Koreatown's having something a moment, what with The Line Hotel reinvigorating the center of Wilshire Blvd and small boutique spots like Saint Martha adding legitimate dining options that don't necessarily involve kimchi. And here now, VINU, an adorable little wine bar on the second floor of the Solair building on Wilshire and Western, steps from the historic Wiltern Theatre.
Opened last week by Sophia Wang, who cooked at Upstairs 2 in West LA, The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, and Fickle in Little Tokyo (before it closed), VINU has a kind of approachable, every day vibe with an inventive menu of small plates and other wine-friendly dishes.
A weekday happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. boasts deals like $1 oysters, bone marrow, Asian chicken wings, and ribeye sliders. Also, cheese, charcuterie, and some more familiar comfort creations like octopus and potatoes, or crispy pork belly with Korean chili sauce. Check the full menu below, but VINU promises to be that low key spot for a second date, or perhaps a friendly after-work hang out. Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
3785 Wilshire blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010