People who have lived in the wine country long enough know that there is only one place to be after a hard day's work -the Green Door. With a relaxed atmosphere that permeates every nook and corner of this laid-back dive bar, don't be surprised if you find yourself refusing to leave. Cheap alcohol is abundant here, but that's not what patrons come in here for. Possibly one of the only bars in California to find a loophole in the state's smoking laws, this dive allows indoor smoking. Grab yourself a seat, light up and start conversations with random strangers. They all do.
As an ode to Sonoma's tourism past which featured eons of inns, the El Verano Inn is a local sports bar with a difference. The difference being, it also hosts a ton of entertainment nights ranging from decadent lingerie shows, pole dancing lessons, karaoke, game events and live bands. Existing since 1887, the El Verano Inn is flocked by both locals and tourists who have heard of this neighborhood gem and wish to immerse themselves in some local fun. For some nosh, vacillate between the bar and the taco food truck which makes a stop at the parking lot on weekends.
Blue Note Napa is an upscale jazz club and a classy gourmet restaurant combined, occupying the first level of the iconic Napa Valley Opera House in Napa County, California. Offering the most exclusive jazz music experience with famous local and international artists from around the world performing on-stage, this jazz club features an eclectic ambiance and offers delicious gourmet delights that is sure to ignite your senses. Founded in 1981 by noted jazz music admirer, Danny Bensusan, Blue Note Nappa has established itself overtime as one of the finest contemporary venues in the country for contemporary jazz music.
Nestled in a corner of Lapplaza Park, Spancky's Bar should be your choice if you prefer to savor your drinks while swaying to a few catchy tunes. The interiors are divey, featuring tall wooden barstools, dim lighting and a small stage where local musicians put on a show for the guests. Comedy nights are held on Sundays.
If you are in a mood to frequent a vibrant dive bar, head to Gestalt Haus on Bolinas Road. A German-themed bistro, it features a casual setting, ideal to guzzle your favorite ales and savor delectable sausages. It offers an impressive selection of nearly 30 on-tap ales. On a Monday night, you can also catch a movie or a league game on the big-screen TVs. Bikers and hikers looking for a friendly spot to rest can also hop in here, since it has a separate wall for bike parking.
Packed with excitement throughout the day, Whiskey Lane never disappoints those looking for a fun-filled time. A warm, lively atmosphere greets you as you enter this bar while the buzzing voices of excited people assures you an enjoyable time. Well stacked with exquisite alcohols, you are guaranteed to be served with a glass of pure delight which will have you calling for another round before the last sip. Expect to make new friends at this bar and join the excitement of sharing drinks with people who you've probably never seen before. Adding to the fun are regular theme nights and bunch of other activities that draw in huge crowds.
Located in the heart of old Petaluma, The Big Easy serves as a prime venue for jazz gigs and other live music events. The jazz bar also has an elaborate dinner fare throughout the week, but it remains popular for its eclectic line-up of artists and bands performing 6 days a week. In the past, it has played host to some noted jazz and blues troupes like American Alley Cats, The Incubators and the famous Rock & Roll ensemble The Grain, among several others.