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

Sit back, relax, and let these oenophiles do the rest

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It’s a welcome sight to see LA’s wine bars return in 2021. The city is home to fantastic wine bars staffed by experts eager to introduce both casual sippers and serious oenophiles to new and rare varietals. Head to these destinations for an immersive (though often still casual) experience, from sampling a locally-grown California blend to sipping something more unexpected from an emerging vineyard. Here now are 16 essential wine bars in Los Angeles.

Added: Heritage Fine Wines, Heroic Italian, Holcomb, Marvin, Sala, Sara The Wine Bar, District

Removed: Bar Covell, Fundamental LA, Oriel

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mirabelle Wine Bar

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12518 Burbank Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 927-4241
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This cozy but stellar wine bar has settled nicely into sleepy Valley Village. There’s cheese and charcuterie for those needing something light to pair with beers and wine, and the grilled cheese sandwich makes for a heftier bite late into the night. The new outdoor patio is a gorgeous add.

2. Augustine Wine Bar

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13456 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91423
(818) 990-0938
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Augustine Wine Bar is a collaboration primarily between Dustin Lancaster of Bar Covell and wine collector/musician David Gibbs. Augustine impresses with its vintage wine program. Don’t be surprised to find a 1937 Troisiemes Crus Bordeaux corked beside a non-vintage Rosé from Tasmania. The seasonal bar food holds its own against the heavy-hitting vinos.

Interior of Augustine Wine Bar.
Augustine Wine Bar
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3. Tabula Rasa

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5125 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

With dark, moody lighting and plenty of approachable wines by the glass at this Thai Town/East Hollywood spot, Tabula Rasa makes for the perfect kind of neighborhood spot.

4. Melody

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751 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 922-6037
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Melody regularly invites a steady stream of pop-ups to curate the food, while owners Paloma Rabinov and Eric Tucker take care of the wine at this Virgil Village neighborhood spot.

5. Bar Bandini

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2150 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Bar Bandini’s moody interior feels like a natural fit for Echo Park. Bandini stocks an eclectic, eccentric, and invitingly unpretentious range of wines both on tap and by the glass.

Bandini Wine Bar in Echo Park
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6. A.O.C.

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8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-6359
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Caroline Styne has made a name for herself as one of the top sommeliers in Los Angeles. A.O.C., which she co-owns with chef Suzanne Goin, features a rich wine list that contains some knockouts along with more eclectic varietals. Every pour pairs well with Goin’s carefully sourced and prepared Mediterranean dishes.

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7. Wally's Beverly Hills

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447 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 475-3540
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Head to Wally’s Beverly Hills to score vintage and hard-to-find wines and spirits, as well as casual cooking from chef Ryan Kluver in the restaurant.

8. Mignon Wine & Cheese Bar

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128 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 489-0131
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Downtown’s Mignon is small, cozy, and perfect for a date. The limited food menu hits all the standards including cheese and charcuterie. All wines are natural and the majority are Old World selections from France and Italy.

9. Esters Wine Shop & Bar

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1314 7th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-6900
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Kathryn Coker’s sophisticated wine bar boasts an extensive selection that leans heavily toward import and small-batch labels. Esters’s food menu includes bar snacks like lavender almonds and more heartier small plates like sausage with pickles and beer mustard. 

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10. Heroic Italian

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516 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 691-8278
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Jeffrey Merrihue’s Santa Monica deli does more than daytime sandwiches, thanks to its daytime wine bar atmosphere and approachable list.

11. Sara The Wine Bar & Restaurant

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3936 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(213) 312-7788
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Most go for the wine, but will be amazed by the food at Sara The Wine Bar, especially the bolognese and shrimp risotto. It’s also good to see a wide ranging (but not massive) wine list that’s thoughtfully curated in a cozy indoor and outdoor space.

12. Holcomb

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5535 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-0072
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Hermosillo’s sister bar Holcomb rests on the east side of Highland Park’s York Boulevard, with a reasonable $8 baby gem salad and $10 steak tartare. Staff can recommend some unusual vintages, plus there’s the added bonus of new tables out front.

13. Marvin

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8114 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-5553
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A bistro’s nature is unfussy and easy, and Beverly Grove’s Marvin is a shining example with all French and Italian wines accompanying charcuterie, oysters, and steak frites. For those in the mood, there’s even a prix fixe menu.

14. Heritage Fine Wines

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467 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-8042
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If sitting in the circular room that is Heritage Fine Wines, watch the light change along with the mood as the sun sets. If feeling especially celebratory, take a seat on the patio and become immersed in rare wines and great service.

15. Sala Wine Shop

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7701 Painter Ave
Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 325-5877

Whittier’s Sala comfortably navigates the worlds of coffee, wine, and those who appreciate both, with a muted and mellow interior and knowledgeable owners who are happy to help on the retail side.

