The Top 10 Bars In Sonoma, California

Vineyard, Sonoma | ©star5112/Flickr
Vineyard, Sonoma | ©star5112/Flickr
Photo of James Smith
9 February 2017

A small town with world-class wines, Sonoma is a wine-lover’s paradise. With rich history and fine dining, Sonoma is the place to relax at some superb bars: check out our top ten suggestions for bar hopping in Sonoma.

Carneros Bistro & Bar

Bar, Bistro, Contemporary, $$$
Sonoma Vineyard
Sonoma Vineyard | ©Tracy Hunter/Flickr
Carneros Bistro & Bar, situated in The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, is the place to have a fantastic meal with an extensive wine list. Named as one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine, Carneros Bistro is known for their farm-to-table food and boasts a varied list of local wines. With it’s contemporary decor and outdoor patio, Carneros Bistro & Bar is the place to have a delicious meal and to try out local wines from an aggregated selection.

Passaggio Wines Tasting Room

Greeting you with French doors and modern decor, Passaggio Wines Tasting Room is a small locale. Located in the Sonoma Plaza, Passaggio has a plentiful range of wine. Whether it is a rosé with fruity notes of watermelon and guava, or their “Passion Blend” with notes of lychee and jasmine, these refreshing wines are great for a hot summer day.

Address and telephone number: Passagio Wines Tasting Room, 25 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476, +1 707-934-8941

Sonoma Plaza | ©Mike Shelby/Flickr

Sonoma Plaza | ©Mike Shelby/Flickr


Bar, French
Champagne glasses
Champagne glasses | © Ryan Hyde
Popping a bottle of champagne is not reserved just for special occasions at Sigh. Located in the Sonoma Plaza, Sigh is the only “bubble bar” in Sonoma. This small spot has unique decor: bottle cap tables, wire-framed star lights and glass spheres suspended from the ceiling. A bar to do things a little differently, Sigh also does ‘saberage’, a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a saber, and if you purchase a saber they’ll even teach you how to do it yourself!

B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille

Bar, Wine Bar, Nightclub, Salvadorian, BBQ, $$$
Ahi Tuna Salad
Ahi Tuna Salad | ©Kurman Communications, Inc./Flickr
This spot changes from casual dining during the day to a nightclub with a live band at night. Known for their delicious burgers, B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille serves delicious savory meals. From Kobe beef burgers to Ahi salads, this spot knows how to pair a delicious meal with some great drinks. There’s a considerable selection of beers, a complete wine bar and tasty cocktails available throughout the day and into the night.

Bean & Bottle

Bar, Restaurant, American
Cheese Board
Cheese Board | ©Pixabay
This wine and coffee bar, aptly named Bean & Bottle, is suitable for any time of day. Inside The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, Bean & Bottle sits right next to the lobby. Here they serve Illy coffee and various alcoholic beverages to be enjoyed with a selection of cheeses, chocolates, pastries and Panini sandwiches. Bean & Bottle is a great place to begin the day or to end the night.

Hopmonk Tavern

HopMonk Tavern is a must-stop place to enjoy some tasty food and some great beers. This lively venue features an outdoor seating area called the Hopmonk Sonoma Beer Garden, while live bands often perform inside. Hopmonk serves a generous variety of foods from Korean tacos to a chicken philly on naan, and there’s an excellent selection of craft beers on draft, wines and spirits. If you’re wanting to enjoy a delicious dinner with some fresh beer, stop by Hopmonk Tavern.

Address and telephone number: HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476, +1 707-935-9100

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Pub, Irish, $$$
If you’re looking for a casual venue to grab a bite to eat and a cold stout, Murphy’s Irish Pub is the place to go. With framed photos and sport jerseys lining the walls, Murphy’s provides an authentic, traditional atmosphere. Whether you’re enjoying your Guinness indoors or outdoors, this spot located in the Sonoma Plaza is a great place to relax with the family.

The Town Square

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
Sonoma Plaza
Sonoma Plaza | ©Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar/Flickr
If you’re looking for something low-key, The Town Square is the place to grab a casual drink. Located in the Sonoma Plaza, this dive bar offers great vibes and a homey feel. The Town Square offers cheap drinks in a laidback atmosphere. Enjoy your drinks whilst listening to something playing on the jukebox.

Roche Winery & Vineyards

Bar, Wine Bar, American, Pub Grub
Roche Winery & Vineyards is a boutique winery whose wines are only sold out of their tasting room—not in stores. Winning several awards for their Chardonnay, Roche Winery’s tasting room is a great place to relax or have a picnic. With flights starting at $10, you can enjoy their premium wines at their indoor or outdoor bar, and grab a light bite to enjoy with your wine. Located in the Sonoma Plaza, Roche Winery & Vineyards’ tasting room is the place to get an exclusive taste of some exquisite wine.

The Girl & The Fig

Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
Cocktails | © Patrick Tafani/ Flickr
This French inspired restaurant is one of the most notable in Sonoma. The Girl & The Fig is known for its delicious food, variety of imported wines and unique cocktails. Their plats du jour change every Thursday and are paired impeccably well with their bistro wine flight. Of course, if you just want a refreshing cocktail, The Girl & The Fig serves amusingly named drinks, like the Bee’s Knees (Meyer lemon-infused gin, honey, lemon juice and dried lavender), or a Fig Kiss (Figcello di Sonoma, St-Germain elderflower liquer and cranberry). Whether you want a delicious meal or a great drink—or both—The Girl & The Fig is one of Sonoma’s premier restaurants.

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