5 Surprising New Places to Grab a Cocktail That Aren’t a Bar
Aka where you can wear yoga pants while sipping Chardonnay
Maybe you’re a multitasker who likes to get stuff done. And by “get stuff done,” we mean get your nails done and sip on Champagne. Or maybe you just don’t feel like getting dressed up to go to a bar. (Yeah, we don’t really ever take off our athleisure wear either.) Well, thanks to the trend of non-typical stores and shops offering their patrons a drink, we’re in the bubbles. Here, five places to have a drink that don’t involve any sort of scene.
Because shopping carts = stress. Supermarket chains like Ralphs, Gelson's and Pavilions have opened small bars near the front of many of their stores. The DTLA Whole Foods has a sprawling combination gastropub/communal seating area called the Eight Bar up front. It has 30 beers on tap, a dozen wines by the glass and craft cocktails. And best of all? You can go in your yoga pants.
Thank Governor Brown for signing that bill to allow salons to serve a free drink without a liquor license. It’s made our mani-pedis at Côte in Brentwood so much more relaxing. And our blowouts at Drybar are mimosa smooth.
For eight years, Stories Books and Café, a Sunset Boulevard bookshop-sandwich shop, has been an Echo Park hangout. But last year it started selling beer and wine after 5 p.m., which makes it even more like college. (Also, Barnes & Noble started selling wine at its Sacramento County in-store café.)
Coming from Santa Monica to meet a friend in Calabasas? Meet at a Starbucks that serves beer and wine. And practice saying “no whip on that Cabernet” a few times lest you accidentally spit out your go-to mocha order.
At Sundance Sunset Cinema, you can order full bottles of wine and Champagne beginning at cocktail hour. Pair with a small plate and this is truly dinner and a movie. (May we recommend a bottle of creamy Popcorn Chardonnay—its hint of melon goes great with its namesake snack.)