Whether you want to dance the night away, kick back and listen to live music, enjoy a dinner show, or simply be part of a lively crowd, there's a unique variety of choices for nightlife in Sonoma County.
Here are some great spots to check out. Call ahead or visit each location's website for details about live music performances, dance club nights, and special events.
Brewsters Beer Garden, Petaluma
In addition to local craft beers paired with barbecue-inspired fare, this outdoor dining and beer garden experience offers live music Thursday to Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons. Thursdays are Bluegrass & Bourbon Nights. With more than 350 outdoor seats, Brewsters is best in the warm weather that summer and fall bring.
Open Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-close, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-close (closing times vary), and closed Mondays; 707-981-8330.
Duke's Spirited Cocktails, Healdsburg
It’s not often that you find an upscale cocktail bar that also knows how to party, which is why we love Duke’s Spirited Cocktails in the Historic plaza of downtown Healdsburg. Duke's has some amazing craft cocktails to order, with almost all liquors and bitters being made from local Sonoma County products, and even ingredients made from their own gardens. Their slogan is "When it comes to the products we use behind the bar - If we can make it or grow it ourselves, we will. If we can’t, we will make sure it is the best we can buy."
Open Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday 4 p.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-2 a.m., and Sunday 2 p.m.-12 a.m.; 707-431-1060.
Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge, Geyserville
Located in the heart of Geyserville in the historic Odd Fellows Building. The G.G.C. offers classic cocktails in a casual atmosphere. Their menu focuses on fresh fish Crudos, Latin & Asian street food and delicious bar bites. The Geyserville Gun club also has live music to enjoy every Saturday night.
Open Sunday-Thursday noon-10:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, noon-12:30 a.m.; 707-814-0036.
Graton Resort & Casino, Rohnert Park
This full-amenity gaming resort offers specialty drinks in three settings — the G sports bar with more than 42 flat screen TVs; the 8, a VIP lounge providing a semi-private and elegant atmosphere in the high-limit area; and the Sky, with a 360-degree, diamond-shaped center bar. Dining choices include casual dining in four restaurants, and a food court with seven eateries.
Open 24 hours; 707-588-7100.
Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol and Sonoma
With a total of three locations in the North Bay, this small local brewery chain boasts two of its sites in Sonoma County. Hopmonk occupies a rustic 105-year-old stone and timber building in Sebastopol, and a private home built in 1888 in Sonoma. Both sites offer a beer garden, live music (sometimes indoors, sometimes outdoors), and moderately priced menus that offer traditional and innovative pairings of beer and food. See their live music schedule for Sebastopol here and Sonoma here.
Opens daily at 11:30 a.m. (closing times vary); Sebastopol 707-829-7300 and Sonoma 707-935-9100.
Jamison's Roaring Donkey, Petaluma
Better known as the “Roaring Donkey,” this unique little bar in downtown Petaluma it has it all. A great cocktail menu (including a full separate menu of over 10 different Moscow Mules), game nights with trivia, live music with open mic nights, and a DIY Bloody Mary BUFFET every Sunday morning. You can also throw some darts or play some pool while you’re here, and it’s very easy to stay all night without leaving!
Open Monday-Saturday 2 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; 707-772-5478.
The stated goal of these two locally owned businesses is to provide a meeting, entertainment, and eating spot for the enjoyment of locals and fun-loving visitors. They are two of many companies housed in this 1911 building. The saloon is a live music concert venue with a full bar, presenting an eclectic variety of sounds, including all types of rock, funk, blues, roots, reggae, ska, Western swing, and more. The restaurant features traditional but innovative American cuisine, with dishes like pork lovers’ mac 'n cheese, BBQ tri-tip, and the Moroccan-spiced brick chicken fettuccine. See the current music lineup for the Mystic Theater here.
McNear’s Saloon & Dining House: Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; 707-765-2121.
Enjoy jazz, blues, funk, soul, and more at this small bar in Cotati. There's live music almost every night, and you can dance to a DJ on Thursday evenings. Amenities include pool tables, a juke box, craft beers, and outdoor patio seating.
Open Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-1:59 a.m., Saturday 1 p.m.-1:59 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.1:59 a.m.; 707-795-7878.
The Lounge at La Rosa, Santa Rosa
If you're looking for a nightclub-like experience, The Lounge at La Rosa is going to be the perfect spot for the Vegas-inspired elevated nightlife experience in Wine Country. The upscale lounge includes amenities like VIP Tables, bottle service, local & guest DJs spinning until 2am & a premium sound system to enjoy it. Don't forget to dress to impress- The Lounge at La Rosa also enforces a weekend dress code, so boys, don’t forget your collared shirts! (No ball caps or T-shirts allowed.)
Open Friday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. and Saturday 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 707-889-2810.
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