Los Angeles is home to plentiful and fantastic wine bars staffed by experts ready to introduce casual sippers and serious oenophiles to new and rare varietals, as well as the most talked-about natural wines and pét-nats. Head to these places for an immersive (though mostly still casual) experience, from sampling locally grown California blends 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 part of the wine world covered), its wine scene is propelled by passionate fans of the grape. Here now are 17 essential wine bars in Los Angeles.Read More
17 Fantastic Wine Bars to Sip, Swirl, and Savor in Los Angeles
Sit back, relax, and let these wine bars do the rest
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.
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Little Prince LA + Bottleshop
Aside from being a bustling brunch destination on Santa Monica’s ever-evolving Main Street, Little Prince has a floor-to-ceiling wine wall stocking everything from Old World standbys to unctuous oranges to effervescent pét-nats. Enjoy the selection by the glass or bottle along with an al fresco plate of salt-cod beignets or bone marrow spread on brioche, then grab a few bottles to take home on your way out.
Augustine Wine Bar
Augustine is especially impressive for 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 bottle selections.
Wally's Beverly Hills
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. Just expect to pay some hefty prices for the really special stuff.
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Stanley's Wet Goods
Those who know regularly check in to Stanley’s Wet Goods Instagram page to stay on top of the shop/wine bar’s special tastings. The shop will often bring in winemakers from as far as Sonoma or Spain, while small bites can accompany the glasses.
Melanie Wine Bar
West Third Street’s moody wine bar from David Gibbs (Mirabelle, Sushi Note, Augustine) is a place for simple 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 bistro’s nature is unfussy and easy, and Beverly Grove’s Marvin offers a shining example with all French and Italian wines accompanying charcuterie, oysters, and steak frites. For those in the mood for a more substantial meal, there’s even a prix fixe menu.
1010 Wine and Events
Sisters and 1010 Wines owners Leslie and LeAnn Jones launched their business to keep Inglewood residents from leaving to sample wines and hang out. There’s far more than just wine, champagne, and beer as Swift Cafe chef Kyndra McCrary developed the food menu. Her salmon sliders, charbroiled oysters, a rib-eye with Creole butter, or risotto with Creole-style shrimp complement the 90 percent Black-owned wine selections. Check the calendar and make a reservation via Tock.
Spin The Bottle Wine Studio
Open since 2013, this wine bar and shop is tucked in Toluca Lake. The owners tend to pour wines mostly from small producers, with six choices available on tap.
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 wine bar.
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After first operating as a bottle shop during the pandemic, Voodoo Vin’s transformation into a full-fledged wine bar is complete, thanks to sleek, minimalist indoor and outdoor seating, an extensive list full of mostly Old World natural wines, and a smart menu from chef Travis Hayden. Ask owner Michael and Natalie Hekmat for their favorite pours, and don’t sleep on Hayden’s housemade charcuterie, like pillowy, pistachio-studded mortadella.
Good Clean Fun
Barely open for a year, Good Clean Fun’s entire shop is dedicated to natural wines. There’s also the occasional DJ spinning while locals stop by for oysters, crunch wraps, or a three-glass $15 wine flight every Wednesday.
Kippered takes the traditional wine bar concept and one-ups it with an extensive collection of one of LA’s of-the-moment snacks: tinned fish. Considering the compact but chic Downtown space comes from DTLA Cheese’s Lydia Clarke and Reed Herrick, the cheese selection is nothing to laugh at. As for the wine, sidle up to the mirrored bar and go for one of many bubbly options that Clarke has on offer, then complement it with a few tins and savory snacks from Herrick.
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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. Check out the special vintages poured via Coravin and priced within reason by the glass.
Holcomb keeps things easy in Highland Park with wine-friendly dishes like a mussel escabeche to pair with one of their many on-tap wines. The outdoor patio and sidewalk seating are an especially nice touch.
Art Du Vin
Long Beach’s Retro Row has a small and lovely little wine destination specializing in natural wines. The excellent outdoor patio makes for prime people-watching (and dog spotting!).
Pasadena Wine Shop
One of Pasadena’s best wine shops opened last May in a mostly residential, partially business neighborhood. The place excels in approachable bottles priced under $50, with many selections even costing under $25. Owner/sommelier Nicole Lalague hosts tastings in her quaint wine shop.