3 Best Bars in Sonoma, Napa and Sonoma

Starling Bar Sonoma

Fodor's choice

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. Noteworthy drinks include the bacon bourbon sour and the pickled martini made with Hanson's organic vodka. Music and comedy acts perform many nights.


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 wine with a saber) only adds to the festivity. Sigh! opens at noon, so it's a good daytime stop, too.

Swiss Hotel

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.

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