Bodega Wine Bar

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Bodega Wine Bar 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... Los Angeles United States 34.018424 -118.489355
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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

  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–1:30am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bodega Wine Bar Review

The Scene

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...

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Bodega Wine Bar has one of the most generous Happy Hours in town, with deals like $3 off all glasses of wine and $2 off all beers – which makes it a perfect place to kick off an evening with friends before heading to other Westside venues.

  • Crowd

    Laid-back and affable groups of young professionals and Westside residents, mid-20s to early 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Menu $8–$13. Beer $5–$9, wine $8–$12/glass or $21–$30/carafe or $28–$45/bottle, sangria $8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    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.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays or any time for Happy Hour, or Sundays for the late-night Happy Hour.

  • Close By

    Swingers diner is right next door (802 Broadway) and stays open late.

Bodega Wine Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Great place for a night out
Jason T. Apr 3, 2013
I first discovered Bodega Wine Bar during a networking event a few months back and I've been telling al my friends about it ever since. One of the things I liked about it was the ambiance and the environment of the place. It is a great place to go with a small group of friends or even to take your date. During the event we ordered their sangria, which was surprisingly delicious and refreshing. I'm not a heavy drinker and it was the perfect thing to sip on the entire night. The food was not memorable, but it wasn't bad. While we only ordered a few appetizers and finger food, it went nicely with our drinks and made for a great night out. Be careful with parking in the area, there are signs everywhere and finding a spot may take some circling around, but it is definitely worth it in the end.
A Welcomed Change!
Tira W. Mar 15, 2013
Sometimes you want to class it up a bit. Bodega Wine Bar is a good place to do that. Their food is immaculate and their assortment of wine is quite impressive. I’m all about the sweet wine. If you are as well, I would recommend the Villa Alena and Il Conti D’Alba. I would also recommend their homemade hummus, which you can get as a group. They have daily happy hour specials. Definitely a great place to come and unwind after a long day! However, later in the night the vibe changes a bit, more of a mingling lounge feel.
Hip not Overly Hipster
Noelle T. Dec 4, 2012
I went here recently with a friend to try out a new spot. I liked the layout of the place and they had a nice selection of wine. We found it to have more of a lounge - nightclub feel just more approachable since you are in Santa Monica. The decor is well spaced, not over done and upscale contemporary. The service was prompt and friendly not pretentious or over-stressed like a Hollywood club. I recommend it for groups of friends, birthday parties, or hang out during an evening. We were there earlier so there was no one dancing quite yet. I am sure after a few glasses of wine people have no problem doing so. The music was a good mix of lounge - house - pop from what I recall, not bad. All in all it was a fun spot to hang out and have drinks with friends.
It's a Wine Bar trying to be a Nightclub
Sarah I. Nov 15, 2012
Something about Bodega Wine Bar perplexes me. When I first went inside the venue, it really looked like a wine bar trying to be a nightclub. Maybe it’s because of the really loud music being played by the DJ. I just think this venue is struggling to have an identity and just stick with it. Wine bar? Nightclub? Wine nightclub? C’mon! There’s beauty in simplicity. However, there are some good aspects about this wine bar. First is the wine. Bodega Wine Bar has a really good selection of red and white wine. Their appetizers are delicious as well. Their food and wine menu delights my adventurous and spoiled palate and doesn’t burn a whole through my wallet. The interior is very cool, modern and trendy, which attracts a lot of young people to it. The crowd consists of young locals living in Santa Monica who think Bodega Wine Bar is the most popular wine bar destination in Santa Monica. I beg to differ. What I don’t like is their loud music. If the DJ only played background music instead of loud house or Top 40 music, I would like this venue more and it would make sense to me. Loud music is annoying when it’s being played while I’m chatting with my friends over a glass of wine and appetizers. If I want to hear loud music I can dance to, I go to a nightclub, not a wine bar. Other than the loud music, Bodega Wine Bar is an enjoyable spot for the youth. However, if you think the loud music will annoy you, I suggest you go to the best kept secret in Santa Monica: Wine Expo. Behind this interesting liquor store is a small, private and cozy restaurant where you’ll be amazed by their wine and appetizer selection.
Wine Bar as Party Spot?
Paul F. Oct 15, 2012
Bodega Wine bar is strange. When one typically thinks of wine bars, one does not usually think of drunk s***show dancing spots. But come here on a Friday or Saturday night and you have groups of girls and guys downing wine, dancing up a storm to the DJ and simply getting blotto. As you walk in, the first thing you notice is how enormous the room is. The bar is on the right and throughout the venue are great nooks for groups or dates to sit and drink and flirt. Throughout the middle are communal hightop tables, also good for drinking and flirting. The crowd is mostly 20-somethings, another sign of an a-typical wine bar. But if you know what you're getting yourself into, Bodega is one of the best and only wine bars in LA where letting loose and getting wild is strongly encouraged.
Good Hang Out
Nick G. Sep 20, 2012
I am not a wine connoisseur but I hang out with people who are and they love Bodega Wine Bar so when I feel like dusting off my alligator shoes I head over there for a bottle of fermented grapes. Good looking and laid back crowd with a knowledgeable wait staff make for a great place to meet friends, a date, friends on a date or a place to unwind after work. Feel like having a bite of food? Don't be shy. Some fantastic culinary delights await you while having a drink. And if you need a place to recover afterwards and soak up the wine, Swingers Cafe is just a wish away!
Relaxed Wine Bar
Sara G. Aug 15, 2012
Bodega is a good spot if you're looking for a classy, low key place to hang with a group. Dress up if you'd like, but it's not really necessary. Depending on the evening, parking can be a bit annoying - it's all street parking in Santa Monica which is generally a nightmare. You can sit at the bar, high tables close to the bar, or the semi-private lounge areas on the perimeter of Bodega (ideal for groups). Bodega Wine Bar is a great first date spot, or a first stop en route to something else on the Westside. If you do choose to spend your entire evening at Bodega, you'll have a great time. Just be aware that the more wine you drink, the more small plates you want - and it all adds up there pretty quickly.
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