Beverage professionals, Sommeliers. Where do they go for a drink? Here is the top places that Beverly Hills Sommeliers and Wine Professionals go for a nice relaxing glass after work.
Beverly Hills Area:
Nic's Beverly Hills
453 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 550-5707
Upbeat Martini Bar in Beverly Hills. Known for the walk-in Vodka cellar “VODBOX” with 30 shelves filled with the high quality, hard-to-find Vodka brands. Bartenders are well educated and knowledgeable, and this is a “must” bar to learn about the Martini varieties in depth. Open till midnight (till 2am Thurs-Sat) so the place is a hang-out spot for post-work restaurant industry people.
Penthouse - Mastro's Restaurants
246 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 888-8782
Mastro is not all about the signature steaks. The Beverly Hills location opened the hip bar on their third floor, “Penthouse”. You can enjoy a modern wine selection in a big glass with a big pour (1 glass = 1/3 bottle). Open till 2am and it is a little “getaway” spot with club music and a petite Vegas vibe.
9737 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 385-180
Owned by a heartwarming couple Mara and Massimo, this place is a genuine Italy in the center of Beverly Hills. Massimo’s handmade pasta dishes, especially the black truffle and caviar pasta capture a lot of fans. In addition, the wines carefully handpicked by Mara, with a focus on high quality boutique wines, add another important layer to the enjoyable culinary experience.
West Hollywood Area:
8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (310) 859-9859
If you are into wines, this is a must go place for sure. The current new location has an extended patio area which reminds you of a European country side, and open air let you even more relaxed with a great glass of wine. The wine list focuses on high quality small producers and you can not miss the artisan cheese plate “the vintner’s plate”.
Midtown Bar & Kitchen
5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 460-4090
This is a newly opened bar owned by the popular Italian restaurant in Hollywood, Osteria Mamma. They have done a great work with their wine list with a fun and informative maps and trivia. You can enjoy a very unique selection from around the world and the wines are very reasonable priced. Open till midnight.
The Church Key
8730 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (424) 249-3700
Chinese cuisine inspired trendy restaurant / bar. The “liquid chef” creates a modern style cocktail while following the basic techniques and rules of the traditional cocktails. Must-try cocktail will be the ones that they apply the Espuma art (cocktail foam).
724 N Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 962-6369
If you are curious wine person, this is definitely a “go to” place. They have a wide range exotic wines from Morrocan white, Croatian red, or Austrian boutique wines to solid Burgundy wines, all cautiously selected by the owners. The wine list changes every week and it is a great place to enjoy a new wine discovery.
LA Downtown Area:
128 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 489-0131
A petite wine bar in the middle of LA Downtown where you can easily miss if you do not know how the place looks like. The decor almost reminds you of the world of the movie Amelie, with the Parisian essence. You can enjoy an unusual wine selection, for example, maybe starting with a glass of Hungarian sparkling wine.
Buzz Wine Beer Shop
460 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 622-2222
If you need an artisan craft beer or the small production hard-to-find wines, this is the place to go. It is the mixture of retail shop and the wine bar at the same time, an adult Disneyland. If you are not sure what you should get, there are helpful and knowledgeable advisers to guide you through.
South Bay Area:
Friends of the Vine
221 Ave Del Norte, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (310) 792-5940
Tasting Room atmosphere cozy wine bar. When you enter the bar, the right side is the wine shop and the left side is a lounge area, where you can open a bottle that you purchased. Owers Fred and Tracy have created a wonderful selection of wines from both local and international. Great spot to have a casual conversation with regulars and to exchange information with the industry people.