What makes a good wine bar? The right lighting, knowledgeable bartenders – you name it!
In L.A., there are plenty of fantastic spots offering fine wine including reds, whites and everything in between. Whether you want to unwind after work or just looking for a good first-date spot, check out the following top-notch wine bars:
Created by Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin, this beautiful resturaunt offers a condensed wine list by the glass or caraffe, with prices ranging from $12 to $40. Stop by for $7 wine by the glass during nightly happy hour. Moreover, AOC presents delicious lunch and dinner menus with such items as spanish fried chicken, romesco aïoli & chili-cumin butter; seared scallops, brussels leaves, chestnuts & black mustard; and much more. To make your reservations, click here.
Sherman Oaks wine bar specializes in vintage wines. Plus, enjoy Augustine’s black truffle cheese plates and $6 tater tots that perfectly go with some of the rarest vino in the city. Augustine’s wine collection dates back to 1860, including Laderas de Sadella from Spain’s Sierras de Málaga region and an Australian sparkling rosé.
Impress your lovely date with a $350 bottle of 1959 Coron Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru. For the full winelist, click here.
There’s never a quiet night at this Los Feliz wine bar! Bar Covell has some of the city’s best sommeliers at your service and the most interesting stories behind their wine. There is also a limited food menu of wine- and beer–friendly items like cheese and charcuterie. To learn more about Bar Covell, click here.
Esters Wine Shop and Bar
This wine shop and bar is bright and airy, with its impressive inventory displayed on the surrounding shelves. There are 250 wines available for sale by the bottle, and about 20 are served by the glass in the bar. The outdoor patio offers a breezy option for glamorous wining and dining, so don’t hesitate to make your reservations for a lovely dinner. Some of the menu items are duck prosciutto, burrata, and, of course, a rich selection of meats and cheeses. Stop by for brunch at Esters, and you’ll get $25 off your bottle of wine! For the full menu, click here.
Pour Haus Wine Bar
Owner and wine professional Lorena Porras offers global wines she’s passionate about from small-production, family-owned winemakers. Friendly staff will help you choose the perfect wine by the glass or a three- or four-glass flight. Take home the wine you loved the most! Also, you are welcome to drop by for Pour Haus’ monthly trivia night, “Wine School’d.” To learn more about Pour Haus Wine Bar, click here.