Esters Wine Shop & Bar Est. 2015

1314 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States

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Esters presents an integrated wine shop, bar, and market experience in Santa Monica, California.
Esters invites guests to browse the wine collection, while sipping on a glass of Champagne, spend an evening leisurely exploring new vintages to pair with cheese, charcuterie, and composed dishes, enjoy a wine tasting class, or stock up for a dinner party at home.
The Lowdown
Type
Bar / Club / Lounge
Historic Building
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Cityscape
Street
Style
Art Deco
Elegant
Fanciful
Sophisticated
Whimsical
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Holiday Party
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

As a member of the Rustic Canyon Family, Esters is a partnership between restaurateurs Josh Loeb & Zoe Nathan and the group’s Wine Director Kathryn Coker and her husband, Tug. It’s a cozy, yet stylish, Santa Monica wine shop and bar where you can come for a glass of champagne and a meal, buy a special bottle for a friend, stock your wine cellar or all of the above. Tucked inside a beautifully refurbished 1937 Art Deco building, our retail area features floor to ceiling racks of wine focused on smaller producers (whose stories we know and love) as well as a separate room for high-end finds to add to your private collection.

We offer a full menu for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch that changes seasonally, with a delicious array of meats and cheeses curated by our “little kitchen that could.” Executive Chef Jessica Liu-He and the culinary team are committed to sourcing local fish, meats from high-quality producers, and they make as much as possible in house.

Grab-n-Go options include house-made sandwiches, loaves of fresh baked bread from sister restaurant Milo & Olive, and a handful of specialty products from friends and suppliers whose work inspires us. Join us at our bar or on our patio for a bite to eat and a great of glass wine, classic stirred cocktail or artisanal beer. Enjoy a flight during our weekly Sunday tastings, or come by and shop for your next wine and cheese party. We look forward to having you!

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Additional Charges

All pricing exclusive of tax and 20% service charge.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
90
Buffet
N/A
Standing
120
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2015
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
No Amplified Music Allowed
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Amenities
  • Street Parking
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Esters, which derives its name from the chemical compounds that contribute to a wine’s bouquet, is a wine shop, bar and market experience in Santa Monica, CA, appealing to both shoppers on-the-go and guests lingering over intriguing wine and food. Co-Owner & RC Family Wine Director Kathryn Coker, a veteran of Rustic Canyon, and her husband, Tug, join Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan (the team behind Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry Bakery & Café, Milo & Olive, Sweet Rose Creamery, Cassia and Tallula’s) in this project. The hyper-seasonal menu for lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch is meant to pair with Kathryn's fun and eclectic selection of 250-plus wines. Esters invites guests to browse the wine collection, while sipping on a glass of Champagne, spend an evening leisurely exploring new vintages to pair with cheese, charcuterie and composed dishes, enjoy a wine tasting class or stock up for a dinner party at home.
 
Design:
Esters is located in the historic Telephone Building in downtown Santa Monica, a 1937 Art Deco landmark, next door to the Rustic Canyon Family's sister spot, Cassia. Designed by L.A.-based Oonagh Ryan Architects (ORA), the intimate and elegant wine bar/retail hybrid integrates both aspects seamlessly, pairing modern motifs with an eclectic mix of new and vintage furnishings. A 20-seat, U-shaped bar anchors the 1,600-square-foot space and features a hand-plastered front with decorative molding and a fluted terrazzo and brass counter, next to a custom wood and steel communal table with a large, beaded crystal chandelier hanging overhead. The wine inventory is displayed on floor-to-ceiling racks crafted from stained white oak and steel, while vintage or custom-designed tables, chairs and accessories contribute to the festive vibe of a Parisian flea market. Steel-framed windows salvaged from the landmark building have been gracefully repurposed into an enclosure for the high-end wine cellar, situated near a cozy nook with a rich green velvet loveseat, linen-clad chairs and a white marble coffee table. The enclosed patio features colorful, tile-topped tables and seats 40. 
Standout Venue Features:
With over 250 different wines in the shop, the team is able to craft unique, private wine tastings and pairings for your party. We also do off-site events, where we can do wine tastings and bring a selection of cheese, charcuterie and oysters.  
Extra Perks:
In addition to Esters' own food, we're also able to tap our sister restaurants to further enhance your private event, like pastries and desserts from Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe or fresh ice cream from Sweet Rose Creamery
Awards & Notables Co-Owner and RC Family Wine Director Kathryn Coker was honored by Wine Enthusiast as one of their “40 Under 40 Tastemakers” in 2016 and was one of Food & Wine’s “2017 Sommeliers of the Year.”  She's also been featured as a wine expert in Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Seven Fifty Daily and more.  
Los Angeles Times, "The Woman Behind Esters - The Best Wine Bar in Southern California"
Robb Report, "The Elegant Wine Shop Serving a Boozy Brunch"
Food & Wine, "How to Think Like a Wine Pro"
Angeleno, "The Best Wine Shops in Town"
Decanter, "Top LA Wine Bars as chosen by Ray Isle"
Eater Los Angeles, "Fantastic Wine Bars to Sip, Swirl, and Drink in Los Angeles"
USA Today, "Al Fresco Dining in America's Food Cities"
Wine Enthusiast, "Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers 2016"
Zagat, "LA's 10 Best New Happy-Hour Bites"
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Rustic Canyon’s award-winning Chef Jeremy Fox first developed Esters’ hyper-seasonal menu to complement Kathryn’s eclectic wine selections. Executive Chef Jessica Liu He carries on that vision, with a commitment to sourcing local fish, meats from high-quality regional producers and making as much as possible in house, from the corned brisket and fermented sauerkraut to the pickles and mustards in the sandwiches. At 170 square feet, “the little kitchen that could” offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, in addition to a variety of cheeses and cured meats from boutique salumerias across the country. 

The shop has become known for its epic Grilled Cheese, made with reading, provolone, reggiano and bechamel, served with a spicy, red pepper jam. Other highlights include a Chicken Liver Tartine, more composed plates like Crispy Chicken Confit, and during weekend brunch, a Cornmeal Waffle with Bavarian cream and seasonal berries.  
Bars & Lounges:
The broad and eclectic wine list at Esters emphasizes small producers and boutique wineries from around the globe, whose stories Kathryn and Tug know and love. Kathryn has judiciously assembled a list of more than 250 selections that includes great Burgundies (her personal soft spot), Grower Champagnes and funky biodynamic wines produced by little-known winemakers from Santa Barbara to Sicily. Most of the bottles displayed throughout the store are priced from $20 to $75, with a high-end wine room showcasing bottles priced above $75. At least 15 wines are poured by the glass at any given time, and Kathryn is never shy about opening a new bottle. Highlights include 2012 Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligote, NV Domaine Robert Sérol Cote Roannaise “Turbullent” sparkling rosé from the Loire Valley, and 2013 Soliste Narcisse Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast. The atmosphere at Esters is about fun without any pretension, and the list accommodates connoisseurs and novices, alongside a wide range of budgets. With its prominent, spacious bar and communal tables, the cozy and stylish vibe encourages a social atmosphere for exploring new flavor profiles with friends and family. 
 
To complement the extensive wine offerings, Esters also offers a thoughtfully curated selection of craft beers and specialty imports from around the world. The cocktail program features classic, stirred drinks like Gibsons, house-bottled Manhattans, and barrel-aged Negronis, alongside more contemporary creations like the Matrimonio with lemon, mint, tequila and prosecco, and the brunch-friendly Chile Coffee Negroni —all made with premium spirits from craft distilleries.
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