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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).

  1. 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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      gordo26 Sep 19, 2011 10:13 AM

      Rustic Canyon is wine and beer only.

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      1. re: gordo26
        wienermobile Sep 19, 2011 10:19 AM

        +1 Rustic Canyon. Great Food,

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

        1. re: wienermobile
          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. m
        maiweezy Jan 3, 2011 10:18 AM

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

        1. 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..

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

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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

            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

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            1. re: altstarr
              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).

              1. re: omotosando
                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).

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

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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.

              1. j
                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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