Downtown Los Angeles, or DTLA as it’s known, has become enormously popular as a foodie destination in the past five years. I moved there in 2009 and the development and change has been incredible. The area is now populated with trendy bars and restaurants on almost every block, with new ones opening all the time. The area also has some great wine bars offering a range of great food and wine. Here are three great wine bars in DTLA:
Mignon (128 East 6th Street, Los Angeles) has always been my favorite wine bar downtown and it’s been open for a few years now. It’s a small, inviting space with a U-shaped bar, accompanied by counter seating around the perimeter and at the front windows. The tiny kitchen behind the bar serves up some great tapas-style small plates and I really enjoy the food here. The servers know their wine, which is always a plus. Mignon is open from 7 p.m. to midnight every night and they serve a great $20 roast on Sundays. Happy Hour is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with most glasses of wine priced at $5, $5 food items and $1 off beers. Wednesday nights are Hump Day Tastings with three wines for $12 and a matching cheese and charcuterie plate (always delicious) for $8. Visitors should note the Los Angeles Street area adjacent to the restaurant is still a bit dodgy at night
Pour Haus (1820 Industrial Street, Los Angeles) is a newer spot, previously more known as a great wine store to the rich, yet funky downtown loft owners. They still sell bottled wine but have expanded to become a great spot to enjoy wine and food. Pour Haus also serves tapas-style cuisine, a combo of Spanish, French and general Mediterranean. Bottles of wine bought there can be opened and enjoyed at the restaurant. Pour Haus is open from noon to 10 p.m. during the week and from noon until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There’s a special Happy Hour menu and Pour Haus serves a full dinner, beyond tasting plates.
BottleRock (1050 South Flower, Los Angeles) is a bit more upscale and dare I say commercial than the other two. It’s in DTLA, but in South Park, near the Staples Center and has a different, less gritty vibe than Mignon or Pour Haus. BottleRock is also a full wine store and bottles can be enjoyed at the restaurant. It’s also a full-service restaurant with entrees and complete meals, not just snacks. I must point out they have an extensive and delicious charcuterie and cheese menu with a wide variety of choices. They will also open any bottle and sell the wine by the glass, as long as you agree to buy at least two glasses. BottleRock is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, but the kitchen closes at 11:30 p.m. during week and stays open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. Sunday hours are from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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