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Bar Bandini

Bars, Wine bars Echo Park
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanBar Bandini
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanBar Bandini
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanVino Ambiz Airen at Bar Bandini
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanBatterieberg C.A.I. reisling at Bar Bandini
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanField Recordings Fiction at Bar Bandini

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Cozy up to a date or a friend while sipping on craft beer and curated wines at this sexy Echo Park bar.

Dark, sexy and surprisingly unpretentious, Bar Bandini is the neighborhood wine bar Echo Park didn’t know it needed. Named after Arturo Bandini, the writer protagonist of LA Depression-era novelist John Fante, the bar has the attitude of a brooding classic with a design and atmosphere that is decidedly of the 21st century, all without resorting to exposed brick, Edison bulbs or even chalkboard menus. Instead, Bar Bandini’s curated selection of natural and organic wines and beers is listed on black letter boards, both legible and imposing in its scale. Dark painted walls, suede banquettes and black slate surfaces are balanced with rustic exposed wood, invoking the feeling of a chic garage conversion left intentionally unfinished. Hanging globe fixtures and candles add a welcome hint of warmth to the dim interior, while street lights and passing cars cast a reflective shadow of the “BANDINI” on the shopfront windows to the adjacent wall—it’s very noir. Somehow, Bar Bandini manages to simultaneously accomplish cool and cozy, providing a unique inventory and ambiance that not only wows on arrival, but invites you to stay for more.  


Good for: Any social encounter conjunctive to drinking wine (read: all social encounters). Bar Bandini’s sultry lighting makes it a romantic choice for date night or a first date—assuming you already know what your date looks like. It’s equally versatile as an après-work hideaway or a catch-up spot for friends looking to unwind but still be in bed by a reasonable hour.           

The scene: Drinking in your thirties versus drinking in your twenties. Bar Bandini is cool enough to party, but prefers to chill rather than rage, as is evidenced by the upbeat but understated energy of its patrons. No need to fear any wine snobs here, either—the selection is as accessible as it is extensive, so both connoisseurs and novices will feel right at home.   

Drink this: California is well-represented through Bandini’s tap offerings, which are all produced here in the Golden State. Zin fans might opt for the Field Recordings Fiction ($10), a robust and brambly blend from Paso Robles. You can also venture a bit further with international selections by the glass or bottle. We fell deeply in love with the Andrea Calek ‘A Trois Nous’ ($14/$56), a deliciously unique Syrah Grenache blend from Ardeche, France with a velvety, almost nutty finish. For white wine drinkers (and even red wine drinkers who think they don’t like whites), the Batterieberg C.A.I. Reisling ($13/$52) is close to perfection: dry, crisp, ripe and seriously quaffable. One thing that struck us on the menu was the inclusion of an “orange” wine. If only for the sake of adventure, the Vinos Ambiz Airen ($12/$48) is worth a try. Essentially an unfiltered white wine made with red wine techniques, the Madrid-born Airen takes its amber hue from the skin of the grapes from which it’s produced. Slightly briny to the nose, it has a subtly savory profile that grows on you as you sip it.

Our tip: Feeling indecisive? Not to worry: Bar Bandini’s patient and knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect pleaser for your palate, offering generous sample pours along the way.

By: Merin McDonald



Address: 2150 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-Midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm-2am
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Users say (6)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Cozy, intimate spot to spend all evening at or add to an Echo Park bar crawl.  The space has a lot of mood, but offers a no frills approach to drinks and food on offer, so it can double as a romantic date hideaway or as just a hang out and catch up with friends spot.  Service is friendly, and while parking on the weekends can be a challenge, there's always something on side streets.


I may or may not be obligated to give this place 5 stars, since I had my very first date with my girlfriend here. Kidding aside though, Bar Bandini is a great place to bring a date or a small group of friends. The atmosphere is hip & dark, and although sometimes a bit expensive, their wines in bottles and on tap (love that they have wines on tap) is interesting and appetizing. Bandini usually isn't overwhelmingly full, even during busy hours, so grabbing a table and cozying up with your loved one or friends isn't hard. I love this place and think it's an adorable addition to the neighborhood. Go grab a new glass of wine and support Bar Bandini & the echo park community. Maybe bring a first date here worked out for me after all...

Perfect Saturday night spot. The bartenders all know their stuff, and they'll get you the perfect personalized drink off their rotating selection of craft brews and wine.

Bandini is the sort of place where my bestie can say we'll meet up at "our wine bar" and know I'll see her here. It's comfy, cozy, perfectly-sized, stocked with intriguing wines (from bottles and draft) and a short but to-the-point list of snacks. There are well-curated beers as well for the less wine-oriented. The staff are friendly and eager to help and the location could not be better. 


As a longtime resident of Echo Park, it's great to see a new bar that fits so well with the neighborhood. Yes, I know, we love our beer and wine bars and already have more than a few... but Bandini is low-key, beautifully designed and has great pours on offer. It's also pretty sexy in there—lots of warm wood, low lighting and pretty people. It'll give El Prado a run for its money!


I came here for a quick solo glass of wine and had a hard time leaving - the atmosphere is so cozy and relaxing that I feel like I could have stayed here for hours. The bartenders here are super nice and helpful when you're not sure what exactly you're in the mood for, and the seating arrangements make it easy to strike up a conversation with a stranger or just relax on your own. Can't wait to come back!

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