Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin have created a beautiful restaurant and wine bar with AOC, where it is just as much a destination to sample unique wines as it is to enjoy dinner. Styne’s wine list is dedicated to boutique producers of the unusual and eclectic (think: small production, biodynamic), with a condensed list of wines by the glass or carafe, ranging from $12 to $40. No cute water glasses here—serious wine drinkers can appreciate the aromas and flavors in proper wine glasses, better appreciated with Goin’s signature seasonal, Cal-Med small plates. Take in all of the people-watching action from the communal table alongside the well-heeled crowd.
Moody lighting, knowledgeable bartenders, excellent pours—there’s a lot that goes into creating a top-notch wine bar. In L.A., cocktail bars and beer bars are aplenty, but there are also fantastic boîtes offering quality reds, whites and everything in between. Whether you’re an aficionado, newbie or just someone looking for a great first-date spot, this town has you covered. Winos, check out our top picks of the city’s best wine bars and dig in your heels.