Drinking wine is an activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and two feet taller than they actually are. Today’s Groupon prolongs the non-truths with $50 worth of wine and beer for $25 at 55 Degree Wine, voted 2009 Best Los Angeles Wine Bar by Citysearchers.
Modest décor and location allow the 500-plus bottles in this well-stocked shop to take center stage. Whether you’re seeking an ideal full-bodied holiday pour or an appropriate housewarming gift, experts are always on hand and eager to educate and listen to your relationship problems. Most bottles range between $7 and $100 and include tastes from around the world (most are from Italy, but you'll also find sips from Argentina, Portugal, Spain, and Australia). After finalizing your selection, disappear downstairs in the store’s underground tasting room. Veiled by candlelight, you’ll sip special weekly sommelier selections in the secret, subterranean space previously occupied by a charming race of mole men.
Unlike tequila shots and shotgunned root-beer floats, wine is a slow sip, making it a more enjoyable libation. Plus, wine can help you reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and progression of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Get this Groupon to stock up on holiday bottles, impress an oenophile relative, or mature your palate.
- Well i went with my girlfriend, to try this new place out and it was great. The place is nice and intimate but small. The flights arent expensive and the staff were REAL REAL freindly and imformative. – Ralph02, Citysearch
- I bought some of the BEST beers here. The people that run it are super friendly and they have a secret wine tasting room down stairs. Like the bat cave. – Rob D., LA Hot List
- 55 Degree has incredible wine (and a friendly, knowledgable sommerlier to boot), amazing cheese plates, a cool underground atmosphere (literally), and a truly nice staff. – lyad L., LA Hot List
Why Wine is Best at Fifty-Five Degrees
55 Degree Wine is so named because 55 degrees is the ideal temperature to store wine. Here’s a look at the adverse effects of storing wine at warmer temperatures:
56˚: If swallowed, the wine causes nightmares about sea captains who look like Dad.
57˚: The wine switches from red to white, or vice-versa.
58˚: The wine becomes angry and shatters its bottle from within.
59˚: The wine grants its drinker unlimited physical strength, but only while it is held in the mouth.
60˚: Miraculously, will not cause a stain if spilled.
61˚: Ants begin living in the wine.
62˚: Confidence-boosting property of the wine is increased, but so is fear of growing old.
63˚: The wine will literally freeze if shouted at.
64˚: The wine will turn into a colorful, poisonous balm.
65˚: This is how they drank it in the ’80s.
66˚: Basically as good as 55˚, but hotter.
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55 Degree Wine
Cozy candlelight and flickering lanterns cast soft shadows in 55 Degree Wine’s cellar, where waiters eagerly pair customers’ palates with weekly rotating wines. Featured on Best of LA Weekly in 2012 for its wine program, the winery stocks more than 2,000 labels, of which up to 60 are spotlighted in the cellar’s monthly lineup of pours. Though most vintages are Italian, ambrosias from Europe, South America, and other far-flung climes find homes in the shop after being tasted and approved by store owners. The thermostat, appropriately set to 55 degrees, helps keep elixirs fresh and patrons comfortable, but guests may wish to bring a sweater or particularly affectionate bear.