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wass Jun 26, 2007 10:30 PM

Looking for a good wine bar in LA/Hollywood or a good place for a couple of friends to enjoy a couple glasses of wine by the glass and some good eats to compliment the wine. Enjoyed Bottle Rock in Culver City a couple weeks ago and would like to try a place in LA/WeHo/Hollywood.

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    slacker Jun 27, 2007 02:01 PM

    Upstairs 2 at the Wine House. Very nice selections by the glass, and you can choose the pour size. The food there (small plates) is very good. You can opt to buy a bottle downstairs and show proof that you did, ie receipt, and there'll be no corkage.

    And as mentioned, AOC. Excellent food. If I recall correctly, the wine selection was a bit limited.

    edit: Vinum Populi in Culver City has a system where you can try one-ounce pours of a number of different wines. you purchase a debit card, you can choose whatever amount to put on the card, then use the card to select the wines you'd like dispensed into your glass. The food's alright.

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      wass Jun 28, 2007 09:39 AM

      Excellent. I can't to try all of these now. Thank you!

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        vinosnob Jun 28, 2007 10:30 AM

        How are the wines in terms of quality, price, etc?

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          slacker Jun 28, 2007 11:56 AM

          I thought Upstairs 2 had a very nice wine selection on their menu, and why wouldn't they, they have all those bottles downstairs. I was actually a little surprised at how well priced the pours were.
          For AOC, I don't have a good memory of the small wine list.
          For Vinum Populi, I didn't think it was a good value at all. It's an interesting concept, but at the end of the night you could have gotten nice pours of a few good wines for the same price, instead of little drips of tastings. Plus for the expensive bottles, I thought the charge per 1 oz was a bit much.

      2. modernist Jun 27, 2007 12:35 PM

        i had some good food and tasty south american reds from tasca on 3rd just down from aoc. dark cozy romantic vibe. owner is argentinean and another real character of a waiter.

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          bruinike Jun 27, 2007 08:45 AM

          Lou on Vine just north of Melrose. www.louonvine.com
          There's also BIN 8945 in West Hollywood www.bin8945.com

          1. chuckles Jun 27, 2007 08:38 AM

            Not Hollywood but if you venture a wee farther east to Los Feliz there's Vinoteca Farfalla. Nice cozy space, lots of wines by the glass and interesting Brazilian-Italian tapas.


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              BeachGrub Jun 26, 2007 11:03 PM

              AOC really can't be matched for the selection of top flight stuff by the glass. Plus you get some pretty nice small plates pub grub and people watching as a bonus. Kinda loud and busy but it fits the place.

              Winehouse on the westside opened a restaurant upstairs (Upstairs2). I hear you can buy a bottle downstairs and carry it up. I haven't been but worth checking out. The selection would be great.

              750 Wine Bar in South Pasedena just had a pretty good write up in the Times also.

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                girlflorida Jun 26, 2007 10:51 PM

                A.O.C, also the place inside the farmers market has gotten great reviews

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