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The best wine bars in Los Angeles

The best wine bars in Los Angeles

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.

Visit L.A.'s best breakfast restaurants to live your best a.m. life

Visit L.A.'s best breakfast restaurants to live your best a.m. life

Breakfast is the meal that launched a thousand trends: bacon, acai bowls, toast, brunch. Somehow, though, it’s managed to escape the hype/backlash cycle that’s dogged all of the above, hiding out and staying humble in the early, unglamorous hours of weekday mornings. Plenty of places that are madhouses come Sunday serve up the same thick-cut bacon and perfectly poached eggs—or kimchi and kasha—at 7:30am on a Tuesday, with way less of a wait. If you’re looking for a spot for a pre-work meeting, or just need a strong cup of coffee before you start a long day, here are our picks for the best breakfast restaurants in the city. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Los Angeles

The 22 best West Hollywood restaurants

The 22 best West Hollywood restaurants

From the Sunset Strip to Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood never seems to sleep. There are late-night clubs to frequent, live music to be heard, coffee shops to work from and some serious shopping to do. Sound exhausting? Fuel up with breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner at these superb West Hollywood restaurants so that you can explore the lively neighborhood until the wee hours of the morning.

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Wally's Beverly Hills

Wally's Beverly Hills

This giant Beverly Hills wine store is both a formidable New American restaurant, bustling wine bar and an all-around scene. Dine on the patio and admire a 35-plus page wine list that’s heavy on French and California selections, though Oregon, Spanish and Italian bottles are also available. As far as wine bars go, Wally’s food is top-tier with a robust menu from executive chef Ryan Kluver that includes everything from duck to rack-of-lamb to Wagyu steak in a variety of forms (massive 36-ounce bone-in Tomahawk, anyone?). The Beverly Hills crowd is well-heeled and on any given night, fit for celebrity sightings.

Wife and the Somm

Wife and the Somm

Husband and wife Chris and Christy Lindgren Lucchese own and operate this Glassell Park wine shop and bar. The spot opens in the early afternoon, convenient for those picking up a bottle for dinner or stopping by for an afternoon pour on the lovely enclosed patio. The menu doesn’t stop with its curated selection of cheese and charcuterie: Seasonal plates like heirloom tomatoes and burrata, homemade pasta bolognese and duck breast with German potato salad make this a one-stop date night destination.

Mirabelle Wine Bar

Mirabelle Wine Bar

The romantic patio at this Valley Village gem is the ideal place to drink a selection of California and French wines. Complete the night by pairing your pours with New York Strip steak, Niman Ranch pork chops with black lentils, or a variety of other savory options from their robust dinner menu.

Melanie Wine Bar

Melanie Wine Bar

This adorable West 3rd Street newcomer comes from Andy Paxson and Dave Gibbs, the minds behind Sushi Note, Augustine Wine Bar and Mirabelle Wine Bar. The entire wine list is available by the glass, and a French and Italian-inspired menu is designed to pair well with the curated list that focuses on California, French, Spanish and Italian wines.

Holcomb

Holcomb

In this Highland Park natural wine bar, Dustin Lancaster (Bar Covell) and co-owners Ross Stephenson and Michael Black have created the ideal vibe. With wood finishes, the space is at once warm, welcoming and undeniably cool. The food menu is limited to a small selection of cheese, charcuterie and snack plates, but the wines are extensive and bartenders are happy to pour tastes to guide you in the right direction.

E.P. & L.P.

E.P. & L.P.

Easily the most fun dining spot along WeHo’s La Cienega strip, E.P. re-opened in May 2021 as an entirely reimagined restaurant after over a year hiatus. New head chef Nicholas Russo (formerly of Mei Lin’s Nightshade, Michael Voltaggio’s Ink and Michelin-starred Bouley in NYC) has introduced menus that combine California produce and European tradition with nods to culinary director Monty Koludrovic’s native Australia. Brunch is a delight with cheesy eggs, breakfast burritos with crispy bacon and tater tots, or poached Maine lobster and little gem lettuce salad. Finish the day or night upstairs at bar L.P., set against rooftop views of the Hollywood Hills. L.P. adds even more fun to the mix with tropical cocktails, outdoor movie screenings and a separate late-night munchie menu.

Soulmate

Soulmate

With its bright yellow upholstered booths, hand-crafted cocktails and airy 7,000-square-foot multi-faceted dining room, Soulmate fits right in with the party culture of West Hollywood. But the fun doesn’t distract from the food: Chef Rudy Lopez (formerly of the NoMad Los Angeles and José Andrés’s Mi Casa in Puerto Rico) brings a Spanish Mediterranean menu that highlights the best of California produce.