5 Best Bars in Healdsburg, Napa and Sonoma

Bergamot Alley

Fodor's choice

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.

Lo & Behold Bar and Kitchen

Fodor's choice

Two cocktail all-stars and a chef with a fascination for international comfort food opened this bar where patrons wash down fish tacos, kimchi noodles, crispy pork spare ribs, and chicken tenders with craft cocktails that include the Phatty Margarita ("phattened" up with avocado and coconut oil). Good beer and wine list, too. Everything's best enjoyed out back on the patio.

Roof 106

Fodor's choice

The elevator at the back of The Matheson restaurant whisks patrons up to Roof 106, Healdsburg's hot spot for craft cocktails enjoyed with or without pizzas, small plates, and desserts. The vibe here is jolly and hip, with luxury patio furniture for lounging and fire pits and overhead heaters to keep the open-air space toasty when there's a chill. The rooftop's a fun stop for lunch, except on Monday and Tuesday when the bar opens at 5. Ask about the Best of Chef menu (two-person minimum) of the upstairs chef's favorite dishes.

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Duke's Spirited Cocktails

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 bartenders at this happening hangout fashion the classics with equal aplomb.

The Rooftop

Though not the scene as its rooftop rival Roof 106, the fourth-story bar at the Harmon Guest House offers a more laid-back setting, arguably better views, and a seafood-oriented menu. The mostly small bites pair well with specialty cocktails like the signature The Rooftop (vodka, mixed berries, lemon, mint, and soda).