I recently hit the Ugo wine bar for a friend's birthday, and loved the wine selection and laid back atmosphere.
We had a group of five, which is probably the most you'd be able to keep track of in there; it gets a little loud and crowded. There is a bar and a few tables to sit and talk at, but the fun part of Ugo is walking around and trying all the different wines.
The wine bar seems to be a good place to hang out with friends or co-workers, but may be too loud for a romantic date. The Ugo restaurant next door is a better alternative for an intimate dinner, and you can grab some gelato for dessert at the other Ugo next door. (I'm not gonna lie, I can't keep the Ugos straight, and I don't know why there's a few in a row there.)
You're on your own at the wine bar, which I think is a good thing. You just purchase a card with a set amount of money, then go pick your own array from the automated wine dispensers around the room.
The wine tastes range from $1 to $12, in the usual small serving. It's a fun challenge to see if you can spend your whole card perfectly (we had $.17 left). If you like one selection you can go back for more or buy a whole bottle; if not, dump it in the reject bucket.
My boyfriend and I shared a card with $30 and it was a pretty perfect amount -- we were satisfied, but could still drive home safely :) I would definitely recommend checking out Ugo with friends or a date!
Dec 24, 2008
Nov 30, 2010 01:05 AM UTC
About this restaurant
Ugos Wine Bar is located in Culver City, CA. They sell wine by the glass and also by the bottle, but most notably, they allow you purchase 1 oz portions of the wines using a pre-paid card. Here's how it works: the wines are dispersed around the bar in various machines, each machine with a slot for your card. Slide your card into one of the machines and place your glass under the spigget attached to a particular bottle. Push the button corresponding to that bottle and a 1 oz portion is dispensed into your glass.
The bar also has descriptions and prices for each bottle, so you know what you're getting. The 1 oz portions range in price from 71 cents to around 10 dollars.