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Stanley’s Wet Goods Is a Boozy New Wonderland in Culver City

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The sleek new shop is the perfect place for a glass of wine

Matthew Kang

Culver City has a delightful new place to buy liquor, wine, craft beer, and enjoy a glass of vino. It’s called Stanley’s Wet Goods, and it opened late last week along Venice Blvd just around the corner from the heart of Downtown Culver City.

The wide space has high ceilings, a massive and gorgeously laid out wine section with a highly curated selection of bottles, both on the shelf, and inside fridges for more immediate enjoyment.

The craft beer section tends to live completely inside another set of refrigerators, with enough selection to please most hop heads. And finally the liquor section, with a wide set of mostly obscure or lesser known bottles sits to the far right. Stanley’s comes from owner John Stanley, who previously worked in aerospace (as well as motorcycle racing).

For years Stanley had been procuring wine and gained interest in wine and spirits as an enthusiast, so the collection really comes from that perspective instead of a wine service professional’s point of view. The name itself is a play on a classic “dry goods,” concept, with the trio of beer, wine, and spirits offered instead of a typical wine shop.

At the bar, imbibers will eventually be able to craft their own wine and beer flights (with five beer taps and four wines on tap), plus a small selection of salty, savory bar bites like chicharrones. On weekends they’ll plan to have food trucks parked outside for anyone looking for a bigger meal, though the place does play with the rest of Downtown Culver City just a short walk away.

Stanley’s Wet Goods is open Sunday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and a later 10 p.m. closure from Thursday to Saturday. The wine bar area will serve from Wednesday to Sunday starting at noon.