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Dec 31, 2010 03:18 PM

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

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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  1. 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?

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

      1. 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

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

        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

        2 Replies
        1. re: altstarr

          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).

          1. re: omotosando

            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).

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

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

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

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