Worth The Buzz: Top Five Los Angeles Wine Bars

Glamorous, flashy and iconic, Los Angeles is bursting with great wining and dining options. California’s grand, rambling metropolis may conjure up images of glitzy cocktail bars and cutting-edge restaurants before anything else, but it also sports a sophisticated and diverse range of wine bars for all tastes.

Here are five of the top wine bars in LA:

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Photo courtesy of Sidney Bensimon for Bar Covell.

1. Bar Covell

Chic and cosy, Bar Covell draws together all the great things about a traditional wine bar. With 150 wines on offer by the glass, and a select, Mediterranean-inspired list of small plates and tasting boards, this candlelit, East Hollywood bar is all about wine in the best possible way.

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Photo courtesy of Superba Snack Bar.

2. Superba Snack Bar

In showy Venice, only a few blocks back from the ocean, lies Superba Snack Bar. The ‘snack bar’ features seasonal share plates focused on fresh vegetables, seafood and spices, and a wine list to rival any LA hotspot. With a relaxed atmosphere suited to its location, Superba is the perfect place for a beachy date or a casual evening with friends.

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Photo courtesy of Rustic Canyon.

3. Rustic Canyon

With a wine list mostly focused on French, Spanish, and local titles, and a menu revolving around hearty, seasonal produce, Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen is one of the finest bars in LA. Situated in the beach-side district of Santa Monica, head to Rustic Canyon for wines by the glass, half bottle or full bottle, and either a wholesome dinner or tapas-style shared meal.

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Photo courtesy of Bacaro.

4. Bacaro

In the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Bacaro LA is a sleek Italian wine bar specializing in cicchetti, or Italian small plates. Simple and delicious, Bacaro’s menu is complemented by a wine list centered on small producers from all over the world. Snuggle up on one of their comfy leather seats, order a range of cicchetti and pick a unique wine from their chalkboard menu.

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Photo courtesy of A.O.C.

5. A.O.C.

Open-plan and beautifully decorated, A.O.C. Wine Bar and Restaurant has a distinctly stylish, LA vibe. With a spacious interior and large doors opening onto a central courtyard, this Beverly Hills bar is the perfect spot for an aperitif on a warm night. A.O.C.’s wine list is brilliant, with plenty of European and American wines, and a sumptuous menu to match.

*This article is part of an original Epicure & Culture series, Worth The Buzz.

What’s your favorite bar for wine in Los Angeles? Please share in the comments below.

By Gemma King

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Gemma King

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Gemma King is an Australian francophile living between Paris, Melbourne and Richmond Virginia. A PhD student in French cinema at Melbourne Uni and the Sorbonne, she's also an eternal nomad, a film buff, a French lecturer, a coffee reviewer, an English teacher and a travel writer. As la muséophile, she spends her Sundays exploring and reviewing the lesser-known museums of Paris at www.lesmuseesdeparis.com.

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