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The Ruby Fruit in Silver Lake.
Jesse Saler

16 Fantastic Wine Bars to Sip, Swirl, and Savor in Los Angeles

Sit back, relax, and let these wine bars do the rest

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The Ruby Fruit in Silver Lake.
| Jesse Saler

Though Sonoma and Napa receive most of the Golden State’s attention for wines, the Central Southern Counties also deserve equal attention. When it comes to wine bars, Los Angeles has a plethora of options where wine lovers can order a glass or bottle recommended by experts well-versed in new and rare varietals, as well as the most talked-about natural wines and pét-nats.

There’s even been a more recent shift with LA’s wine bars becoming less snobby and accessible. Securing an excellent bottle from a vineyard only 100 miles north of LA is possible at shops throughout the Southland, along with tastings guided by staff that are passionate about winemakers, or providing an ideal experience under dim lights or a casual patio. Here now are 16 essential wine bars in Los Angeles.

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Stanley's Wet Goods

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The best way to keep on top of the events at Stanley’s Wet Goods is to follow its Instagram page. Tastings are a regular part of the day-to-day operations, along with inviting producers from wine regions like Sonoma or Spain. Order the charcuterie or meatballs and nab one of the indoor or outdoor seats offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Melanie Wine Bar

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West Third Street’s low-light wine bar from David Gibbs (Mirabelle, Sushi Note, Augustine) offers easy French and Italian fare to go along with terrific wines by the glass. When the evening hours start and the room is full, Melanie could be mistaken for a Parisian bar where the mostly local crowd samples red Morgon from Domaine Bulliat or a sparkling Crémant de Jura from Domaine Rolet to go with salt spring mussels or charred Spanish octopus.

A long, narrow room with a wine bar at the end and wood seating.
Melanie Wine Bar in Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

A bistro’s nature is unfussy and easy, and Marvin is a shining example with charcuterie, oysters, steak frites, and duck breast while remaining loyal to French and Italian wines.

Adams Wine shop & Wine bar

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In 2020, Alta Adams opened its wine shop right next to its popular West Adams restaurant. The curated bottle selection by Alta’s former sommelier Reuben Morancy (R.I.P.) places extra emphasis on African-American and women winemakers.

1010 Wine and Events

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Sister-owners Leslie and LeAnn Jones launched Inglewood’s first wine bar to keep residents from leaving to sample wines and hang out. There’s far more than just wine, champagne, and beer with salmon sliders or risotto with Creole-style shrimp. Nearly 90 percent of the wines are from Black-owned operators. Check the calendar and make a reservation via Tock.

Spin The Bottle Wine Studio

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Open since 2013, this cozy wine bar and shop is nestled in Toluca Lake. The owners tend to pour wines mostly from small producers, by including a minimum of 25 wines available by the glass with six choices available on tap.

Stir Crazy

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In early 2023, Stir Crazy flipped from a longtime coffee shop into one of Melrose’s most popular shops with wines focused on sustainability. The new owners even kept the name while developing a casual, shareable menu with marinated tomatoes, crudo, herb-topped anchovies, and larger format plates.

The Ruby Fruit

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It’s been quite a year for Silver Lake’s the Ruby Fruit. It’s consistently packed in the evenings, while busy during daytime hours with natural wines, beers, and light bites that include a scrumptious Danish street-style hot dog.

The bar and standing area at the Ruby Fruit bar in Silver Lake, California.
The Ruby Fruit.
Jesse Saler

Good Clean Fun

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Downtown’s Good Clean Fun is dedicated to natural wines, but this isn’t your typical wine bar. Sippers might find a DJ spinning while locals stop by for the seasonal white pesto rigatoni with mussels, pasta pomodoro, or a three-glass $15 wine flight every Wednesday.

Justine's Wine Bar

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Justine Hernandez’s Frogtown wine bar operates directly behind her plant-based Frogtown bakery Just What I Kneaded. The wine bar is where the baker feels most comfortable as a longtime bartender at the shuttered El Chavo. Wines, wine cocktails, and beers are on the menu, as well as Impossible Meat-filled Moroccan cigars, personal pizzas, and fries with Old Bay Seasoning.

Le Champ

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Inspired by a “dirty crusty wine bar” in Miami, Downtown LA’s Le Champ is quite the vibe with a bubbling fountain, vintage chairs and wrought iron tables, second-hand couches, benches, and a whimsical swing on a spacious outdoor patio. Snackable bites include cheese, charcuterie, raw oysters, and escargot, while glasses of wine remain $18 and under.

Open-air seating area at Le Champ in Los Angeles.
Le Champ in Downtown Los Angeles.
Luis Mendoza

Wife and the Somm

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Glassell Park’s cozy neighborhood wine bar is worth checking out for the wines and the outdoor patio. The eclectic menu has snackable cheese and charcuterie, plus easy fare like braised short ribs and pasta. It’s also an excellent space for brunch.

The 1917 Wine Bar & Bistro

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It’s perfect that San Antonio Winery opened a spacious outdoor wine bar. After all, this is LA’s oldest winery which repurposed a section of the parking lot into one that’s relaxing, covered, and offers regional wine flights that rotate according to season. Each flight includes a charcuterie plate per drinker.

Holcomb

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Holcomb’s selections are natural, on their way, organic, or biodynamic. That doesn’t mean that this is a stuffy wine bar. Try any of the wine-friendly dishes like the mussel escabeche while seated indoors, on the outdoor patio, or table stationed on the Highland Park sidewalk.

