Dark, sexy and surprisingly unpretentious, Bar Bandini is the bar of choice for Echo Park’s cool and wine-loving set. A curated selection of natural and organic wines and beers is listed on black letter boards, both legible and imposing in scale. Dark painted walls, suede banquettes and black slate surfaces are balanced with rustic exposed wood, conducive to both date nights and catching up with friends. Bandini’s tap offerings are California-centric, while owner Jason Piggott keeps the rest of the pours circling the globe; whichever route you go, you can count on your glass to hold something so perfectly curated that it’s either on-trend, ahead of trend, or so flawless and classic the word “trend” won’t ever come to mind.
Echo Park is not rife with over-the-top, themed lounges or speakeasies requiring complex passwords, and the neighborhood wouldn’t have it any other way. In addition to great bar bites, it excels in wine bars, beer bars and dives with character—you know, the kind of places where everybody really does know your name. Whether you’re looking for a place to drink near Dodger Stadium or planning a cozy first date, here are the best Echo Park bars for a carefree night out in the neighborhood.
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