1. Lou: It might not look like much sandwiched between a Thai Massage Parlor and a laundromat, but once you go through the doors you'll be swept away by this charming boutique wine bar. Lou, the owner, pour tastes of his favorite oddball wines while you nosh on Chef DJ Olsen's amazing house made charcuterie and farmer's market inspired dishes. Trust—it's perfect for dinner after a movie date at the Arclight up the street.
724 Vine Street (at Camerford Avenue); 323-962-6369.
2. Bottle Rock: With over 800 labels in stock, this Culver City bar and retailer is a place you come to drink and buy. The small plates are delicious as well, featuring a grilled truffle cheese and perfect tapas bites, such as marinated olives.
3847 Bagley Avenue (at Washington Boulevard); 310-836-9463.
3. Cork Bar: Located in the heart of Downtown, this beautiful wine bar features the best of Northern California wine country alongside a California cuisine bites. The menu comes with helpful pairing suggestions (stuffed figs with a Sonoma Zin, perhaps?) and changes every season.
403 West 12th Street (at South Grand Avenue); 213-746-0050.