Rec for bar/lounge/restaurant
I'm celebrating my birthday on a Sunday night and would like to have it at a wine bar (unfortunately some are closed Sundays). It's a small group of people 12-15 and I'm looking for any area east of Beverly Hills. Good wine + good environment are a must. Any recommendations would be very appreciated. Thanks.
Lou, Bodega Wine Bar, Madeleines are all east of BH. Madeleines is a bit more sophisticated/fancy, but you can rent a private dining room there. The Ritz Carlton restaurant's neighboring bar is also nice - classy, and an older crowd though.
There's always the Bonaventure's revolving lounge.
Lou is closed on Sundays. Farfalle is pretty good, but the layout doesn't seem very conducive to a party.
Johnnie's in Silver Lake is not a wine bar per se, but has a decent selection of wine, good beer and soju cocktails in a cool space. No food though.
What about La Maschera in Pasadena? Haven't been yet but I've heard the wine selection is good.
Well, Bin 8945 on Santa Monica just east of Robertson in weho qualifies as being just east of BH, definitely has a great variety of wines to slurp down, is quite a nice, yet smallish place. For 12-15, if you were inside, you would take the entire inside, which would be a lot of fun. Reserve now if interested, or just take over the patio, and watch the boys parade by.