814 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.018400 -118.489511
Tue - Sun, 5pm - 1:30am; Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Pico, West LA
An upscale bar/lounge with a NY vibe. Happy hour EVERY DAY from 5-7pm. A huge selection on wines and simple and delicious foods to eat while getting a good buzz.
Events at Bodega Wine Bar. – Great place to host events! They took care of everything, I didn't have to worry a thing the entire night. Great service!
Horrible service, Avoid at all costs – I live really close to this place so I thought it would be a good idea to go there on a Friday night to just have afew drinks with some friends. Unfortunately, this turned out to be areally bad idea. The waiters/bar tenders were extremely arrogant and it took well over 20 minutes for the waiter to bring the wine I had ordered (it didn't even seem busy in there).
Bodega, my dearest. =] – Fantastic wine bar. My favorite wine bar, actually. Great wine selection. Food is pretty good. Ambience is fantastic. Relaxed atmosphere. Great place to meet up with friends before heading to dinner.
Excellent place – I came here a few months ago and I am shocked that not more people have reviewed this place. When I went, it was "good" busy, and it seemed like the locals had already caught on. Anyhow, the decor is quite nice, the menu is very simple and gives casual wine drinkers VERY easy access to wine. They also have good beer and soju and sake. The wine is very reasonably priced, the crowd is cool, the place is full but no where near over crowded. The appetizers are an excellent touch. There are fancier places, places with less seating, and bigger meat markets than this place, but this place is by far the best for me overall. The wines are also very inventive instead of the ultra classic (i.e. expensive) cabernet's and chardonnays.
Second installment of this Old Town Pasadena wine bar resonates with Santa Monica's mellow nightlife crowd. – In Short
Dim ruby hues and tea candles predominate the space, creating a low-key vibe for relaxing hipsters. Couples lounge on crimson benches and plush white leather ottomans--more boisterous crowds convene in cavernous booths along the walls. The eclectic menu outlines flavor notes like earthy plum, chocolate or blackberry, and all glasses are equally priced so dollar signs don't intimidate any uniformed drinkers. Guests swirl from glass tumblers as they share foods like artisan pizzas or gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Wine Lounge, Not A Wine Bar – Hung out a few nights at Bodega. Its much more a lounge than a wine bar which is a good thing. Super cool atmoshpere with lots of couches, corners and places to hang. Everything is priced the same so you don't have to worry about what kind of wine your ordering (no cocktails, but they have beer and saki as well). Food is good with small plates of pizza, humus, cheese & fruit and other apps until around midnight.
Happy hour scene is really good and friendly crowd with great tunes from Groove Armada and Thievery Corporation in the background and then it seems to slow down around 8, but then the place gets packed around ten with a DJ spinning the normal dance stuff.
Will definitely be back.
Great place to catch up with the gals – I met three of my girlfriends here on a Friday night. We had a great time drinking wine and eating little bites and catching up. This place is big enough to have a conversation with friends and not feel crowded, but also fun and stylish for a girls night out. The music is great - we kept asking our waitress what they were playing. The grilled cheese was delicious as were the portobello sliders. I liked my Zinfandel, but my girlfriends didn't their pinot noir or sangiovese. I would definitely come back here again.
Finally somewhere to go in Santa Monica – Been living in Santa Monica for a while and couldn't find a place to go that wasn't either 1) a scruffy dive bar (which I enjoy sometimes), 2) a swanky joint (which I also frequent on occasion), or 3) a anything on the promenade (stay away!) There didn't seem to be anyplace else in this town. Whoever opened Bodega must have had the same dilemna as me. This place feels like a cool neighborhood bar, but it has a hip, stylish vibe at the same time, and the prices are affordable. The staff is cool, the music is spot on, and the food is grubbin - try the pizzas! And when they close, you can stumble next door to swingers and keep your night going.
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