9 Best Spots for Hotel Nightlife in Sonoma County

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The Sonoma County bar scene offers everything from cozy, historical retreats to modern, sleek lounges. After the wineries are closed, these restaurants and bars beckon to visitors with their ambiance, cuisine, cocktails, and local wines.

Fresh Seasonal Cocktails and Artistic Plates

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H2hotel Spoonbar
219 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7222
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 246 reviews

Healdsburg’s Spoonbar offers artistically plated food and craft cocktails that are almost too beautiful to consume. Their “farm-to-bar” cocktails are made fresh from locally and domestically produced spirits and produce, so their concoctions change with the seasons. It’s no wonder Spoonbar was featured on the 2014 Wine Enthusiast America’s List of 100 Best Wine Restaurants. The airy atmosphere only adds to the experience. In warm weather, they even open up the “walls” to the sidewalks to create a spacious indoor/outdoor patio vibe.

Insider tip: On a hot night, order the Blood Orange Margarita for a refreshing burst of citrus flavor.

A Classic Steakhouse with an Equestrian Vibe

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MacArthur Place Saddles Steakhouse
29 East MacArthur Place
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-3191
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 220 reviews

Built on an estate that originally served as a cattle ranch, today Saddles Steakhouse offers classic wine country elegance in a restored 19th century barn. Located a few blocks from the Sonoma Plaza, Saddles Steakhouse is the place to go for a steak dinner with a side of equestrian charm. You can actually sit on a saddle when you’re in the bar! Locals rave about the filet mignon and prime rib. They also have fabulous clams and mussels, as well as vegetarian options. No wonder this gem received Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”.

Insider tip: Stop by the bar to ask Bob the bartender to make you a fresh cocktail, especially if you’re a martini fan.

Old-School Charm

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Swiss Hotel
18 West Spain Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-2884
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 159 reviews

The Swiss Hotel is a historical landmark with roots dating back to 1850. Originally a part of the dwellings built by General Vallejo, this adobe came to be used as a hotel stagecoach stop in the 1870’s. Today, the Swiss Hotel and Restaurant offers rustic charm and Italian comfort food to those visiting Sonoma Plaza.

The restaurant bar at Swiss Hotel has remained virtually the same since 1909. Take a look at the photos on the wood-paneled walls. You’ll see some of the faces who have stopped by over the many years, a charming combination of celebrities and locals alike. If the bar is full, enjoy your drinks al fresco at one of the sidewalk tables lining the square.

Insider tip: Order their signature drink, the Glarifee—an iced chocolate coffee cocktail.

Sophisticated Modern Style

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El Dorado Kitchen
405 1st Street W
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-3030
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 584 reviews

Conveniently located on Sonoma Plaza, El Dorado Kitchen’s modern, sleek cocktail lounge offers contemporary farm-to-table cuisine as well as an array of beverages. They have an extensive list of California and European wines, handcrafted cocktails, and a selection of artisan craft beers. Enjoy lounging by the fireplace or venture outdoors to enjoy the stone courtyard. Their famous truffle fries are not to be missed.

Insider tip: Try the Pear-Ly Legal, one of their many cleverly-named cocktails, a refreshing mix of vodka, pear schnapps, ginger, and lemon.

Contemporary California

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Carneros Bistro
1325 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 931-2042
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 193 reviews

Carneros Bistro, at The Lodge at Sonoma, offers fresh farm-to-table cuisine sourced from nearby farmers, as well as from their own gardens. With California wine, fresh cocktails, and craft beer, Carneros Bistro offers something for everyone. Their warm, inviting dining room is the perfect spot to unwind after your day in Sonoma. Sit at the bar to watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen.

Insider tip: Craving something sweet? The bar offers a late night dessert menu featuring seasonal shortbread and daily flavors of sorbet.

A Hidden Gem

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Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Bar
1 Double Tree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 584-5466
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 2 reviews

This spot features classic American cuisine and locally sourced food, and transforms at night for a warm and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy cocktails or a glass of wine by the fireplace in the cozy lounge.

  Insider tip: Plan to arrive early enough to enjoy your evening before the restaurant closes at 10 p.m.

Ocean Views and Old-School Charm

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Ocean Cove Lodge Bar & Grill
23255 North Coast Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
(707) 847-3158
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 48 reviews

After a day of tasting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Fort Ross, stop by Ocean Cove Lodge Bar & Grill for fresh coastal cuisine and traditional pub fare. This laid-back bar and grill is a favorite for fresh seafood and cocktails. Order the fish tacos or try the Cod Po’Boy, and stay for a while to enjoy the stunning ocean views.

Insider tip: Sidle up to the bar for the best views (and to mingle with friendly locals).

Small Plates and Wine Flights

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29 North Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 473-8030
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 270 reviews

Chalkboard is a Healdsburg gem featuring small plates, local wine flights, and inventive cocktails. As the name suggests, the menu changes daily—a reflection of the locally-sourced ingredients and fresh produce from their three-acre garden. Beautifully dished small plates are served up in the warm, contemporary atmosphere. Regulars go wild for the Pork Belly Biscuits and the Short Rib Sliders.

Insider tip: After dinner, order the “Healthy Breakfast”—a sophisticated donut dessert!

New American Cuisine

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Geyserville Grille
21714 Geyserville Ave
Geyserville, CA 95441
(707) 857-3264
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 39 reviews

The Geyserville Grille offers traditional American cuisine and small plates in a beautiful, relaxing setting. Owned and operated by the Christensen Family, the recently remodeled restaurant offers modern dining rooms and outdoor seating options on the deck and garden patio. Order the Prawn salad for a refreshing dish of mixed greens, avocado, and mango or try the Portobello Mushroom Grilled Sandwich.

Insider tip: If you’re visiting on the weekend, no need to worry about missing happy hour. Theirs runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

After a day of wine tasting, find the perfect spot to unwind and relax for the evening. Have you imbibed at any of these hot spots?