It’s Friday after a long week at work, and nothing sounds better than grabbing a drink with friends. In Santa Rosa, there’s plenty of great watering holes. Whether it’s beer, whiskey, wine, or a cocktail, here are the best places to grab a drink in Santa Rosa.
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Whiskey Tip is a fun bar that’s always hosting different events. It’s hard to get bored here, with giant Jenga, a bean bag toss, and even a shuffle board on offer. They have a variety of seating, indoor and outdoor, and have hosted themed evenings such as silent discos and other dance events. The outdoor deck is surrounded by trees that are lit up with string lights, giving Whiskey Tip a unique ambiance.
Toad In the Hole Pub is one of the few places in Santa Rosa that can do British style pub food justice. They have superb fish and chips, and homey food such as Shepherd’s pie and mashed potatoes. The pub’s dimly lit and cozy atmosphere make it the ideal place to relax with a beer and a hot meal. Their beer list includes all the local favorites and they sometimes have some great cider to choose from as well. The staff work hard to always keep your glass full, no matter how busy they might get. Be sure to stop by for their happy hour everyday from 3pm to 6 pm.
Located on 4th Street, Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Taproom is right in Santa Rosa’s hub, and is an ideal place to stop at for lunch. The atmosphere is trendy and laid back, with big windows that make it feel spacious. They have all your favorite bar food, but each dish has a unique twist. They have outdoor seating that’s dog friendly, and have plenty of televisions in order to watch any game that might be on. They also have a long and diverse beer and wine list, and most options on there come from the Pacific States.
For sports fans, Ausiello’s 5th Street Grill is a go-to venue. This sports bar is the best location to catch a game. Their menu is loaded with burgers that are piled high with toppings, and they host a noteworthy salad bar as well. They even offer specials on drinks depending on which Bay Area sports team is playing. The Bloody Marys and burgers are definitely must-tries.
Looking to get a drink with a slightly classier atmosphere? Jack & Tony’s Restaurant and Whisky Bar is the place to go. They have a brilliant whiskey selection and food that compliments your drink perfectly. The venue has a old-school ambiance that makes it that much more cozier. Besides whiskey, they make great cocktails and also have local beers on the menu. Located in the Historic Railroad District, Jack & Tony’s is one of the best places to grab a drink in Santa Rosa.
Tex Wasabi’s is one of Guy Fieri’s restaurants, located in downtown Santa Rosa. They offer unique sushi rolls with barbecue chicken instead of fish, and sriracha is a staple in their dishes. They’re known for having a Wednesday night special on their “Fishbowls,” best split between four people. Their mojitos are also a must try.
Just down the street from Tex Wasabi’s is Russian River, a local brewery that is a regular spot for most locals. They host live bands and have a full menu as well as an ever-growing selection of beer. If it’s your first time visiting, it’s recommended you go for the beer sampler. They can get busy fast, but that does not stop them from making sure everyone is satisfied with their experience.
Third Street Aleworks are best known for their trivia nights and the Tuesday ‘$2.50 beer and brats’ special. There are plenty of televisions around for sports-lovers, and the laid-back atmosphere makes it a ideal spot to go to with friends to catch a game. They have an amazing happy hour, and their sliders are worth a try too. There’s also plenty of seating, indoors and outdoors, and a pool table upstairs.
Located in the middle of Santa Rosa, Fogbelt Brewing Company is almost hidden. Their beers steal the show, and they offer a sampler for first time visitors. Each beer is named after a Coast Redwood tree, so they’re easy to remember. It can get crowded in the evening, especially on their Trivia nights, but the servers make sure to keep all their customers happy.
Most people come for a drink, but stay for the food when it comes to Jackson’s Bar And Oven. It’s one of the more trendy spots in Santa Rosa, and while it can get busy, it never seems too overcrowded. The staff are great when it comes to recommending drinks, and they have a long list of international and local wines.