Our Guide to the Best Wine Bars in Santa Monica

Wine bars have become increasingly popular across the country and some of the very best can be found in the Los Angeles area. Relax and enjoy a delicious glass of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, or pinot noir at wine bars in the Santa Monica area. While there are plenty of places to grab a glass of wine or two and enjoy the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica’s wine bars are also perfect for grabbing a bite to eat alongside your favorite varietal.

Can’t-Miss Wine Bars in Santa Monica

Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to savor a glass of red, or prefer the bustling energy of a busy bar, we’ve got you covered. Here are some local favorites:

Wally’s Wine

Wally’s Santa Monica offers an upscale yet casual atmosphere that pairs well with a polo and pinot or a suit and sauvignon. Wally’s Wine offers a unique hybrid-concept dining and shopping experience. Explore Wally’s tantalizing menu and sample wine from their selection of over 100 wines by-the-glass, or stop and shop at their gourmet counter for premium meats, cheeses and handcrafted chocolates. Relax and sip solo, or bring your friends and reserve their wine-cave-inspired private event space for an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for a casual afternoon cocktail and apps or an upscale date night dining experience, Wally’s has you covered.

Little Prince

Little Prince supplies the calm and quaint Sunday Brunch experience you’re looking for. Their small batch and locally sourced menu featuring fresh and seasonal produce from across California will have you coming back weekly for fresh new flavors. Love that wine you just enjoyed with dinner? Shop their floor-to-ceiling wine wall of hand-selected rare and eclectic varietals, artisanal spirits and craft beers and bring the experience home.

Explore their sun-filled terrace and private dining room if you’re looking to soak in the golden California sunshine and fresh air. Outfitted with custom furniture and a redwood deck, their shaded outdoor patio is surrounded by native and tropical landscaping, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better atmosphere. Stop by for an elegant and insta-worthy brunch experience.

Bodega Wine Bar

Bodega Wine Bar brings a cozy and relaxing vibe to Santa Monica locals. Their wine list features over 60 wines by the glass and hundreds more by the bottle, including reds, whites, and even sake. Bodega’s carefully curated menu also includes charcuterie boards and cheese plates made from local producers, as well as other small plates, sandwiches, burgers and salads.They feature indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery. Bodega serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 3pm, and offers Wine Wednesdays, where guests can enjoy $25 bottles of wine from 3pm to close.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Esters Wine Shop & Bar is a hip wine bar and restaurant located in Santa Monica that serves the best in seasonal and local food. It features a stylish and welcoming atmosphere that invites friends and wine lovers alike to unwind together and experience a sense of discovery. 

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With Esters just an eight-minute walk from the Santa Monica Farmers Market, Chef de Cuisine Sheyna McCallister takes full advantage of the nearby local produce to create a variety of snacks and perfectly composed dishes for lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch—all of which pair beautifully with their wine library featuring smaller-planet-friendly producers. The Lavender Almonds and Smokey Dates are not to be missed! Plus, there’s no better place to watch the sunset than their outdoor patio. Enjoy brunch on Saturday and Sunday, or happy hour in the afternoon everyday.

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar is a chic artisanal pizzeria and wine bar located just three blocks from the beach. Stella Barra’s cozy interior is perfect for an intimate date night or girls night out or take it outside and enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail in the sun or under the stars on their urban garden patio, with patio heaters for those crisp fall evenings. On Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, enjoy $5 select glasses of wine, $8 cocktails and more. They offer a wide selection of wines by the glass or bottle that emphasize their southern Italian roots and celebrate the diversity of the region, as well as craft beers and cocktails. Additionally, they have a small but excellent selection of local craft beer on tap if beer is more your taste.

Reservations are highly encouraged. Heads up: Stella Barra is a cashless restaurant. They are open every day from noon to 9:30pm on weekdays, and noon to 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday,  so there’s always time to stop by after work or before dinner!

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar has deep roots in Santa Monica. The owners have lived in the area for three generations and support nearby farms and producers by sourcing local ingredients. Local Kitchen & Wine Bar offers a casual dining experience with outdoor patio dining options in Santa Monica that pairs small seasonal plates and handcrafted Neapolitan style pizza with exceptional wines and small batch cocktails.Their menu features an extensive selection of wines, most of which are crafted here in California. A specialty is their orange wine from the Anderson Valley.

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No trip to Santa Monica is complete without stopping by at some of these local wine bars and happy hours.The beach-side city of Santa Monica has built a reputation for its happy hour offerings, with a plethora of fun, casual places to enjoy some good wine and food.


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