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Venice Beach Wines

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Photograph: Victor Leung
Venice Beach Wines
Venice

The smoky scent of grilled panini and pizzas fills the interior and tented patio space at Norma Alvarado and Oscar Hermosillo's 7-year old casual and intimate, beachside neighborhood wine bar.  Cheese selections are a must and pair nicely with any wine or beer from a $5-20 list dominated mostly by Belgium, Germany and California. The staff is as low-key as the bar-goers but attentive and helpful in navigating an impressive list of wines from around the world.

 

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Good for: A truly down-to-earth wine bar experience. There’s no pretension here: Great wines, great food and a lively atmosphere make for an ideal post-work hangout. Weekday happy hour (4-7pm) sees 25% off bottles and a paired down menu of wines by the glass, beer and under $11 bite specials.

The scene: Venice’s eclectic, artsy crowd convene around communal tables—opt for the 4- 5-person table made from an old Oregon stump, but buzz around this tiny, Rose Avenue joint is traveling with in-the-know out-of-towners and smart Eastsiders.

The playlist: Conversation is so lively that whatever is playing in the background is fairly unrecognizable during peak hours, so you’ll just have to project with your friends.

The bartender says: There’s a small plates, Mediterranean menu of cheese and charcuterie to salads and Panini from chef Jill Davie, formerly of Josie Restaurant.

Drink this: There are 20 wines by the glass ranging in different prices, regions and varietals from a 100% Tempranillo house red ($10)—from local growers and more house wines to come—to Sexual Chocolate ($15), a rich Zinfandel and Syrah blend with a subtle mocha finish.

Venue name: Venice Beach Wines
Address: 529 Rose Ave
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 310-606-2529
Website: http://www.venicebeachwines.com
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri 11:30am-midnight, Sat 9am-midnight, Sun 9am - 11pm
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