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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Small in Los Angeles

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3. What to Do


The hidden Wine Library is stocked with hundreds of bottles of Italian wine.  

Roll back a heavy bookcase to reveal the entryway to the Wine Library, a 450-square-foot tasting room tucked inside Italian restaurant Terroni. Though tiny, the space features a formidable list of nearly 1,000 varieties of Italian wine, more than 50 of which are available by the glass.

Pull up a stool beneath colorful circus paintings at Roger Room (370 North La Cienega Boulevard; 310-854-1300), an intimate, 900-square-foot speakeasy. Most of the narrow space is taken up by the bar, where suspender-clad bartenders create cocktails using cult spirits like Luksusowa vodka and Mata Hari absinthe. Arrive between 7 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays (6 to 7 on Fridays) for the best chance of seizing a seat.

Sample a curated selection of Southern California wines at Thomas Keller's Bar Bouchon, a fifteen-seat hideaway that affords the occasional celebrity spotting. The craft-beer list includes new brews like White Apron, a Pilsner-style beer made exclusively for the bar.

Choose from around ten Asian beers at Salaryman, the Japanese-inspired, twenty-stool bar inside the Los Feliz Umami Burger that opened last fall. Stop by during happy hour for $4 tap beers and $5 burgers (weekdays 3 to 7 p.m.).


Published on Mar 25, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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