Restaurant Review: Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar

Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar
Category: Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Santa Monica 

104 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7693

I recently went back to Pourtal after a few months and was pleasantly surprised by the revised Happy Hour menu and specials. They have a new Angel Shares Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4pm to 7pm, which means they donate 15% from to a different non-profit organization every week or so. They offer great $3 appetizers like olives and leaves, tater tots with chipotle aioli, mezze platter and more. And the portions weren't small either, they were enough for two people to share. You can also get $5 glasses of wine and beer as well.

And if you can't make it to happy hour by 7pm, they also offer Sunday Sunset Happy Hours from 4pm to 5pm. You get half price on red and white wines.

They also started offering "Tasting Tours" to learn not only the taste of wine, but also making it. Reservations aren't necessary, you just come in and buy a card in any amount . This is great for wine-lovers who normally wouldn't be able to afford an expensive glass of wine, but now you can because you get the perfect taste for a few bucks.

But, if you're not up for the tastings, you can still buy wine or beer by the glass and enjoy a full menu of flat breads, cheeses from Andrew's Cheese Shop, salads and trufle mac 'n cheese.