Housed inside a refurbished art-deco building from the 1930s, Esters, part of the Rustic Canyon family, is a beautifully decorated wine bar and eatery in the heart of Santa Monica. With over 250 wine selections curated by co-owner and acclaimed sommelier Kathryn Coker, Esters' rotating, seasonally-inspired lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus help showcase California’s best ingredients. The upscale, yet cozy locale is perfect for private wine tastings, cocktail receptions, baby showers, engagement parties and more. An adjoining marketplace also offers gift boxes and artisanal goodies perfect for party favors. The outdoor patio seats 50 and is available for half or full buy-outs, with a full buy-out of the shop accommodating 120 guests.
RETAIL WINE AREA (HALF PATIO)
Accommodates up to 25 guests
Accommodates up to 120 guests in this cocktail style event space
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The main room is a bright, open space with a 20-seat, U-shaped, white terrazzo bar. A large, beaded crystal chandelier hangs above white marble bistro tables, farmed by a dark turquoise banquette and light charcoal upholstered-chairs. The wine inventory is displayed on floor-to-ceiling racks crafted from stained white oak and steel. 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. The wine cellar is situated near a cozy nook with a rich green velvet loveseat, linen-clad chairs, and a white marble coffee table.
Guests can also enjoy the California sunshine on an enclosed patio with colorful, white and jade green tile-topped tables, which is also heated and tented during the cooler months.
A community gathering place, Esters offers: weekly Sunday tastings with different themes, guest sommelier nights on Mondays, monthly guest chef burger nights on Tuesdays, flower workshops, book signing events, and more.
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