barbrix

Restaurant / Wine Bar
barbrix Set back from the street in a 1940s house, barbrix is a chic little spot that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plates and a large selection of wines from around the globe. Los Angeles United States 34.104079 -118.27295
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barbrix - Restaurant | Wine Bar in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review Set back from the street in a 1940s house, barbrix is a chic little spot that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plates and a large selection of wines from around the globe. As intimate groups take cover beneath... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Bar: daily 6pm–2am
    Restaurant: M–Th, Su 6–11pm, F–Sa 6pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth barbrix Review

The Scene

Set back from the street in a 1940s house, barbrix is a chic little spot that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plates and a large selection of wines from around the globe.

Set back from the street in a 1940s house, barbrix is a chic little spot that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plates and a large selection of wines from around the globe.

As intimate groups take cover beneath string-lit umbrellas to devour daily specials on the front patio, scruffy bohemians head inside to the square bar to hobnob with the upscale professionals, whetting their appetite with cured pork legs or marinated deviled eggs before moving on to more substantial fare.

Happy Hour wine specials attract budget-minded grape nuts, although the discount is only offered to those with a seat at the bar.

Dark exposed beams and lights resembling inverted martini glasses give the place a subtly elegant atmosphere, a vibe that extends through the narrow dining room that flows back to the partially open kitchen.

Couples on romantic dates savor signature dishes like wild boar bratwurst and steamed mussels, but given the small portions, it can take several dishes to satiate a hearty appetite.

Though the place is loud with conversation just about any time, it gets especially energetic when the late-night Happy Hour hits, as guests get bubbly over the latest Croatian cabernet, Austrian Riesling, or Greek Pinot gris.

Inside or out, barbrix is a great place for people in the mood to try something new, whether it’s on their plate or in their glass.

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Tip from Emma:

Ask to sit at the ‘kitchen counter’ – you’ll be able to watch the chef up close and personal as he creates his signature dishes.

  • Crowd

    Well-to-do professionals, creative types, foodies, wine lovers, and budget-conscious but adventurous Happy Hour seekers, late 20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music drowned out by conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Daily changing menu of Mediterranean-inspired small plates and assorted cheese and charcuterie selections. One Saturday a month the chef offers cooking classes focusing on a different cuisine or style each time. Ample metered street parking. Reservations recommended. Happy Hour M–Th, Su 6–7:30pm and 10pm–close.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$11, salads/vegetables $7–$10, cheese and charcuterie $5–$17, small plates $11–$17+. Beer $6–$9+, wine $7–$14/glass or $27–$110+/bottle. Chef classes $75. Valet $4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to trendy: jeans, t-shirts, sundresses, button-downs, flowy tops, cocktail dresses, suits.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime during Happy Hour to try a new wine, early in the week for a romantic dinner, or Friday and Saturday nights for the most boisterous scene of foodies, groups, and couples getting their barbrix fix.

  • Close By

    Barbarella Neigborhood Bar & Kitchen (2609 Hyperion Avenue) is a large restaurant and lounge that also specializes in small plates, and offers a selection of boutique wines, seasonal craft brews, and fruit-filled cocktails, along with both early and late-night Happy Hours.

barbrix User Reviews

Average rating:
Pretty weird place
kolbaska8 t. Jun 17, 2013
Never go there.
A Little Taste of the Better Things in Life
Gerard Nash G. Jun 3, 2013
Don't let the homely look of the place fool you; this restaurant is actually pretty fancy if you give it a chance. The food is fantastic, particularly the mussels, and the wine is the star player on the menu. The food may be a bit pricey, but everything is worth every penny. They even have great specials on Saturday like: draft beer for only $3 and some burger/fries special for $6. Due to the ambient atmosphere, this restaurant is definitely a great place to bring a date and have a good time. Even the bartenders are friendly and will recommend what they think are the best wines, and they really are. Would recommend to anyone in the area.
Great wine!
Kathy D. May 12, 2013
One of my favorite places to eat. Love their wine list but also love that you can bring wine in for low corkage fee. The charcuterie, esp the jamon iberico are perfectly sliced and fresh. I like the shishito peppers with this. Also love their parpadelle pasta with ragu and haven't missed with any of their specials. It is a great place to go to linger over wine. The decor is sparse-chic but still maintains some warmth. The tables are super small though for all the dishes our party of four ordered, we could barely hold them all and still have room not to elbow each other.
Just like drinking wine at home, only better and tastier.
Hana M. Feb 26, 2013
My friend took me to this bar claiming it was THE best wine bar in LA, and it lived up to its expectation. Barbrix is a hip wine bar, a favorite among Silverlake locals. They serve up a very large and affordable selection of California and international wines, fresh micro brews and plenty of tasty tapas. They have plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options with a Mediterranean flair. The front patio is perfect for breezy summer nights and they have a 360-degree bar inside which makes you feel at home or in an episode of Cougar Town.
Gourmet Small Plates with Big L.A. Romance
David B. Nov 30, 2012
Nestled off Silverlake’s bustling Hyperion Avenue, in a converted 1940’s California Bungalow, you’ll find barbrix, an inviting and romantic wine bar and restaurant that serves up gourmet small plates with one of the best wine lists on the Eastside. Claudio and Adria Tennor Blotta opened barbrix in 2009 to a lot of hype, even by LA standards. Out of the gate it was named one of LA Magazine’s top 10 new restaurants. This is the kind of award that makes you wonder if it was given to the restaurant or its high profile owners. But any doubt is quickly put to rest over the course of one meal. Check out their crispy grilled polenta, roasted Bosc pear salad, savory skirt steak, or their signature stuffed squash blossoms. Their menu is varied and accessible, and each dish, a taste adventure all its own. The Blotta’s story reads like Hollywood folklore. From Argentina, former waiter turned managing partner of Campanile, Claudio, met his future wife, Adria Tennor, while she was a waitress there. Their tempestuous relationship didn’t just lead to marriage, but by LA standards, something much more important: Restaurant ownership. Adria, who still personally greets and seats, is nothing less than a renaissance woman: Restaurateur by night, working character actress by day. With an acting resume to impress even the most jaded of Angelinos, Adria has a long list of TV and movie credits, including MAD MEN, FRIENDS, MONK, JAG, CROSSING JORDAN, SCANDAL, and she even had a featured part in last year’s Best Picture, THE ARTIST. Make reservations, try everything on the menu, and bring your friends, as this is an experience to savor and share. Then, when you’re done, try Cook’s County on Beverly, Claudio and Adria’s newest restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.
Pricey, Tasty, Perfect Date Place
Jayson M. Aug 7, 2012
Good lord I end up spending a lot of money here. But that's only because the food is so good and the plates are so #&*&!!! small. I want to rub the lamb meatballs over myself...don't tell your first date that, save it for the second date. The space feels like your in someone house (I think it actually used to be a house). It's very romantic, cool old beams on the ceiling, long narrow room, tiny patio out front. It's actually quite reasonable for Happy Hour (like $4 a plate or so, I think) but I just use the discount as an excuse to eat more and end up spending the same amount. Stellar wine selection too. Make a reservation, grab someone you want to impress, and go.
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