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Aug 14, 2007 11:38 AM

Wine bar or other 1st date places?

Hi all,

I'm looking for a good place to meet someone for the first time. Casual and with good energy, but where we can talk. Hopefully not too expensive. Maybe a wine bar or something like that in West LA or Brentwood or even Santa Monica. If they've got some good food too, that would be great. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. For a wine bar, Upstairs 2. Great food, great wine, casual, intimate, easy to converse.

    1. Bottlerock in Culver City is good. Wine bar. Like their food and wine selection. Cool place to walk around after too. Neighborhood has gotten really cute.

      3847 Main St., Culver City

      Pretty casual.

      1. If you're willing to drive to Santa Monica, then Culver City should also be okay. I like Bottle Rock as a wine bar. They don't really serve much in the way of food, if I recall correctly, but then again, I've always just met up at Bottle Rock for drinks and then eaten elsewhere on that block, like at Fraiche or Ford's Filling Station.

        3847 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

        1. Adding my 2cents re Bottle Rock. It's fun, but they have a very limited menu, and the chairs are uncomfortable.

          edit: also, the bread for the sandwiches at Bottle Rock is so tough and hard, I thought I'd never finish chewing that sandwich.

          1. On a weeknight, Library Alehouse on Main St. is a good choice if you can get an outdoor table (indoors is too loud to really talk). I also second Bottlerock (and for what it's worth, I had the best grilled cheese of my life there).

            Vinum Populii (about a block from Bottlerock) is another new Culver City place that could be a fun first date locale if you and your date enjoy wine. You get a pre-paid debit card and use it to sample any or all of a huge variety of bottles they have in their machines. Not much seating or food choices, but a lot of potential for socializing.