Insider's Guide to Los Angeles
Top Wine Bars of Los Angeles
“Buy what you drink” at this combo bar-and-retail-store, where they’ll pop any of their 800-plus bottles with a two-glass commitment.
No need to know your Vermentino from your Verdicchio here, where the bartenders’ recommendations come from therapy-like conversations rather than printed lists.
Vertical Wine Bistro
Enjoy Old World wines in Old Pasadena, with vertical (same winery, diff vintage) & horizontal (same vintage, diff winery) flights.
Entering its second decade, Suzanne Goin’s trendsetting wine-and small-plates bar offers entirely sustainable, organic, or biodynamic wines at its new location.
An affable Silver Lake oasis with a creative, food-friendly list to match the market-driven Mediterranean menu.
California Wine Country recreated in Downtown LA, with over 70 wines to taste on the firelit patio.
It doesn’t get more unpretentious than the bargain prices and board games at this spirited spot.
Take in an oceanfront stargazing every night at this Japanese fave’s stunning new location.
Food takes center stage at Moroccan-born Chef Abdessamad “Ben” Benameur and Ryan Gosling’s Beverly Hills hideaway.
Organic coffee draws members of HBO’s Entourage and such health-minded stars as Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba and Queen Latifah.
Share mojitos with Zooey Deschanel or Brad Pitt at this Cuban speakeasy—if you can find the secret entrance.
Watch the famed hand-pulled noodle show, or equally lissome regulars like Sandra Bullock, Heidi Klum or Linda Evangelista.
Unpretentious types like Ellen DeGeneres, Gwen Stefani and Amanda Seyfried flock to this convivial, affordable Italian spot.
Earn rave reviews thanks to party pointers from Christopher O’Connell, executive sous chef at The Beverly Hilton, which hosts the Golden Globe Awards.
An overall concept—Italian antipasti, Asian street food—creates harmony between recipes and eases wine pairings.
Flavors in soups and stews intensify if cooked in advance. Many dishes thrive with pre-prepping—O’Connell favors sea bass marinated in olive oil and orange juice, then roasted.
Cook Whatever Takes Longest First
Prime example is Thanksgiving—hustle that turkey into the oven.
For non-carnivores, serve a one-shot entrée that covers all bases—vegan, gluten free and lactose free.
Choose low arrangements that don’t block faces across the table. Think beyond flowers—O’Connell likes decorating with raw vegetables that are ingredients in the recipes.
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