There are so many different ways that you can choose to explore Santa Monica—take a coastal hike, throw a picnic at the beach, stroll down the boardwalk. If you’re hoping to skip all of that activity in favor of something a little more sedentary, we’d suggest spending an afternoon at one of the city’ best wine bars. You may not be out and about in the California sun, but your taste buds will get a tour of the region’s most prized products.

Bodega Wine Bar

Bodega Wine Bar’s dim lights and cozy couches make it the perfect spot for a romantic night out, or for a casual get together with girlfriends. It has an extensive, affordable wine list, with a dinner menu that centers around small plates—regulars rave about the brie and fig grilled cheese sandwich, and the hummus and pita platter. Bodega Wine Bar: 814 Broadway; 310-394-3504

Sonoma Wine Garden

When it comes to Southern California dining, there’s really nothing better than a breezy rooftop patio. Unless that breezy rooftop patio also includes bottomless mimosas at brunch, and killer ocean views. As far as Santa Monica restaurants go, you can safely call Sonoma Wine Garden a triple threat. Sonoma Wine Garden: 395 Santa Monica Blvd #300; 424-214-4560

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

Michelin-acclaimed chef Jeremy Fox joined Rustic Canyon in 2015, transforming it into a destination for those looking to dine simply and seasonally. Fox sources the majority of his ingredients from small, local farmers, ranchers and vintners, which means his menu frequently changes. Upscale, yet casual, Rustic Canyon pays tribute to the beauty and bounty of Southern California. Rustic Canyon Wine Bar: 1119 Wilshire Blvd; 310-393-7050

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

Nestled in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood, Local Kitchen & Bar serves up handcrafted, neapolitan style pizzas, exceptional wines, and creative, small batch cocktails. Featuring a gorgeous copper bar, exposed brick walls, and a central, wood-burning oven, this popular Santa Monica restaurant feels modern, welcoming and warm. Local Kitchen & Wine Bar: 1736 Ocean Park Blvd; 310-396-9007