Owner Chris Weiss brought his New York- and Miami-based beer and wine bar to Abbot Kinney in 2005. The candle-lit room has high-ceilings buttressed by iron posts, and cushioned couches fill a more private room in the back. Paintings for sale by local artists decorate the exposed brick walls, and exhibits change with the seasons. The beverage menu is scribbled on a chalkboard above the bar area, with a rotating selection of 56 microbrews. There are also 44 wines from 23 countries, as well as champagne and sake. Venice Beach residents and their guests go to the head of the often long outdoor line by showing identification.