Drinking wine is one of my favorite ways to unwind whether I’m grabbing a glass with a girlfriend or buying a bottle for a dinner at home. Thankfully, there are a lot of high-quality wine bars and shops in Long Beach. Here’s the crème de la crème!
Art du Vin | 2027 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
Next door to the Art Theatre on 4th Street, this postage stamp-sized wine bar is the best place to enjoy a glass right before (or after) a film. Venture out to the small patio for people watching or enjoy your wine inside while taking in the rotating art selection and listening to the sounds emanating from the record player.
District Wine |144 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
Retreat from the bustle of downtown Long Beach into this cozy, cave-like wine bar. Delight yourself in glasses of small production wine and beer while sampling tasty bites from the tapas menu. Although it’s fairly affordable, happy hour is the deal of the century (weekdays from 4-7 pm and Saturday from 12-7 pm).
The Wine Country | 2301 Redondo Avenue, Signal Hill, CA 90755
Did you die and go to wine heaven? Nope, you’re just in the largest, most randomly-located wine shop ever (aka a warehouse in an industrial area across the street from our central post office). Aspiring sommeliers will brave the aisles on their own, but you can also get help from the super-knowledgeable staff. Look out for wine tasting events on their calendar every Thursday and Saturday.
Trader Joe’s | Various Locations
Anyone who reads this blog knows that I almost exclusively buy wine from this glorious grocery store. Lucky for me, there are three Trader Joe’s locations in Long beach. It’s a great place to pick up a bottle for an impromptu picnic or to drink later on at home. Take a ten dollar bill (or a twenty if you’re feelin’ fancy) and get one of the bottles I’ve reviewed here.
4th Street Vine | 2142 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
Nestled amongst the vintage shops of Retro Row, this neighborhood favorite is great spot for wine and live music (bands and DJs play five nights a week!). Vibe is cozy thanks to the laid back nature of the owners and warmth of the brick walls and decor. Pro tip: Walk out the back door and enjoy your glass of wine in the outdoor patio area.
Willmore Wine Bar | 3848 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
Nobody’s knows wine better than Ernie, the introverted sommelier and owner of this locals-only wine bar. Choose at random from the rotating wine list and it’s guaranteed to become your new favorite. Warning: The retiree crowd can get pretty rowdy in the evenings so it’s best to go for a pre-dinner drink.
Corked | 4100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807
Just like BevMo’s little hipster sister, you can find wine, beer, and all types of liquor organized neatly in this bright, modern space. Service is hit or miss, you either tend to get the cream of the crop who help you find the perfect bottle or the one dude who ruined it for a few customers on Yelp (although I’m pretty sure he doesn’t work there anymore).
James Republic | 500 E First Street, Long Beach, CA 90802
Is it sunny outside? If so, then treat yourself to a glass a wine on the modern patio of this restaurant while taking in those sunny So Cal rays. Cocktails are also pretty solid if you need a break from wine, but I suggest passing on the food. It’s not necessarily bad but the farm-to-table fare is surprisingly un-inspired and a bit on the expensive side.