Bar Covell

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Bar Covell

Matthew Kaner and Dustin Lancaster, co-owners of this popular Los Feliz bar, are happy to talk beer and wine—the focus on small production, off-the-beaten-path old-world and new-world selections from around the globe. There's also a selection of light-fare snacks and, more recently, brunch on the weekends (11am-3pm). Try Carnivore's Special Flatbread (rosemary, cheese and cured meats) with a glass—note the proper Riedel stemware for optimal sniffing—of something leathery and French. Kaner and Lancaster like to feature wines from obscure and familiar regions, but not arbitrarily—there’s always a story behind the wine, and they're happy to share.Go early with a book and sit beneath ironic bookshelves supporting vintage cameras. Once the bar fills up (and it does), candles and dim Edison bulbs illuminate a well-dressed neighborhood crowd of food and wine buffs.

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Good for: Discovering a world of wine you didn't know existed while honing your taste preference.

The scene: A casual crowd swirling, contemplating and talking about whatever's in their glass. Expect a mix of serious winos, first-date couples sizing up each other's taste preferences and potential business partners doing the same—the decision to go red or white can raise eyebrows and inspire input from those nearby. 

Drink this: There's no printed menu, so your best bet is to head for the "Order Here" sign and let someone behind the bar expertly guide you to the pour—the first of many and without pretension—of the night: "wine or beer?" If you opt for wine, "white, red or bubbly?" A few questions later, you'll be sampling a couple options—maybe a funky 2009 Domaine Leon Barral Faugeres Grenache from France ($12) or an obscure varietal like the plush, fruit-forward 2010 Rock Wall Wine Company "Tannat" ($12) from California. There's also rotating local microbrews on tap with current offerings like Ballast Point "Reef Rye" and Hanger 24 "Chocolate Porter."

By: Jonathan Cristaldi

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Venue name: Bar Covell
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Address: 4628 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles
90027
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-Midnight; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 11am-2am; Sun 11am-Midnight
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tastemaker

This is such a great spot to grab a glass of wine. They don't have a menu, you just tell them what kind of wine you like and they usually let you try a couple before you make a selection. The best part is that the glass prices don't break the bank so you get a wonderful experience without worrying about cost. It's not cheap, but you are also not drinking house wine, so it's a nice balance. I've been here a few times and always been super impressed with the choices they've made for me. I've also been here for a birthday party where they rented out the space for a group which was super fun. 

tastemaker

Excellent and cozy wine bar. Great place to come for an afternoon or evening with friends if you're looking to get out but not go crazy. They have a nice selection and the staff will definitely make recommendations if you give them some info about your taste. There are affordable options but some glasses are certainly pretty pricey.