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  • 1. Alexander Valley Bar

    Bars/Pubs

    When the Medlock Ames winery opened its tasting room in a former country store, the deal included the adjoining bar, which after remodeling...

    When the Medlock Ames winery opened its tasting room in a former country store, the deal included the adjoining bar, which after remodeling gained the feel of a postmodern speakeasy. The artisanal cocktails at this spot, whose other pluses include its vineyard-view outdoor patio, often incorporate fruit and herbs from the on-site organic garden.

    3487 Alexander Valley Rd., at W. Sausal La., Healdsburg, California, 95448, USA
    707-431–1904

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Wed.
  • 2. Bergamot Alley

    Bars/Pubs

    The welcoming vibe of the largely under-30 crowd at this retro-hip but chill wine-and-beer bar is exceeded only by that of the charming hosts...

    The welcoming vibe of the largely under-30 crowd at this retro-hip but chill wine-and-beer bar is exceeded only by that of the charming hosts. Congeniality aside, the other draws here include the craft brews on tap, the change-of-pace selection of international wines (nothing from California), and the live-music, movie, and other event nights.

    328 Healdsburg Ave., at North St., Healdsburg, California, 95448, USA
    707-433–8720
  • 3. Ernie's Tin Bar

    Bars/Pubs

    Ramshackle Ernie's shares a corrugated tin building with a frozen-in-time roadside garage, with part of the bar actually in the garage. Mounted...

    Ramshackle Ernie's shares a corrugated tin building with a frozen-in-time roadside garage, with part of the bar actually in the garage. Mounted stag heads and a toothy wild boar watch over this rural-neighborhood hangout with a long, narrow bar, a patio outside, and Pliny the Elder and another 20 or so brews on tap. Signs everywhere ban cellphone use, though patrons and even staffers occasionally flout them.

    5100 Lakeville Hwy., , California, 94954, USA
    707-762–2075
  • 4. Bear Republic Brewing Company

    Bars/Pubs

    Lovers of the brew make pilgrimages to Bear Republic to sample the flagship Racer 5 IPA, the Hop Rod Rye, the mighty Big Bear Black Stout, and...

    Lovers of the brew make pilgrimages to Bear Republic to sample the flagship Racer 5 IPA, the Hop Rod Rye, the mighty Big Bear Black Stout, and many other offerings at this craft-brew pioneer. The brewery's spacious pub is an okay stop for a casual lunch or dinner—all kinds of burgers (beef, portobello, veggie, and more), chili, pastas, and artisanal-cheese and charcuterie plates. In warm weather there's often a wait for the seats outdoors, but there's usually room inside.

    345 Healdsburg Ave., at North St., Healdsburg, California, 95448, USA
    707-433–2337
  • 5. Blue Note Napa

    Live Music

    The famed New York jazz room's intimate West Coast club hosts national headliners such as Kenny Garrett, KT Tunstall, and Jody Watley. There...

    The famed New York jazz room's intimate West Coast club hosts national headliners such as Kenny Garrett, KT Tunstall, and Jody Watley. There's a full bar, and you can order a meal or small bites from the kitchen. The larger JaM Cellars Ballroom upstairs books similar artists.

    Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa, California, 94559, USA
    707-603–1258
  • 6. Cadet Wine + Beer Bar

    Wine Bars

    Cadet plays things urban-style cool with a long bar, high-top tables, and a low-lit, generally loungelike feel. When they opened their bar,...

    Cadet plays things urban-style cool with a long bar, high-top tables, and a low-lit, generally loungelike feel. When they opened their bar, the two owners described their outlook as "unabashedly pro-California," but their wine-and-beer lineup circles the globe. The crowd here is youngish, the vibe festive.

    930 Franklin St., Napa, California, 94559, USA
    707-224–4400

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.
  • 7. Duke's Spirited Cocktails

    Bars/Pubs

    Fruity and savory "farm-to-bar" cocktails, many powered by local artisanal spirits and organically farmed ingredients, are among the specialties...

