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Venice Beach Wines

529 Rose Ave. (between Rennie Ave. and Dimmick Ave.), Venice (Venice), CA 90291; 310-606-2529

The Delicious Deal
complimentary specialty plate*
*available during lunch (Mon–Fri) or dinner (nightly); not valid for brunch; buy one glass of wine per person and get one complimentary specialty plate per person, from the following choices ONLY: sardines, mini panini, cheese hot pots or personalized cheese & charcuterie where you can pick one of each. The maximum number of complimentary plates is one plate per person. These specialty dishes appear on the dinner menu only, but are available for BBE subs for lunch or dinner; max party: 4; dine-in only; not valid with happy hour, or with any other discounts or promotions; please note: this restaurant does not accept reservations and has VERY limited seating; not valid Feb 14 or Mar 17

Must use your passcode by: Apr. 2, 2012
Time left to get your passcode: Expired on Feb. 2, 2012

It started as a grab-and-go bottle shop—a shoe box nook packed from floor-to-ceiling with boutique wine from around the world and some 30 craft beers—but quickly blossomed into one of Venice’s tiniest but most beloved wine bars. And all because Oscar Hermosillo (with some help from his mother, girlfriend, and the cooks) decided to add some market-driven small plates to the mix, drawing droves of locals to the cozy, heated front patio on Rose Avenue for highly original bites, like a lambwich panini layered with melted manchego, slices of curry-rubbed lamb, onion jam, and a mint chimichurri. During the day, VBW serves as a drop-in lunch hub; at night it morphs into a dimly lit Venice hideout for couples and close friends. If you spy your fave bottle of vino in the shop, you can pop it open on the patio for a $15 corkage, to go with the cheese or charcuterie plate, some sardines, or maybe sweet and salty bacon-wrapped dates. In Venice veritas: This place just couldn’t exist anywhere else.

full menu

menu musts

Bacon wrapped dates
Melty hot pot: Fromage à Trois
Sweet and savory build-your-own crepes (Sunday brunch)
view full menu here

sweet seats

This tiny place is cramped and does not take reservations, so try to arrive before 7 PM for your best bet to snag a seat. Or pop next door to Oscar’s Cerveteca for a drink until a space opens up.

chew on this

VBW has one of the best boutique wine and craft beer lists on the west side. Don’t be afraid to try a new grape varietal (from New Mexico to South African) or give coconut beer a sip.


Mon–Thu 4 PM–11 PM; Fri 4 PM–12 midnight; Sat 9 AM–12 midnight; Sun 9 AM–11 PM
no reservations

price range for dinner entrées

$4 (white truffle and parmesan chips) to $12 (buffalo burger)

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