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A grown up place in Los Feliz/Silverlake

I have a friend in for the night. In Hollywood.
I'm in Echo Park.
He is free around 9-9:30pm and wants to meet somewhere between our locations.
He wants someplace "grown up," where he can buy wine.
I don't drink alcohol.
We tend to talk for a couple of hours, at least.
We don't really need food, but if there were some dessert options, great.

He wants me to suggest something.
I'm coming up blank.

Help?

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  1. The wine bar at Cafe Stella would work nicely. So would Cliff's Edge. Both are on Sunset.

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    1. re: djdebs

      I agree - those are both excellent options. Dusty's on Sunset is also good and grown up.

    2. I'd vote for Blair's on Rowena...great food and wine..and more mellow than the other places mentioned...great for conversation.

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      1. re: Blakekitty

        You've got to be kidding...the one time I dined at Blair's, it was so loud that my dining companion and I couldn't hear each other. Good food, yes, but not a place to go if you want to talk to someone.

      2. Funny, it's my second time mentioning this week, for different reasons, but Vermont has a relaxing bar with bar menu and a nice wine list. It's a very grown up place.

        http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

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        1. re: Bon Vivant

          Good call.

          1. re: Bon Vivant

            Vermont is nice as long as you ignore the food and service. Both mediocre.

            1. re: rednyellow

              Which would seem to work as it sounds like they're not eating or in a rush.

              A better question though might be, are they open late enough to accommodate "a couple hours, at least" starting at 9:30.

              1. re: rednyellow

                The food at vermont is fine enough, the service is quite good, yet is not world-beater. Both are not the major requirements of OP, however, and thus the place qualifies even more.
                However, Blairs at 9:30 is fine, as the buzz of the place has already died down.
                Edendale is also quiet by 9:30, yet the desserts are nothing special.
                Pass on Dusty's for all reasoning, except the fact that you want quiet - which you will get. However, no full liquor, just beer & wine, fwiw!

            2. I like Vinoteca on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. Haven't been for a while, but they had a great wine list and good food.

              http://www.vinotecafarfalla.com/

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              1. re: mojoeater

                NIce wine list, but the WORST/RUDEST service EVER!!!
                Oh, I must not forget the pathetic presentation of their idea of a cheese plate...the "cafeteria lady" from my Jr. High could have put together a prettier plate using craft singles and some parsley.
                I've always had better evenings at a wine tasting at Silverlake Wine, Colorado Wine, or Rosso Wine Shop...the goodies they have served to the guests at these spots are presented with way more consideration than anything we ordered or saw going by while at vinoteca...
                It's pretty sad because we really wanted to like the place...had the service not been SOoooooo BAD, we could have forgivin the place...but, never shall we set foot in the silly little place ever again.

              2. How about the Edendale Grill on Rowena? I haven't been there in a while, but I love the bar and I don't remember it being too noisy for conversation. You can always get a small table in the restaurant, which is quieter, or they have a nice back patio area, if you can get in b4 the rain tonite!