WSLA: Tabula Rasa - Wine & Spirits Magazine

WSLA: Tabula Rasa

An assortment of shareable snacks accompanies Tabula Rasa‘s large, eclectic wine list. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Tabula Rasa has undergone a modest expansion in the last three years: The wine bar’s founding partner Zach Negin took over the historic Silverlake Lounge, a nightclub and music venue and home to indie acts for decades. Then late last year they opened Tabula Rasa Shop in North Hollywood’s emerging Lankershim arts district, a bright and airy wine destination in a part of town that had been mostly devoid of such amenities.

Back in East Hollywood the bar, managed by partner Nicole Dougherty in the heart of Thai Town, continues down its own determined path, devoted to low intervention winemaking and wineries where tradition plays a durable role, whether that’s Chateau Simone’s majestic palette or En Cavale’s floral, sulfite-free zinfandel. And a town known for its love of skin contact, it also offers what may be the largest collection of orange wine in Los Angeles. Dougherty keeps all the plates twirling with frequent winemaker and winery events, dj’s spinning vinyl, gumbo-til-it’s gone popups, even poetry nights, channeling all kinds of East Side artistic energy into this pulsing wine destination

Tabula Rasa is part of our Top 30 LA List of 2023. Read the whole story here.

5125 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027


Patrick J. Comiskey covers US wines for Wine & Spirits magazine, focusing on the Pacific Northwest, California’s Central Coast and New York’s Finger Lakes.

This story appears in the print issue of Spring 2023.
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