10 Best Hotel Bars in Napa and Sonoma

Daniel Mangin | February 02, 2018

As befits a destination with Napa and Sonoma's agricultural bounty, "farm-to-bar" cocktails are all the rage in Northern California's Wine Country. When vino-weary travelers need a change-of-pace palate cleansing, these 10 bars oblige, often with a fabulous indoor or outdoor view. The best part is that they're all located in your hotel.


Swiss Hotel

Why it made the list

Step back in time at the Swiss’s wood-paneled bar across from Sonoma Plaza. A Hemingway relation reportedly helped create the signature Glarifee coffee drink.

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Why it made the list

The Yountville hotel's organic culinary garden supplies some of the fruit and herbs that go into the frisky seasonal cocktails at Lucy's Restaurant & Bar, where you can sip in the swank lounge or outside on the patio. Tip-top top-shelf spirits and cognac selection, too.

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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Why it made the list

Luxurious design and exclusive wines by the glass keep connoisseurs contented at the Fairmont's 38° North Lounge, a classy oasis a 10-minute drive from Sonoma Plaza.

The real draw at this Mission-style resort is the extensive, Read More


Hôtel Les Mars

Why it made the list

The bar at the opulent hotel's Chalkboard Restaurant pulls in Healdsburg locals for festive happy hours whose themes and drinks lineups change every few months, but all evening it's cocktail-lovers' heaven here.

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Archer Hotel Napa

Why it made the list

The bar at Charlie Palmer Steak in downtown Napa spills into the Archer's lobby, a new-fashioned hangout for local movers and shakers and Wine Country tourists. When the rooftop bar debuts in Spring 2018, the party moves upstairs.

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Why it made the list

Cocktails based on seasonal local produce and herbs are the specialty of the h2hotel's Spoonbar. Cantina doors that open out to the Healdsburg Avenue sidewalk enhance the convivial atmosphere.

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Why it made the list

The bartenders at the spa resort's Solbar restaurant conjure up Calistoga's most creative libations, starting with the signature Sex in the Valley cocktail. The bar bites prove equally sexy.

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Las Alcobas Napa Valley

Why it made the list

When the temperature's right, sipping a late-afternoon cocktail on Acacia House restaurant's veranda rates as one of St. Helena's supreme pleasures. The handsome decor and sink-into-it seating of the inside space invite lingering, too.

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Meadowood Napa Valley

Why it made the list

The meticulously crafted cocktails at the bar of Meadowood Napa Valley's destination restaurant complement the culinary elegance experienced in the dining room. You can also dine at the bar on exquisite "snacks" or partake of the three-course menu served there.

Founded in 1964 as a country club, Meadowood evolved into an Read More


Auberge du Soleil

Why it made the list

In good weather the cocktails at the Auberge resort's Bistro & Bar pair well with the full Napa Valley views from the lofty outdoor deck. If a chill's in the air, cozy up to the fireplace inside.

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