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Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar

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104 Santa Monica Blvd (at Ocean Ave.)
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar - Santa Monica, CA

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As a relative newcomer to LA, I have been disappointed by the number of places where it is possible to get really good wine in an atmosphere conducive to sitting alone, as well as...

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The Best Pourtal in a Storm 12/30/2010

As a relative newcomer to LA, I have been disappointed by the number of places where it is possible to get really good wine in an atmosphere conducive to sitting alone, as well as in groups - until I discovered Pourtal. The range of wines is extraordinary, and bartender Rachel is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met in the trade. She has introduced me to wines I would never have looked at - in particular, Austrian - as I tend to stick to what I know. The 1oz tasters not only enable you to sample many different grapes, they provide a talking point among the very amiable crowd that inhabits this place. The music is never obtrusive - whether it be recorded or live - and, as I drink gallons of water, I love the fact that you can help yourself to it, rather than have to wait to be served it. Happy Hours are fantastic value, with really good wines on offer, not the usual rubbish that is served during happy hours elsewhere. It's a great place - great wines, food, staff and customers - and has quickly established itself as my favourite place in the city. Jaci Stephen Daily Mail (UK) more

Great place for a date and to hang out with friends! 11/1/2010

I came here a few weeks ago and it was the perfect place for my date. The way the wine bar is set up is a really great conversation starter. The cheese plates were to die for and an absolute must! Coming back soon with my friends to have a nice relaxing evening. more

Great way to taste and savor different wines 9/24/2009

The concept is so cool. I don't usually order wine that I'm so familar with in case I don't like it but at Pourtal that's not an issue. You put money on a card (my date and I shared a $20 card - it was fine for us) and insert the card into the wine machine and it pours 1 ounce of the wine you select. I'm glad I tried different types than I had tasted before. It was great. We didn't have any of the food but other tables did and it really looked good and they seemed happy. Pros: Great wine selection that changes every few weeks Cons: If sitting outside homeless often stop by to beg for cash more

Good Wine in Santa Monica 8/24/2009

A bar in Santa Monica for the locals (and the tourists of course). It's chill, relaxed, and non-wine-snobby. My friend and I stopped in for the first time last week for Happy Hour (M-F 4-7pm) and just had a glass of wine, but I saw how the ""tasting"" part works as well. Next time, I'll try that. You can taste about 35 or so different wines by the ounce. They do have a Sommelier there to tell you about all the wines, if you're so inclined, otherwise they have tasting notes for everything. Tried a few items from their food menu and they were all fresh, simple, and delicious. I highly recommend the Fig & Burrata flatbread, there is nothing else like it. If you live in Santa Monica and still haven't found that neighborhood spot, this is your place. Pros: Best Wine List in Santa Monica more

IT'S FINALLY OPENED!!! 7/13/2009

It finally opened. I work in Santa Monica and have waited with great anticipation for Pourtal to open. Didn?t think it would ever happen. Pros: Great wine and food selection Cons: Some less expensive food choices more

Great atmosphere and wonderful wine selection 7/7/2009

I wandered into this new wine bar by chance and have been back many times because of the great selection of wines, the very cool wine dispensing machines that allow you to sample a number of wines inexpensively, and the stylish decor. It's a great place to take a date - very classy. The owner, who is frequently there, is a real wine buff and loves to answer questions about wine. Pros: Great wine selection, wine machines, hip decor more

Great place to try different wines & good food too. 7/7/2009

Finally there is a place to try a whole variety of wines without spending a fortune. I finally found a few wines that I really liked. The Staff is very helpful in suggesting wines to try, based upon your reaction to what you are tasting. It is a fantastic experience. Plus, there is great food to snack on while trying the wines. A totally incredible experience. more

Great place for a wine newbie 7/7/2009

I'm pretty much an idiot when it comes to wine, but the staff was very knowledgeable, and took the time to give me a few pointers. Would definitely come back. Pros: Great location, great decor more

Great place to meet friends and enjoy fabulous wine 7/4/2009

Pourtal offers a selection of fine wine for the developed and novice palette. The ambiance is inviting whether there are a lot of folks inside or not. The staff are very knowledgeable and enjoy talking about the wine but also know when not to go into detail. The food adjusts to what is available in the farmer's markets and is delicious. Overall I would recommend this place as a great meet-up place for old friends, blind dates, or a meeting spot of a group of people. The cost is truly up to the customer given that there are tastes for under $2.00 up to $10. Definitely check it out. Pros: diverse collection of wines to taste, great food, calmness more
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  • Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar is a playground for the wine enthusiast and the wine curious. Combining the traditional wine bar concept with a state-of-the-art self-service tasting room, Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar offers an exceptional wine experience that allows...

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  • The best way to learn about wine is to taste wine. That's the thinking behind this relaxing nook just a block from the bustle of Santa Monica's Promenade. (Hint: It's hidden alongside Sushi Roku's...

  • 7/28/2009 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 4pm-11pm Sat-Sun 2pm-11pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, West LA

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