My girlfriend and I have a very bad habit of deciding to head out to dinner after 10 PM in LA, during the week. It seems most places close their kitchens at 10 or 11, leaving a surprisingly limited amount of late-night, fine dining choices. While searching for what our options were on a recent Sunday night, we saw a listing for Wally’s in Beverly Hills as serving until 2 AM. Recalling the name as a classic LA liquor store, we decided to head over to a deserted stretch of Canon Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills to check it out.

Wally's Beverly Hills
Wally’s on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills

We were greeted by walls of wine, and a very friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Immediately welcomed by one of the bartenders (a key first impression for me) we were promptly presented with a menu, wine list, cocktail list and smile. I’ll be writing more about my experience, but it was delicious. We had a ham and cheese sandwich (with appropriately fancy bread, ham, cheese and mustard) along with a charcuterie plate of Manchego cheddar, Jamon Serrano and Prosciutto di Parma.

A delicious charcuterie plate

These were all joined by a terrific 2010 Leaf Bordeaux from Saint-Emilion. Not cheap at $26 per glass, it was worth every penny and reminded us of the difference between great and good wine. Overall delicious food, friendly service, a cool crowd; a wonderful discovery as a late-night dining option in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Drinking wine
Enjoying my Saint-Emilion Bordeaux