This sleek, modern Paseo bôite (hiding behind P.F. Chang’s) is bright by day and dark by night, with flickering candles providing not quite enough light to read the appealing menu. It’s a fine spot for a drink and a bite before a movie, and it’s a fun place to try lesser-known wines from around the world. They’re all the same price — $9 a glass, $24 a carafe, $32 a bottle — which encourages trying something new. The early evening brings a mixed-age crowd, but it gets younger after 10 p.m., when the dance-beat music gets cranked up. Great happy hour: Wines drop to $6 a glass, carafes and bottles are discounted more, and small plates are just $5.
Paseo Colorado, 260 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.793.4300, bodegawinebar.com, Wine bar. Daily from 5 p.m. Beer & wine. MC, V. $-$$