    Fruity and savory "farm-to-bar" cocktails, many powered by local artisanal spirits and organically farmed ingredients, are among the specialties of this bar on Healdsburg Plaza's northern periphery. The old-school-in-a-fresh-setting vibe suits the inventive libations, but the owner-mixologists who run this happening hangout fashion the classics with equal aplomb.

    111 Plaza St., Healdsburg, California, 95448, USA
    707-431–1060
  • 8. El Barrio

    Bars/Pubs

    Mescal and classic tequila margaritas are the mainstays of this bar—a festive spot to begin or end the evening or to park yourself while waiting...

    Mescal and classic tequila margaritas are the mainstays of this bar—a festive spot to begin or end the evening or to park yourself while waiting for a table at owner Crista Luedtke's nearby boon eat + drink. The Barrio Frances (top-shelf rye, cognac, vermouth, Bénédictine, and bitters) and more fanciful creations also await at this serape-chic watering hole.

    16230 Main St., near Church St., Guerneville, California, 95446, USA
    707-604–7601

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues.
  • 9. Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge

    Bars/Pubs

    Two doors down from Diavola pizzeria (same ownership), this long, skinny bar in Geyserville's Odd Fellows Building wows locals and tourists...

    Two doors down from Diavola pizzeria (same ownership), this long, skinny bar in Geyserville's Odd Fellows Building wows locals and tourists with Sazeracs, Gibsons, and other classic cocktails and a bar menu of international comfort food. Hardwood floors, exposed brick, taxidermied animals, and contempo lighting set the mood at this cool spot.

    21025 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville, California, 95441, USA
    707-814–0036
  • 10. Incavo Wine Lounge & Collective

    Wine Bars

    A smart-casual wine bar with a heated outdoor patio, Incavo pours selections by the glass, flight, or bottle from a dozen-plus boutique wineries...

    A smart-casual wine bar with a heated outdoor patio, Incavo pours selections by the glass, flight, or bottle from a dozen-plus boutique wineries. Winemakers of renown are represented but also low-profile producers. If you get hungry, you can order off the menu at nearby (and often crowded) Central Market restaurant for delivery to your table at Incavo.

    100 Petaluma Blvd. N, , California, 94952, USA
    707-789–0505
  • 11. JaM Cellars

    Wine Bars

    Although it opens at 10 am daily for wine tasting, evening is the best time to visit this fun tasting room, especially during live-music events...

    Although it opens at 10 am daily for wine tasting, evening is the best time to visit this fun tasting room, especially during live-music events, mostly pop, rock, and soul. The California editions of JaM Butter Chardonnay and JaM Cabernet are sold nationally, but the subtler Napa Valley versions are only available here.

    1460 1st St., near School St., Napa, California, 94559, USA
    707-265–7577
  • 12. La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge

    Wine Bars

    Sahar Gharai's downtown wine bar highlights boutique producers worldwide. You can sip by the glass or order a themed flight, perhaps of whites...

    Sahar Gharai's downtown wine bar highlights boutique producers worldwide. You can sip by the glass or order a themed flight, perhaps of whites and reds from Italy or comparing Sauvignon Blancs from France, New Zealand, and Mendocino. The kitchen turns out small bites, pizzas, soups, and sandwiches. Two good times to come are at happy hour (3–5 pm) and when classic movies screen (check website or Facebook).

    151 Petaluma Blvd. S, Suite 117, Petaluma, California, 94952, USA
    707-763–6363

    Nightlife Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 13. Russian River Brewing Company

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    It's all about Belgian-style ales, "aggressively hopped California ales," and barrel-aged beers at this famous brewery's Santa Rosa pub. The...

    It's all about Belgian-style ales, "aggressively hopped California ales," and barrel-aged beers at this famous brewery's Santa Rosa pub. The legendary lineup includes Pliny the Elder (and Younger, but only in February), Blind Pig IPA, Supplication sour (aged 12 months in used Pinot Noir barrels), and many more. A second, larger pub (more seats, more beers) operates out of RRBC's production facility in Windsor.

    725 4th St., Santa Rosa, California, 95404, USA
    707-545–2337
  • 14. Sigh!

