The cocktails and Suzanne Goin’s cooking are powerful distractions, but make no mistake: A.O.C. is a top-tier wine bar. Caroline Styne’s stellar list, which balances old-world finds and California innovators, always surprises. 8700 W. 3rd St., Beverly Grove.
At Silver Lake’s neighborhood wine bar, no more than two cases of a bottle are ordered at any time, a practice that tantalizes locals and keeps owner Claudio Blotta on his toes. The global selection is exciting but not exorbitant. 2442 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake.
Rather than relying on a list, bartenders lead guests through informal tastings at this stylish wine grotto, until they find a glass that fits their style—be it riesling, roussanne, or anything in between. 4628 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz.
The casual-chic bistro’s French-dominated offerings emphasize obsession over cohesion. General manager Max Marder strives to make that obsession your own. 8114 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove.
Far-flung and techno-proficient—such are the hallmarks of Mary Thompson’s wine program. Every bottle is available by the glass, thanks to a futuristic system that pours wine without removing the cork. 740 S. Western Ave., Koreatown.