundays so grab some friends and kick back with a glass of skin contact wine. Another reason why we love this place? Tabula Rasa also does Giving Tuesdays, donating a portion of their sales to a different charity every week. The food menu is small, but their Cuban sandwich has its own loyal fans.
5125 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027; tabularasabar.com
868 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014; goodcleanfundtla.com
6. Bar BandiniThe dark and industrial interior of this Echo Park neighborhood bar makes this another popular date night spot (or to end a date night—Bar Bandini stays open until 2 a.m.). The wine bar has a good list of all natural wines, including a few on tap from carbonic wines to orange wines. There’s no kitchen but they do host food trucks or food pop-ups on a regular basis.
2150 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026; barbandini.com
This bright wine bar is the wine bar Santa Monica needed, with relaxed and spacious seating available both indoors and outdoors. The wine list is diverse and there’s a rotating tasting flight on Sundays. Since the wine bar is opened by the Rustic Canyon Family, you’ll find a good farm-to-table food menu as well.
1314 7th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; esterswineshop.com
8. Enoteca 5This Pacific Palisades wine bar comes from the husband-and-wife team behind the adjacent Italian restaurant, Cinque Terre West, so expect an Italian-focused wine list by the glass—though they offer California wines by the bottle. There’s a large selection of charcuterie as well as bar bites from pizzette to cheeseburgers. We’re also big fans of the generous happy hour on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
970 Monument St. #110, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; enotecacinque.com
This husband-and-wife owned wine bar in Glassell Park has a gorgeous patio that’s perfect for chilling with a glass of wine. There’s a pretty extensive wine-by-the-glass selection including orange and chilled wines, and even some vintage wines. It’s worth staying for dinner with dishes like grilled shrimp with togarashi miso butter or housemade pasta—and the food menu helpfully lists the suggested wine pairings for each dish.
3416 Verdugo Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065; wifeandthesomm.com
10. A.O.C.A.O.C. is more than just a wine bar—it’s also one of LA’s best restaurants. But thanks to Suzanne Goin’s small plates menu paired with wine director’s Caroline Styne’s curated wine list, this popular joint has quickly become a pioneering and enduring wine bar. There’s a diverse wine selection including a lot of biodynamic and organic wines to choose from on the list of 50 wines by the glass and over 300 bottles.
8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; aocwinebar.com
11. MelodySet in a charming bungalow in Virgil Village, Melody has become a destination not only for their natural wine selection but also for the rotating food pop-ups they host. There’s always something fun on the wine-by-the-glass list as well as sake, vermouth and wine-based cocktails. Grab a seat in their courtyard and enjoy some of the most exciting food pop-ups in the city, from Mexican-inspired Jewish food to Ukrainian food to Japanese izakaya fare.
751 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029; melodyla.com
9620 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; stanleys.la
Tucked on the outskirts of Chinatown, Oriel’s red neon on the exterior and the dimly lit interior gives it a film noir-esque vibe. With that and the moody music, this doubles as both the place to brood after a breakup or a romantic date night spot, with the French bistro menu featuring favorites like onion soup or moules marinières sure to cheer you up either way. The wine list is also predominantly French, but all different styles and varietals are represented including natural and orange wines.
1135 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; orielchinatown.com
14. LoloA natural wine bar with a small, charming patio, Lolo’s wine by the glass list is short but fun. The key is to come here with someone who’d share a bottle with you, then peruse the bottles displayed inside at the wine shop to enjoy at your table, accompanied by a plate of pasta or steak with chimichurri. If you’re not sure what you want, the staff is always on hand to help select the right bottle.
5140 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027; lolowinebar.com
This natural wine bar was opened by local Echo Park residents as a friendly and casual gathering place for local wine lovers. There’s a short menu of small plates like flatbread and pinchitos (skewers). Tilda focuses on natural wines from California, but they do showcase producers from other parts of the globe.
1507 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026; tildawine.com
16. HolcombThe large natural wine offerings and wine by the glass list that starts at $10 makes Holcomb a popular spot for locals to grab casual drinks. You’ll find plenty of orange or chilled red wine, as well as a few wines on tap here. There are small plates to accompany the wine including a nice cheese and charcuterie selection. Sit inside the sultry bar adorned with floral wallpaper or grab one of the dog-friendly sidewalk tables.
5535 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042; holcombtradingpost.com
447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; wallywine.com/restaurants
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