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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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Bottles of wine and dishes from Melanie Wine Bar on West Third Street.
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It’s a welcome sight to see Los Angeles’s wine bars return. 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 in France. While LA might not be an international destination for high-end bottles (though Beverly Hills certainly has that aspect), its wine scene is propelled by passionate fans of the grape. Here now are 16 essential wine bars in Los Angeles.

Added: Art du Vin, Wife and the Somm, Enoteca 5, Melanie Wine Bar, Garçons de Café, Varro, Severance

Removed: Mignon, Mirabelle, Heroic Italian, Sara the Wine Bar, Holcomb, Sala Wine Shop, District Wine

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1. 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 vintage Bordeaux uncorked 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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2. Wife and the Somm

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3416 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 739-0058
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Glassell Park has a cozy neighborhood spot with a nice outdoor patio and an ambitious wine list that will appeal to the most hardcore oenophiles from owners Christine Lindgren and Chris Lucchese. The eclectic menu has snackable cheese and charcuterie, plus easy fare like braised short ribs and pasta. Check out the special vintages poured via Coravin and priced attainably by the glass.

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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As one of LA’s top destinations for compelling pop-ups, Melody plays host to numerous chefs and upstarts looking to expose their cooking to a greater audience. All the while, Melody’s homey indoor-outdoor vibes and excellent wine list help smooth things along. The Virgil Village spot might also be one of LA’s best first-date destinations.

Melody Wine Bar in Virgil Village.
Melody Wine Bar in Virgil Village.
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5. Severance

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7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-3055
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With a new home inside the Palihotel on Melrose, Severage has all- day service with reliable Old World and some new world picks by the glass, like a Sicilian Etna Bianco or Sonora pinot noir from Pinot Project. A daily wine flight costs just $28 and offers four pours of three ounces each.

Severance
Sabering a bottle at Severance
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6. 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
Bar Bandini
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7. 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.

8. 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.

a.o.c. restaurant in West Hollywood, California
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9. Melanie Wine Bar

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8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 592-3390
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West Third Street’s moody new wine bar from David Gibbs (Mirabelle, Sushi Note, Augustine), is the place for easy French and Italian fare to go along with terrific wines by the glass. Try a chilled 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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Garçons de Café

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541 S Spring St UNIT 114
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(323) 304-8399
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Downtown LA’s enduring Parisian wine bar has new ownership in Mathieu Giraud, who has experience at Broken Spanish and Patina. The neighborhood destination still has a great, approach list of mostly French but also local wine from places like Valle de Guadalupe, plus small bites and charcuterie to help it feel even more like Paris.

Garçons de Cafe in Downtown LA with hanging lights and patrons drinking wine at the bar.
Garçons de Cafe in Downtown LA.
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13. Enoteca 5

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970 Monument St #110
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454-0709
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Italiaphiles know that Cinque Terre West is the place for pasta and other Italian Riviera-style fare in Pacific Palisades. The wine list is wide and focused on finds in Italy, but also California. The casual, walk-up feel is what makes this one of LA’s top wine bars, with fantastic salumi boards and wood-fired pizza to match.

Enoteca 5 bar in Pacific Palisades
Enoteca 5 bar in Pacific Palisades
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14. 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. 

Daytime at Esters Wine Shop & Bar.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
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15. Varro Venice

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600 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 405-6385
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Venice’s ambitious, almost cerebral fare from Argentinian chef Leo Lanussol draws heavy inspiration from Southern California’s bounty of produce, with some wood-fired meats in the mix. All of which pair nicely with the adventurous, mostly natural wine list.

Varro Venice dining room with art by Chuck Arnoldi in the back.
Varro Venice.
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16. Art Du Vin

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2027 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 588-5008
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Long Beach’s Retro Row has a small but lovely little wine destination specializing in natural wines. The excellent outdoor patio makes for prime people watching (and dog spotting!).

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1. 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 vintage Bordeaux uncorked 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

2. Wife and the Somm

3416 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Glassell Park has a cozy neighborhood spot with a nice outdoor patio and an ambitious wine list that will appeal to the most hardcore oenophiles from owners Christine Lindgren and Chris Lucchese. The eclectic menu has snackable cheese and charcuterie, plus easy fare like braised short ribs and pasta. Check out the special vintages poured via Coravin and priced attainably by the glass.

3416 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

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 Wine Bar in Virgil Village.
Melody Wine Bar in Virgil Village.
Wonho Frank Lee

As one of LA’s top destinations for compelling pop-ups, Melody plays host to numerous chefs and upstarts looking to expose their cooking to a greater audience. All the while, Melody’s homey indoor-outdoor vibes and excellent wine list help smooth things along. The Virgil Village spot might also be one of LA’s best first-date destinations.

751 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

5. Severance

7950 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Severance
Sabering a bottle at Severance
Fried Chicken Sandwich Studios

With a new home inside the Palihotel on Melrose, Severage has all- day service with reliable Old World and some new world picks by the glass, like a Sicilian Etna Bianco or Sonora pinot noir from Pinot Project. A daily wine flight costs just $28 and offers four pours of three ounces each.

7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

6. Bar Bandini

2150 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Bandini Wine Bar in Echo Park
Bar Bandini
Wonho Frank Lee

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

7. 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

8. A.O.C.

8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
a.o.c. restaurant in West Hollywood, California
a.o.c.
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

9. Melanie Wine Bar

8310 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
A long, narrow room with a wine bar at the end and wood seating.
Melanie Wine Bar in Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

West Third Street’s moody new wine bar from David Gibbs (Mirabelle, Sushi Note, Augustine), is the place for easy French and Italian fare to go along with terrific wines by the glass. Try a chilled red Morgon from Domaine Bulliat or a sparkling Crémant de Jura from Domaine Rolet to go with salt spring mussels or charred Spanish octopus.

8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

10. 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

11. 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

12. Garçons de Café

541 S Spring St UNIT 114, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Garçons de Cafe in Downtown LA with hanging lights and patrons drinking wine at the bar.
Garçons de Cafe in Downtown LA.
Lydia Ma

Downtown LA’s enduring Parisian wine bar has new ownership in Mathieu Giraud, who has experience at Broken Spanish and Patina. The neighborhood destination still has a great, approach list of mostly French but also local wine from places like Valle de Guadalupe, plus small bites and charcuterie to help it feel even more like Paris.

541 S Spring St UNIT 114
Los Angeles, CA 90013

13. Enoteca 5

970 Monument St #110, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Enoteca 5 bar in Pacific Palisades
Enoteca 5 bar in Pacific Palisades
Wonho Frank Lee

Italiaphiles know that Cinque Terre West is the place for pasta and other Italian Riviera-style fare in Pacific Palisades. The wine list is wide and focused on finds in Italy, but also California. The casual, walk-up feel is what makes this one of LA’s top wine bars, with fantastic salumi boards and wood-fired pizza to match.

970 Monument St #110
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

14. 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

15. Varro Venice

600 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Varro Venice dining room with art by Chuck Arnoldi in the back.
Varro Venice.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Venice’s ambitious, almost cerebral fare from Argentinian chef Leo Lanussol draws heavy inspiration from Southern California’s bounty of produce, with some wood-fired meats in the mix. All of which pair nicely with the adventurous, mostly natural wine list.

600 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

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16. Art Du Vin

2027 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Long Beach’s Retro Row has a small but lovely little wine destination specializing in natural wines. The excellent outdoor patio makes for prime people watching (and dog spotting!).

2027 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814

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