    Wine Bars

    From the oval bar and walls the color of a fine Blanc de Blancs to retro chandeliers that mimic champagne bubbles, everything about this sparkling...

    From the oval bar and walls the color of a fine Blanc de Blancs to retro chandeliers that mimic champagne bubbles, everything about this sparkling-wine bar's frothy space screams "have a good time." That owner Jayme Powers and her posse are trained in the fine art of sabrage (opening a bottle of sparkling with a saber) only adds to the festivity. Sigh! opens at noon, so it's a good daytime stop, too.

    120 W. Napa St., Sonoma, California, 95476, USA
    707-996–2444
  • 15. Starling Bar Sonoma

    Bars/Pubs

    Chat up the locals at this neighborhood hangout with a welcoming vibe and bartenders slinging the classics and craft cocktails, some of whose...

    Chat up the locals at this neighborhood hangout with a welcoming vibe and bartenders slinging the classics and craft cocktails, some of whose ingredients are grown out back. Signature drinks include the Starling Mule, with ginger beer made in-house, vodka, lime, and whiskey bitters. The bar hosts live music and other events on some nights.

    19380 Hwy. 12, Sonoma, California, 95476, USA
    707-938–7442
  • 16. Stone Brewing Napa

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Southern California–based Stone Brewing transformed a long-abandoned 1877 Italian Renaissance–style structure into an energetic two-story brew...

    Southern California–based Stone Brewing transformed a long-abandoned 1877 Italian Renaissance–style structure into an energetic two-story brew pub and restaurant. The beers and ales, some made on-site, run the gamut from extremely light to a stout so dark and sultry it could substitute for espresso. The large outdoor patio, the place to be if the weather's right, looks west across the Napa River to Main Street and beyond.

    930 3rd St., Napa, California, 94559, USA
    707-252–2337
  • 17. Susie's Bar

    Bars/Pubs

    Calistoga's entrant in the dive-bar sweepstakes is on the demure side, but it's a good place to toss back a top-shelf cocktail or a local brew...

    Calistoga's entrant in the dive-bar sweepstakes is on the demure side, but it's a good place to toss back a top-shelf cocktail or a local brew at well below resort prices after other nightspots have thrown in the bar towel.

    1365 Lincoln Ave., at Washington St., Calistoga, California, 94515, USA
    707-942–6710
  • 18. Swiss Hotel

    Bars/Pubs

    Head to the hotel's frozen-in-time wood-paneled watering hole for a blast of Glariffee, a cold and potent cousin to Irish coffee that a relation...

    Head to the hotel's frozen-in-time wood-paneled watering hole for a blast of Glariffee, a cold and potent cousin to Irish coffee that a relation of Ernest Hemingway supposedly had a hand in creating. The only person who knows the recipe keeps it locked in a safe deposit box.

    18 W. Spain St., Sonoma, California, 95476, USA
    707-938–2884
  • 19. The Big Easy

    Live Music

    The music club of the Speakeasy Bistro presents live music—rock, big band, jazz, country, folk, and several other genres. A good strategy for...

    The music club of the Speakeasy Bistro presents live music—rock, big band, jazz, country, folk, and several other genres. A good strategy for getting a seat is to order dinner from the Speakeasy for delivery to your Big Easy table. The club serves well-selected wines and craft beers.

    128 American Alley, , California, 94952, USA
    707- 776–4631
  • 20. The Saint

    Wine Bars

    This high-ceilinged downtown wine bar benefits from the grandeur and gravitas of its setting inside a stone-walled late-19th-century former...

    This high-ceilinged downtown wine bar benefits from the grandeur and gravitas of its setting inside a stone-walled late-19th-century former bank. Lit by chandeliers and decked out in contemporary style with plush sofas and chairs and Lucite stools at the bar, it's a classy, loungelike space to expand your enological horizons comparing the many small-lot Napa Valley wines on offer with their counterparts in France and beyond. There's live or DJ music some nights.

    1351 Main St. , St. Helena, California, 94574, USA
    707-302–5130

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