Cocktail Hour in Sonoma County: 4 Fun Choices

Let’s here it for the Cocktail Hour! That bastion of the Fifties is back in fashion and being embraced by bars and restaurants here in Sonoma County. Grab a friend or group and head to one of these top watering holes for a cool drink, a tasty nibble, and good conversation.

Photo: Joseph Gonzalez/UnSplash

Photo: Joseph Gonzalez/UnSplash

Art meets artisan cocktails at Barndiva’s Gallery Bar in Healdsburg. Classic mixes star along with specials, such as “Let the dogs In,” a cool concoction that includes gin, elderflower liquor, aperol, and grapefruit bitters. Enjoy it with elegant bistro fare created from farm fresh ingredients.
231 Center Street, Healdsburg
707-431-0100
Wednesday – Sunday, from 3:00 p.m.

Listen up, whiskey fans, Stark’s Steak and Seafood in Santa Rosa has more than sixty brands at the bar. Add to that, superb mixed drinks, great-priced small bites, and a comfortable clubby atmosphere and you’ll see why this spot is always hopping.
521 Adams Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-5100
Happy Hour: Monday – Saturday, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sure, you can order a glass of wine or beer at Duke’s Spirited Cocktails, but you’d be missing all the fun of trying one of their “farm-to-glass” specialty drinks. Seasonally-based and super-inspired, the drinks feature fruit vinegars, purees, and herbs. Nibbles include rosemary mixed nuts and—not typical bar food—an ice cream sandwich!
111 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1060
Happy Hour: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If your tastes go more South-of-the-Border, head to Maya Restaurant in Sonoma. There you can enjoy a tequila flight and Happy Hour fare, such as tacos and Panucho—a delish stuffed tostada.
101 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-935-3500
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

These are but four of oh-so-many wonderful and fun places you can go! Stay at our Wine Country Inns and you can check with your Innkeeper for even more great places to wine, dine and play.

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