16. District Wine

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144 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 612-0411
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From wine flights to small bites, this cozy Linden Avenue shop really can do it all. There’s even a monthly wine club for folks looking to gather together for a drink (and score deals and rarities) from time to time.

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1. Mirabelle Wine Bar

12518 Burbank Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

This cozy but stellar wine bar has settled nicely into sleepy Valley Village. There’s cheese and charcuterie for those needing something light to pair with beers and wine, and the grilled cheese sandwich makes for a heftier bite late into the night. The new outdoor patio is a gorgeous add.

12518 Burbank Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607

2. Augustine Wine Bar

13456 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91423
Interior of Augustine Wine Bar.
Augustine Wine Bar
Wonho Frank Lee

Augustine Wine Bar is a collaboration primarily between Dustin Lancaster of Bar Covell and wine collector/musician David Gibbs. Augustine impresses with its vintage wine program. Don’t be surprised to find a 1937 Troisiemes Crus Bordeaux corked beside a non-vintage Rosé from Tasmania. The seasonal bar food holds its own against the heavy-hitting vinos.

13456 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91423

3. Tabula Rasa

5125 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

With dark, moody lighting and plenty of approachable wines by the glass at this Thai Town/East Hollywood spot, Tabula Rasa makes for the perfect kind of neighborhood spot.

5125 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4. Melody

751 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Melody regularly invites a steady stream of pop-ups to curate the food, while owners Paloma Rabinov and Eric Tucker take care of the wine at this Virgil Village neighborhood spot.

751 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

5. Bar Bandini

2150 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Bandini Wine Bar in Echo Park
Bar Bandini
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Bar Bandini’s moody interior feels like a natural fit for Echo Park. Bandini stocks an eclectic, eccentric, and invitingly unpretentious range of wines both on tap and by the glass.

2150 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. A.O.C.

8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
a.o.c. restaurant in West Hollywood, California
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Courtesy of A.O.C.

Caroline Styne has made a name for herself as one of the top sommeliers in Los Angeles. A.O.C., which she co-owns with chef Suzanne Goin, features a rich wine list that contains some knockouts along with more eclectic varietals. Every pour pairs well with Goin’s carefully sourced and prepared Mediterranean dishes.

8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

7. Wally's Beverly Hills

447 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Head to Wally’s Beverly Hills to score vintage and hard-to-find wines and spirits, as well as casual cooking from chef Ryan Kluver in the restaurant.

447 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

8. Mignon Wine & Cheese Bar

128 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Downtown’s Mignon is small, cozy, and perfect for a date. The limited food menu hits all the standards including cheese and charcuterie. All wines are natural and the majority are Old World selections from France and Italy.

128 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

9. Esters Wine Shop & Bar

1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Daytime at Esters Wine Shop & Bar.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Wonho Frank Lee

Kathryn Coker’s sophisticated wine bar boasts an extensive selection that leans heavily toward import and small-batch labels. Esters’s food menu includes bar snacks like lavender almonds and more heartier small plates like sausage with pickles and beer mustard. 

1314 7th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

10. Heroic Italian

516 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Jeffrey Merrihue’s Santa Monica deli does more than daytime sandwiches, thanks to its daytime wine bar atmosphere and approachable list.

516 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

11. Sara The Wine Bar & Restaurant

3936 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Most go for the wine, but will be amazed by the food at Sara The Wine Bar, especially the bolognese and shrimp risotto. It’s also good to see a wide ranging (but not massive) wine list that’s thoughtfully curated in a cozy indoor and outdoor space.

3936 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

12. Holcomb

5535 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Hermosillo’s sister bar Holcomb rests on the east side of Highland Park’s York Boulevard, with a reasonable $8 baby gem salad and $10 steak tartare. Staff can recommend some unusual vintages, plus there’s the added bonus of new tables out front.

5535 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

13. Marvin

8114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

A bistro’s nature is unfussy and easy, and Beverly Grove’s Marvin is a shining example with all French and Italian wines accompanying charcuterie, oysters, and steak frites. For those in the mood, there’s even a prix fixe menu.

8114 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

14. Heritage Fine Wines

467 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

If sitting in the circular room that is Heritage Fine Wines, watch the light change along with the mood as the sun sets. If feeling especially celebratory, take a seat on the patio and become immersed in rare wines and great service.

467 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

15. Sala Wine Shop

7701 Painter Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

Whittier’s Sala comfortably navigates the worlds of coffee, wine, and those who appreciate both, with a muted and mellow interior and knowledgeable owners who are happy to help on the retail side.

7701 Painter Ave
Whittier, CA 90602

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16. District Wine

144 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

From wine flights to small bites, this cozy Linden Avenue shop really can do it all. There’s even a monthly wine club for folks looking to gather together for a drink (and score deals and rarities) from time to time.

144 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

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