06/05/13 The Gaucho

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dumarche REVIEW BY: PICKUPTHEFORK Part wine bar, part cheese bar, part French bistro and part closed door Japanese restaurant, Dear Bar du Marché, here’s a big fat sloppy wet beso bienvenido to the neighborhood. Praise to the sashimi-loving charcuterie gods, this adorably charming go-to spot breaks from the Palermo Hollywood bruncheando-café Nicaragua street norm and offers a petit piece of Paris with a secret sushi sampling on the side. 
Oh, how I’ve longed for that all-in-one spot where I can grab a quick (and good tasting) morning coffee, brunch it up on the weekends, stay for the well priced and delicious lunch special-sandwich-café menu, continue the fun with a cheese and wine-filled WiFi work merienda session and extend my welcome for French inspired bistro specialties or a top sushi grade puerta cerrada dining experience. Bar du Marché is a place where wine lovers, wine wannabes and plain old winos can come together in wine-derful harmony. Sometimes I just don’t understand why a city that shows so much love for their vino tinto is really lacking in the wine bar department. Luckily this small Hollywood haven has become a quick fix for the 5′oclock afternoon wine-cheese cravings, that I’m sure overcomes us all. So what’s so great about this wine bar? It’s one of the only spots in the city that offers a large selection of carefully chosen wines by the glass, rather than wines by the bottle, with 50 different labels to be exact, a rarity in this bottle-centric town. Since most spots only offer a handful of wine choices available by the glass, it’s refreshing to have a place that specializes in the smaller sips, giving drinkers the chance for just a taster, full glass or wines by the bottle for all price ranges. They get most of their wines from Siete Spiritsa wine store neighbor that specializes in New World wines. Think a mix of Australian, New Zealand, South African wines, with some Italian and lesser known high end Argentine and Chilean wines.