The best places to drink craft wine in Los Angeles

Luna Vine Wine Bar in Burbank

Luna Vine Wine Bar in Burbank

There are bars that serve wine, then there are wine bars that specialize in unique hand crafted wines that may be hard to find anywhere else. Here is our list, in no particular order, of our favorite wine bars to drink craft wine in the LA area. Are we missing your favorite? Where do you like to grab a glass of craft wine? Let us know in the comments below!

Covell

By far the holy grail of wine bars. The wine and beer program at Covell in Los Feliz is daftly run by owners Matthew Kaner and Dustin Lancaster. Matt, who was recently named Somm of the year in 2013 by Food & Wine magazine, can guide any level of drinker to the perfect glass of beer or wine. They also have a small selection of bites from local caterer Heirloom LA.

Luna Vine Wine Bar

Our favorite new wine bar just happens to be located down the street from us in Burbank. Luna Vine Wine Bar was recently opened by Shannan VerGow, her General Manager Nick Caballero, and good friend and colleague Kerry Krull of Romancing the Bean. It’s got all the elements of a great bar. Good craft beer and wine, a friendly staff, and stellar food. They also have a great happy hour that goes from 4-7 M-F with $3 off select beer and wine.

Silverlake Wine

Not so much a bar, but they often do tastings and you can pony up to their tasting counter pretty much any day of the week and order a glass of whatever they have open. Specializing in anything from independent California winemakers to obscure international wines, Silverlake Wine is a must stop when shopping for vino. If you’re in Pasadena, check out their sister shop, Everson Royce.

Rosso Wine

Not too far from Silverlake Wine in Glendale is Rosso Wine Shop. The focus is Italy, France, Spain and California here. They also have a wine bar, where, on Friday and Saturday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, they feature wines that they also carry in the store. They also have a great list of corkage fees around LA. Or, buy a bottle at Rosso, then hit up the amazing Bashan next door and they will waive your corkage fee.

Spin the Bottle

Spin the Bottle is a new wine shop and bar situated in Toluca Lake. This small shop was conceptualized and opened by Music industry vet Doug LaGambina and partner Scott Kay. They feature small production artisanal wines from around the world. Try before you buy or buy any bottle and uncork it at the bar. They have a scant selection of small bites but will often partner with food trucks for more substantial grub.

55 Degree Wine

An instant Atwater Village local favorite, 55 Degree Wine appears as a normal wine shop with a good selection of beer and wine from all over the world (90% is from Italy). But head to the back of the shop, down the spiral stairs, and discover a small wine bar with daily featured tasting flights paired with cheese and charcuterie.

V Wine Room

Residents of West Hollywood couldn’t be more excited to have an option other than margaritas and cheap beer. The addition of the chic V Wine Room now gives locals and visitors the option for boutique wines and handcrafted brew. Most make very limited production wines and beer that are primarily sold only through their tasting rooms throughout California. They also have a small menu of bites to pair with the wine.

The Must
Down, but not out. The Must is back, bigger and better than ever in DLTA. With a vast selection of international wines by the glass, almost no grape goes unrepresented here. Plus, they feature an extensive menu of comfort food, perfect to pair with the large selection of wines by the glass.

Pour Haus Wine Bar

With the exit of Cork Bar (and at one time, The Must) in Downtown, Pour Haus Wine Bar became the only viable option for a wine bar in DTLA. Located in the arts district, Pour Haus brings you a variety of wine from all across the globe and a changing menu of fantastic snack food.

3Twenty Wine Lounge

Featuring an Enomatic wine-serving system, 3Twenty Wine Lounge is located in the hustle and bustle of mid-city on La Brea Ave. It’s a wonderful mix of vino, from Napa wines to international favorites. Sample small pours from the wine system, and try multiple wine for just the price of a couple of glasses. The menu is sophisticated too. Featuring small plates like braised lamb over polenta and diver scallops with roast asparagus.

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