After a heavy day on the keyboard, this travel blogger enjoys nothing more than an evening at a local wine bar. Here are several near me in West Hollywood to enjoy the latest (or oldest) vintages, delicious snacks, atmosphere and friendly companions. Aside from the wine and food, whenever we visit a wine bar, we enjoy learning about new wines, vintages and growing regions from both the staff and other customers.
Pizza & Wine Bar (9161 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood) On the famous Sunset Strip, just a short block from upscale Beverly Hills, it’s a favorite hangout of locals and tourists. There’s an intimate atmosphere, dark woods and wall of wine racks. Before entering, you know it’s a wine bar, because it’s name above the door is spelled out in wine bottle corks. There are great choices of both domestic and foreign wines. The varieties of fresh pizza and salads are big, crispy and tasty. Prices are moderate, and an evening of wine and pizza for two costs about $40. Before we go, we check online for discount vouchers. They can reduce $10 or more from the bill.
326 (6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles farmersmarketbars.com) This wine bar is in the heart of the Farmers Market, a popular West Hollywood tourist mecca, a place to enjoy wine and people watching. On our visits, we often shop at the scores of food stalls and pick up fresh-made Chinese or Mexican dishes. We then go to 326’s outside tables, and enjoy them with wine. Prices are not high, with many selections of glasses of wine from $2 to $8 each.
Vintage Enoteca (7554 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles vintageenoteca.com) This wine bar is also on Sunset, in the less exotic part of Hollywood. Enoteca in Spanish means collection of wines, and those choices, along with tapas, are what this cozy bar offers. On a recent visit, along with drinks, we enjoyed varieties of tapas. They’re little baked dough flats with toppings ranging from simple salads to exotic egg, meat and fish varieties. There’s a cozy patio out back for more intimate dining.
V Wine Room (903 Westbourne Dr., West Hollywood vwesthollywood.com) We go to the quiet, neighborhood V when celebrating anniversaries or birthdays. We order a flight of wines, which for a total of $15, consists of five brimming glasses of various wines. We find the servers here are more serious wine experts and enjoying educating consumers as much as they do serving them.
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