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Chinatown’s Sleek New Wine Bar Is a Dimly Lit Date Night Contender

LA Wine opens inside Blossom Plaza

LA Wine
Neil Favila
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Downtown restaurateur David DeLuca is spreading his wings to Chinatown, quietly opening a cozy new wine bar called LA Wine last weekend.

The simply-named spot began serving for locals and friends on Friday night, but reps for the bar say the grand opening isn’t until tomorrow evening. The project is located inside Blossom Plaza, the big new mixed-use development that dropped on Broadway back in 2016, offering great access to the Gold Line and rents starting around $2,00 a month and up. There are big future plans for the property beyond LA Wine as well, including a food hall called Pot Luck that will serve everything from burgers to mochi and shaved ice to Shrimp Daddy, the Instagram-famous fruit and seafood combo made popular at Smorgasburg in Downtown.

DeLuca, who also oversees popular Downtown’s Ham & Eggs, is running a tight ship in Chinatown, offering bottles as low as $28 and beers in the $6-$8 range. There will also be takeaway bottles available for purchase, and some light meat and cheese snacking for those sticking around. As for the Patrick Bernatz-designed space, look for mostly bar stools around the wide wooden bar, plus some low two-top tables at the edges of the compact room. The opening drink menu is below.

LA Wine officially opens to the world tomorrow, keeping hours from 5 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, with an extension to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

LA Wine. 900 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA.

Inside LA Wine
The wide bar