There are some amazing Sonoma County happy hours. Many of them are upscale and serving craft cocktails, gourmet small bites and more. Some of my favorite restaurants draw crowds from 3-6 p.m. in an effort to get customers to stick around for dinner, or at least to try some top shelf alcohol. Here are 4 of my favorite places to spend an afternoon and evening:
- Front Room at John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, 527-7687
Happy Hour is 4-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 3-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
I love to sink into one of the leather seats and nibble on tasty small plates while savoring well-crafted cocktails. Here you can rub elbows with the hotel’s chic clientele, politicos and pinstriped professionals.
- Barndiva Studio Bar
237 Center St., Healdsburg, 431-0100
Happy Hour begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
If you’re looking for a Wine Country experience, you have to try this upscale happy hour. Sipping cocktails and eating bistro bites inside this eclectic gallery of performance and visual art should be on everyone’s bucket list and a must-do in Healdsburg. Chef Ryan Fancher’s restaurant vision has been adapted to a more casual bistro model with small plates of charcuterie and other apps. Barndiva has opened up the beautifully curated space to sip craft cocktails and be one of the beautiful people.
- The County Bench
535 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, 535-0700
Happy Hour takes place Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m.
Who wouldn’t want to sample the delicious fare from Michelin-starred chef Bruce Frieseke (Applewood, Bella Vineyards) and Ben Davies (Petite Syrah, Spoonbar, Mirepoix). This new Santa Rosa restaurant has quickly become the place to see and be seen. You’ll find incredibly unique offerings on the constantly changing cocktail menu, plus an amazing wine menu.
9 E. Napa St., Sonoma, 931-6926
Happy hour is 5-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Sonoma’s hippest new eatery features mole braised short rib tacos, Korean buffalo wings and Sangria. Relax and enjoy the finest wine country has to offer in a casual environment. The bar or lounge area is the perfect setting for drinks and small plates, including delicious items from the raw bar. Plus, there’s a beautiful outdoor patio area that’s buzzing during happy hour.
For more Sonoma County Happy Hours, check out this article in Sonoma Magazine. If you want to enjoy happy hour experiences as a resident, check out my comprehensive website and see what’s on the home market today. Call me at 707-953-9456 or contact me via email. I have access to some extraordinary wine country wineries, vineyards, estates and homes in the area.