Bodega Wine Bar
Santa Monica, CA 90401
verdict: tasty, try it!
i dig this place. the ambience is just right with a few good nooks and crannies for you to hide in....pretty darn good nooks i must say because when my friend and i were there last, we saw this couple full on just making out right across from our own friendly nook. it was amusing because we proceeded to have a deep discussion about how the dude was going to eat his margherita pizza with boobs in his face...or the fact that everybody around us was TRYING not to stare but did anyways. maybe they liked it.... *shrug*
other than people watching, it's a great place to hang out with friends because it's just cozy enough AND there's always space. i've gone there on different nights of the week and it never seems to get too crowded. you will always be able to find a place to plop down.
the wines are decent and i like the standard rate of $8 per glass. they should try to get a reisling though. if your stomach grumbles, i suggest ordering their bruschetta or their prosciutto di parma which goes well with their whites. you can valet your car or you can find metered parking on lincoln. meters are free after 6.