Storefront Report: Proposed Echo Park wine bar seeks city permission to start pouring

The former Echo Park wine bar known as City Sip will serve as the new home of a new wine bar called Bar Bandini, which will include indoor and outdoor seating for about 80 customers as well as live entertainment.  Well, at least that’s the plan by the owners, an entity known as JP Lippstein 2150 GP LLC. Their  proposal will be the subject of a March 18 public hearing before a Planning Department zoning administrator.

Bar Bandini wants city approval for an alcohol permit allowing it to serve beer and wine on the premises and also to sell beer and wine to-go from the Sunset Boulevard storefront near the Echo Park fire station, according to a public hearing notice.

The new wine bar would occupy a space that has  been empty for about a year since City Sip closed up shop after a makeover to attract a younger bar crowd failed to pay off.


  1. I miss City Sip. Great place to unwind.

  2. STOKED- We need more places with outdoor seating. It’s nuts.

  3. I miss city sip too. The decor was awful but the people were lovely and it was so easy to slip in for a light bite to eat.
    Zero pretension. I hope the new place retains that feeling.

  4. The City Sip people were nice and they had such a good selection of wine and food. The decor was indeed hideous as Echo Park Lady said. I really do wonder if that is what killed the place. Had they hired a talented professional designer or architect they might still be in business……..

  5. Echo Park really needs a good wine store. I have to go to Buzz to get a bottle and not feel taken. Sunset does have some wine, but their selection and pricing is off.

  6. Brandon Burkhart

    I wanted to support City Sip, but my then-girlfriend and I got terrible food poisoning after we ate a couple of their appetizers, so I never went back.

  7. I appreciate all the comments.
    If any residents or business owners
    want to show support or have
    any concerns please e-mail: jason@barbandini.com
    As a resident of Echo Park, bar bandini is here to
    serve our community.

  8. I can’t wait for my neighborhood to look like the Sunset Strip, full of drunk douche-bags from the burbs!

  9. Lou’s has a really interesting wine selection -and an inexpensive one – not too far from Echo Park. 720 N Virgil Ave, just north of Melrose.

  10. Really , to be honest, the whole concept of a ” wine bar” is silly.. I love good wine and enjoy discovering new producers and grapes, but i have yet to step into a wine bar that doesn’t feel either teachy, stuffy or just plain douchy. Can’t we have a proper wine shop that includes tastings. And if i am tasting, the last thing i want to smell is someone burping pancetta and cheese

  11. kitten face where are you

  12. Hope this place will take off like Venice Beach wines on Rose Ave.
    Please consider a different color than burgundy;
    I find that color off-putting, especially when combined with bricks (always used to think that when walking by City Sip).
    Mabye a blue or yellow? Something breezy.
    Happy hour oysters? Macaroni and cheese?

    Looking forward…

  13. For inspiration, please look to Venice Beach Wines on Rose Ave.
    Please consider a color other than burgundy- doesn’t look good with brick,
    always used to put me off when walking by City Sip.
    Mabye a light blue or yellow? Something breezy
    Happy hour oysters?
    Macaroni and Cheese?
    Looking forward…

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