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A.O.C. (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne partner at many venues, but the synergies between food and wine resonate most strongly at A.O.C. Wine Bar. Since the early 2000s, the wine list has ushered patrons out of their comfort zones and into the mind of Styne, with...Read Full Story

Bar Augustine (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Matthew Kaner, Dustin Lancaster and David Gibbs opened this wine oasis in 2014 on a vacant-after-dark stretch of Ventura Boulevard. It’s devoted to older bottlings, whatever they might turn up in their frequent foraging expeditions, snatching up wines from local collectors, vetting and then serving up what they find....Read Full Story

Bar Bandini (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

In this candlelit bar, there’s no wine list, per se, just a letterboard listing the day’s offerings of cheese, charcuterie and wine, most of it of the natural persuasion, and curated by Jason Piggott. The place is known for its tap wines, a rotating selection of domestics,...Read Full Story

Bar Covell (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Matthew Kaner and Dustin Lancaster designed this East Side bar as a provocation. For starters, there’s no wine list. Instead, you’ll have to discuss with the staff what might fit your mood. Then they’ll fetch some wines for you to try from the 150 open bottles on...Read Full Story

Botanica (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Botanica is a low-key, alfresco-patio affair with a vegetable-dominant menu, run by Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling. That focus extends to the drinks program: try a Martini with muddled arugula, or The Beet, a beet-mezcal cocktail. Sperling’s wine list has natural leanings, too; wines like Eva...Read Full Story

Broken Spanish (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

In a town where Mexican restaurants are both a cultural emblem and a cliché, inject Ray Garcia: You’ll get your quesadilla stuffed with oxtail, and your chicharróns goosed with pickled herbs and radish sprouts. Mathieu Giraud’s Spanish and French wine selections are tight, but...Read Full Story

Esters (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Set in a high-ceilinged anteroom for the old telephone company offices, Esters is the West Side’s do-not-miss wine destination of the moment. By day a retail shop, by night a bar, it’s the...Read Full Story

Everson Royce Bar (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Everson Royce Bar is what you get when wine retailers carve out a niche in DTLA’s nightlife. Randy Clement and April Langford, who own a piece of Pasadena’s Everson Royce and other vital...Read Full Story

Fundamental L.A. (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The first Fundamental opened in Westwood, where it served as a veritable oasis in a part of town not known for adventurous menus. A second, in DTLA, opened in 2017. Both specialize in thoughtful comfort food like Jidori chicken, smoked duck breast with braised fennel, and steak tartare...Read Full Story

Gjelina (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Gjelina is to Venice what République is to LA Central, a vital culinary engine feeding Venetians from 8 a.m. until midnight. Travis Lett’s densely worded menu features intensely flavored, Mediterranean-themed, sneakily complex comfort food: Smoked mozzarella pizza, for example, would seem to him...Read Full Story

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