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Wally's Wines

447 N. Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, California
Wally's Beverly Hills is a giant wine shop/restaurant/bar/retail operation, and it shares ownership with the wine shop of the same name. Wally's the store, in Westwood, has long been the largest independent wine retailer on the West Coast and is known for its massive selection and celebrity clientele. The vinoteca portion is incredibly appealing in its look and feel; there are walls of wine that reach to high ceilings, and long, thick marble tables that run through the center of the open-plan room, flanked by a bar in one space, a cheese counter in another and more walls of wine acting as dividers here and there. It feels vibrant and alive, a place to join friends to drink wine and nibble on cheese. There are ladies lunching, Hollywood agents conducting business and well-dressed women with tiny dogs. If Beverly Hills were a high school, this could be its tony cafeteria. The people-watching is top-notch. Read our full review."

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