How can you compare restaurant prices to retail wine prices? Restaurant prices are commonly 2-3x retail prices as a standard matter.
I mean, I would love to drink $35 bottles of good wine at restaurants, but what restaurants even have them? I don't think I've ever seen a bottle that low in LA unless it's some kind of really lowball stuff that is on a menu somewhere in Thai Town or something... maybe that's what you're referring to, as opposed to places like Bestia, Sotto, Republique, etc...?
Put another way, I'd like to know some of these magical places you're drinking at, other than your couch, to which I presume I am unable to get a table lol