HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >

Discussion

Wine + tapas tomorrow night?

  • 9

Was thinking about going to Bin8945, but it's an $85 minimum for our group of 7.

Searched through the threads and either Lou on Vine or Upstairs2 seemed promising. Any thoughts?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Totally different experiences. Bottlerock has snacks and wine in an industrial wine store setting. Bin 8945 is a restaurant with lots of wine by the glass.

    1. I had mediocre experience at Bin8945--I would recommend Tasca on 3rd & Crescent Heights...SO YUMMY & great service. The wine list isn't as extensive as Bin8945 but they more than make up for it with their tapas!

      1. If seven people went to a wine bar, how could they possibly get out for less than $85? Wine usually runs about $10 a glass, and just one or two dishes would quickly put you over that. I've spent that at Lou very quickly with just three people.

        1 Reply
        1. re: Chowpatty

          Sorry. Meant to say that it was a minimum of $85 per person.

        2. In that case, that seems very odd. Has anyone ever heard of a relatively casual restaurant with a minimum that high?

          1. Lou and Tasca are both excellent options.

            1. I'm having a hard time keeping up with the non sequiturs. Pour me another glass--at Green Street, at The Nose, at Red White & Bluezz, at Magnolia.

              1. Well, David's Bin8945 is truly a small place where a table for 7 would take up his entire banquette on the right or left side, leaving no more than half the seats available for all other patrons dining inside, as well as the patio. With the good weather, the patio might be an option; you might check into whether or not that would also be $85.
                Michael Bryant's (new chef for past few weeks) food is truly wonderful as are David's wines, and doing a tasting menu there cost me over $100pperson 2 weeks ago, and I truly felt it was worth every penny.
                Lou's food is good, but the menu is very limited and the room is very dark and the setting of the place can be offputting for the first time to those not familiar with the setting.

                1. Lou and Upstairs 2 are both great options. Lou is more low key and chill.