We like a wine bar with focus. Corkbar pours almost exclusively California wines. The taps dispense only California beers, and the spirit is altogether Californian—as in, it’s mellow. Modern, airy, and with plenty of space at the bar, the place is enveloped in blond wood. Slide up for suggestions from the knowledgeable folks turning the corkscrews. As for the wines, there’s something from Amador, Temecula, and every region in between. Appellation: Downtown chic with more wood than a Spearmint Rhino. Top pour: Morgan 12 Clones pinot; it’s like drinking a baseball glove, but good. Palate cleanser: On Test Kitchen Tuesdays you are the guinea pig: Try experimental appetizers for $2. »

403 West 12th Street, Downtown, 213-746-0050. 
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