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 Spirits, a
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.