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Fun wine bars for a first date conducive to coversation and on the Westside or into Hollywood

Laurel_Alchemy_Writer Nov 9, 2009 12:02 PM

Hi

I have not done this before. This meeting a stranger for a first date. But I am. Any suggestions for an auspicious fun
wine bar?

Thank you

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    vinosnob Nov 9, 2009 12:43 PM

    I haven't been to all of these i.e. Tasca, Pourtal, Vinoteque.

    AOC (sitting at the wine or cheese bar) is probably my favorite of the bunch; Rustic Canyon and Bottle Rock will be livelier.

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    AOC
    8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
    1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Tasca Restaurant
    8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    BottleRock
    3847 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

    Vinoteque on Melrose
    7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar
    104 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

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    1. re: vinosnob
      Laurel_Alchemy_Writer Nov 9, 2009 04:41 PM

      These wine bars look promising, thank you. Any complex dry whimsical insouciant red wine you recommend?

      Slainte

      Laurel

    2. Phurstluv Nov 9, 2009 06:23 PM

      I've had friends go to Salut on Main ST in SM, and they really liked it.

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        yogachik Nov 10, 2009 06:28 AM

        Salut is very loud. Not conducive for a conversation.

        Bar Pinxto and Upstairs II are what I'd recommend.

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          Phurstluv Nov 10, 2009 07:50 AM

          Bar Pinxto, which I love, gets crowded super fast. And loud as a result.

          As for Salut, my friends did not comment that it was overly loud, but I suppose it depends on what time you go. And usually, after a few glasses of wine, WE get loud, so it doesn't bother us a bit.

          Have you looked in Barrel, in Malibu, in the Ralph's shopping center? Supposed to be reasonable.

      2. perk Nov 9, 2009 06:33 PM

        Lou on Vine? It's small and lively. So, if the conversation lags, you'll mostly likely be conversing with people on both sides of you. The food is good, too...as our the wine selections. The owner is very knowledgeable.

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        Lou on Vine
        724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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          spanishfoodlover Nov 9, 2009 06:54 PM

          I suggest Upstairs 2 in West La. It's fun yet sophisticated and has great food and an extensive wine list.

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          Upstairs 2
          2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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