Holcomb wine bar with dim lights in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
Holcomb wine bar.
Wonho Frank Lee

Buvons Natural Wine Bar + Shop

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Open since 2022, Long Beach’s popular wine bar has a cozy indoor space surrounded by shelves of wines along with a spacious patio where natural French wine is paired with charcuterie boards and hors d’oeuvres. Check the website to see the calendar of classes that inform about champagne, orange varietals, or introductions to natural wines.

Barsha Wines & Spirits

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At Barsha, order a wine flight along with some colorful snacks a mile away from the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Stanley's Wet Goods

The best way to keep on top of the events at Stanley’s Wet Goods is to follow its Instagram page. Tastings are a regular part of the day-to-day operations, along with inviting producers from wine regions like Sonoma or Spain. Order the charcuterie or meatballs and nab one of the indoor or outdoor seats offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Melanie Wine Bar

West Third Street’s low-light wine bar from David Gibbs (Mirabelle, Sushi Note, Augustine) offers easy French and Italian fare to go along with terrific wines by the glass. When the evening hours start and the room is full, Melanie could be mistaken for a Parisian bar where the mostly local crowd samples red Morgon from Domaine Bulliat or a sparkling Crémant de Jura from Domaine Rolet to go with salt spring mussels or charred Spanish octopus.

A long, narrow room with a wine bar at the end and wood seating.
Melanie Wine Bar in Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

Marvin

A bistro’s nature is unfussy and easy, and Marvin is a shining example with charcuterie, oysters, steak frites, and duck breast while remaining loyal to French and Italian wines.

Adams Wine shop & Wine bar

In 2020, Alta Adams opened its wine shop right next to its popular West Adams restaurant. The curated bottle selection by Alta’s former sommelier Reuben Morancy (R.I.P.) places extra emphasis on African-American and women winemakers.

1010 Wine and Events

Sister-owners Leslie and LeAnn Jones launched Inglewood’s first wine bar to keep residents from leaving to sample wines and hang out. There’s far more than just wine, champagne, and beer with salmon sliders or risotto with Creole-style shrimp. Nearly 90 percent of the wines are from Black-owned operators. Check the calendar and make a reservation via Tock.

Spin The Bottle Wine Studio

Open since 2013, this cozy wine bar and shop is nestled in Toluca Lake. The owners tend to pour wines mostly from small producers, by including a minimum of 25 wines available by the glass with six choices available on tap.

Stir Crazy

In early 2023, Stir Crazy flipped from a longtime coffee shop into one of Melrose’s most popular shops with wines focused on sustainability. The new owners even kept the name while developing a casual, shareable menu with marinated tomatoes, crudo, herb-topped anchovies, and larger format plates.

The Ruby Fruit

It’s been quite a year for Silver Lake’s the Ruby Fruit. It’s consistently packed in the evenings, while busy during daytime hours with natural wines, beers, and light bites that include a scrumptious Danish street-style hot dog.

The bar and standing area at the Ruby Fruit bar in Silver Lake, California.
The Ruby Fruit.
Jesse Saler

Good Clean Fun

Downtown’s Good Clean Fun is dedicated to natural wines, but this isn’t your typical wine bar. Sippers might find a DJ spinning while locals stop by for the seasonal white pesto rigatoni with mussels, pasta pomodoro, or a three-glass $15 wine flight every Wednesday.

Justine's Wine Bar

Justine Hernandez’s Frogtown wine bar operates directly behind her plant-based Frogtown bakery Just What I Kneaded. The wine bar is where the baker feels most comfortable as a longtime bartender at the shuttered El Chavo. Wines, wine cocktails, and beers are on the menu, as well as Impossible Meat-filled Moroccan cigars, personal pizzas, and fries with Old Bay Seasoning.

Le Champ

Inspired by a “dirty crusty wine bar” in Miami, Downtown LA’s Le Champ is quite the vibe with a bubbling fountain, vintage chairs and wrought iron tables, second-hand couches, benches, and a whimsical swing on a spacious outdoor patio. Snackable bites include cheese, charcuterie, raw oysters, and escargot, while glasses of wine remain $18 and under.

Open-air seating area at Le Champ in Los Angeles.
Le Champ in Downtown Los Angeles.
Luis Mendoza

Wife and the Somm

Glassell Park’s cozy neighborhood wine bar is worth checking out for the wines and the outdoor patio. The eclectic menu has snackable cheese and charcuterie, plus easy fare like braised short ribs and pasta. It’s also an excellent space for brunch.

The 1917 Wine Bar & Bistro

It’s perfect that San Antonio Winery opened a spacious outdoor wine bar. After all, this is LA’s oldest winery which repurposed a section of the parking lot into one that’s relaxing, covered, and offers regional wine flights that rotate according to season. Each flight includes a charcuterie plate per drinker.

Holcomb

Holcomb’s selections are natural, on their way, organic, or biodynamic. That doesn’t mean that this is a stuffy wine bar. Try any of the wine-friendly dishes like the mussel escabeche while seated indoors, on the outdoor patio, or table stationed on the Highland Park sidewalk.

Holcomb wine bar with dim lights in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
Holcomb wine bar.
Wonho Frank Lee

Buvons Natural Wine Bar + Shop

Open since 2022, Long Beach’s popular wine bar has a cozy indoor space surrounded by shelves of wines along with a spacious patio where natural French wine is paired with charcuterie boards and hors d’oeuvres. Check the website to see the calendar of classes that inform about champagne, orange varietals, or introductions to natural wines.

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Barsha Wines & Spirits

At Barsha, order a wine flight along with some colorful snacks a mile away from the Manhattan Beach Pier.

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