Party Earth Review One of the most popular wine bars in Santa Monica thanks to its unpretentious social scene, Bodega Wine Bar draws an irreverent crowd of young professionals and upscale Westside residents more interested in catching up... ... read full review
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica / Westside, Los Angeles –
One of the most popular wine bars in Santa Monica thanks to its unpretentious social scene, Bodega Wine Bar draws an irreverent crowd of young professionals and upscale Westside residents more interested in catching up with friends than analyzing the color density, nose, and finish of whatever’s in their wine glasses.
A self-proclaimed “anti-wine bar,” Bodega’s part swanky, part industrial décor perfectly reflects the low-key yet stylish guests and their laid-back attitude.
The spacious main room combines a raftered ceiling and spare wood tables with polished concrete floors, white leather stools, and long suede banquettes. The sleek-yet-rustic design continues with a translucent glass-and-wood bar backed by an exposed brick wall appropriately decorated with neat rows of suspended wine bottles.
Groups in the mood to relax and chat among themselves tend to gather on the banquettes in the four distinct alcoves branching off the main room, while couples in need of a more intimate environment can disappear into one of the bar’s many shadowy nooks.
Bodega Wine Bar isn’t all about chilling out, though – on Fridays and Saturdays, the mellow vibe gives way to a more boisterous atmosphere as DJs spin upbeat 80s remixes and hip-hop that get the dance floor moving.
Bodega’s outgoing clientele and relaxed attitude make it a great place to meet up with friends for a low-pressure evening during the week and a dance-filled night on the weekends.
Laid-back and affable groups of young professionals and Westside residents, mid-20s to early 40s.
DJs spin 80s remixes, Top 40, and hip-hop on Fridays and Saturdays. Similar tunes via iPod playlist on weeknights. Special nights include Carafe Night on Tuesdays for good carafe deals, Andrew Jackson Night on Wednesdays when all bottles of wine are $20, and High Five Thursdays for cheap soju deals.
Classic board games like Connect 4 and Scrabble available to guests on Sunday’s Board Game and Industry Night.
Bar food menu includes cheese plates, hummus, sliced beets, tuna and crackers, salads, panini, and personal pizzas. Happy Hour daily 5–7pm, Sunday 5–7pm and 10pm–2am, and Monday all night.
Menu $8–$13. Beer $5–$9, wine $8–$12/glass or $21–$30/carafe or $28–$45/bottle, sangria $8.
Shorts and sandals early on, and preppier in the later hours, with a general uniform of collared shirts and khakis for men and dresses for women.
Fridays and Saturdays or any time for Happy Hour, or Sundays for the late-night Happy Hour.
Swingers diner is right next door (802 Broadway) and stays open late.