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Jonathan Cristaldi

Jonathan Cristaldi

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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.

The best beer bars in Los Angeles

The best beer bars in Los Angeles

L.A.’s cocktail game is still supreme, but with new breweries pouring into town, craft beer continues to have a serious moment. Beer-centric gastropubs, breweries and gartens are popping up left and right, putting micro-beer in the spotlight. Whether you’re seeking an in-your-face local IPA or international sudsifaction, L.A.’s microbrew gems are in it for the long haul. From dive bars to beer gadens, here are the city’s best beer bars to check out now. RECOMMENDED: Best bars in Los Angeles

Where to go wine tasting in Los Angeles

Where to go wine tasting in Los Angeles

When you’re craving wines by the flights but a boozy weekend getaway among the vines just isn’t in the cards (or you just can’t go back to Malibu Wines again this month), worry not: L.A.’s wine shops are the next best thing. Just like visiting a winery, you’ll pay a fee to sip through a flight of wines based on a theme—maybe all reds or whites, or all New World zinfandels—and usually walk away with discounted bottles. And if you’re heading to a BYOB party or a BBQ, these tastings will help you pick out something you just tried and know will be a hit. You know, so you can call yourself an “expert.” 

The best wine stores in L.A.

The best wine stores in L.A.

Whether you're toasting a special occasion or a quiet night in, there's often no time to study the myriad of wine labels at the grocery store or leave it to the stock guy to suggest the right bottle. Instead, try a wine store for a change, where you'll find not only a great selection of labels but also stellar customer service and plenty of tasting options. Picking something up for a supper club or birthday party? Looking for a blend you tried at your favorite wine bar last week? Head to one of these wine stores to score a killer bottle. Cheers!