Bar Covell might already be one of the best wine bars in Los Angeles, but this holy new production called Augustine in Sherman Oaks will look to replicate, and even expand on that success when it opens February 18. Partners Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner have teamed up with Dave Gibbs to produce a wine-centric bar that'll appeal to both geeks and novices.
Built in a 1941 building, the place was originally a radio repair shop, hence all the old-time vintage radio, old lighting fixtures, and even a 1912 piano set up to play tunes. Starting with 75 wines by the glass, it's easily one of the most varied places to sip on fancy grape juice in the city, the prices from $10 to $100 for a serving.
Bottles range from $100 to up to $1000. Why so high? Well selections might include a rare 1934 Chateau Margaux to even 1874 Chateau Lafite (you read that right). But then again, there's also local Tyler pinot noir from Santa Barbara or even cool craft beers for someone who's not trying to break the bank.
In the kitchen, Evan Algorri (Union Square Cafe, Bouley, NYC) is preparing wine-friendly bites like braised octopus and root vege caesar salad.
Hours run daily from 5 p.m. to midnight.
13456 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA