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Nice Restaurants Without Full Bar -- Wine and Beer Only or BYOB

omotosando Dec 31, 2010 03:18 PM

This is a bit of an unusual request, but I'm looking for nice restaurants that either do not have a full liquor license or have no liquor license, but you can BYOB.

(The reason for this unusual request is that I am looking to treat someone to dinner who is a huge -- and I mean huge -- drinker, but I don't want to get stuck with a $400 bill. If there is no hard liquor and I can bring a few bottles of wine, even paying corkage, it will not be financially ruinous).

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    josephnl Dec 31, 2010 03:24 PM

    There are innumerable restaurants in L.A. that are beer & wine only and which allow you to bring your own wine for corkage. Would this not solve your problem?

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      maudies5 Dec 31, 2010 03:27 PM

      Amici in Brentwood is quite nice and they only have a license for beer and wine.

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        altstarr Dec 31, 2010 05:46 PM

        Restaurants with NO corkage:
        Roy's - Pasadena, Downtown, Woodland HIlls
        Pinot Restaurants - Kendall's, Nick & Stef;s, Pinot Bistro, Pinot Hollywood, Zucca

        Sunday night - La Cachette, Celesetino, Akasaha
        Monday night - Providence, Jose's(2 bottles), XIV, Locanda del Lago
        Wed night - The Langham

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        La Cachette
        Little Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

        XIV
        8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

        Pinot Hollywood
        1448 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        Pinot Bistro
        12969 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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          omotosando Dec 31, 2010 09:14 PM

          Good to know about the no corkage restaurants because I am always looking for them. However, for this occasion, corkage is fine, but I need to find a place with no hard liquor because otherwise I know my guest will run up a huge hard liquor bar bill and I'm trying to avoid an extra $100 to $200 on the tab (yes, I'm serious).

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            Snoopy Jan 1, 2011 09:01 AM

            How about Gjelina in Venice? Great food and I am pretty sure they only have beer and wine (I don't know what their corkage is).

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            Gjelina
            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

        2. Emme Jan 1, 2011 04:40 PM

          What about Lazy Ox Canteen or Taste on Melrose? I believe both are still wine and beer only..

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          Lazy Ox Canteen
          241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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            maiweezy Jan 3, 2011 10:18 AM

            Cube Marketplace Cafe
            Salt's Cure
            Bacaro L.A.

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              gordo26 Sep 19, 2011 10:13 AM

              Rustic Canyon is wine and beer only.

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                wienermobile Sep 19, 2011 10:19 AM

                +1 Rustic Canyon. Great Food,

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

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                  maudies5 Sep 19, 2011 04:13 PM

                  Agree about Rustic Canyon. Fantastic food. Was there last night and had the best duck ragu pasta of my life. This was preceded by a couple of other small plates.

              2. westsidegal Sep 19, 2011 02:48 PM

                although i am not knowledgeable about this category of restaurant, how about gastropubs? hopefully someone on the board must know of a "nice" one.

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