Discover Petaluma’s Whisper Sisters Cocktails & Provisions

Carey Sweet

The cocktails may lead the marquee at this spirits-driven spot in downtown Petaluma, but the farm to table restaurant serves delicious, small-plate dinners, too. Taking over the former Drawing Board restaurant, the hip destination comes from former Drawing Board Bar Manager Danielle Peters, her brother Wendall Peter, and her fiancé Erin Clossey.

A mized drink from Whisper Sisters Cocktails & Provisions.

So yes, start with a pretty-as-spring sip the like the pink-orange toned Driftwood, mixing lightly earthy French-Caribbean rhum agricole, herbal Cocchi Americano Italian aperitif wine, apricot, lemon, bitters and smoky vanilla Palo Santo tincture, all presented in a coupe glass with an edible flower garnish. But then order your bites, like Korean braised beef tacos with tahini-cabbage slaw and spicy jalapeno crema, or silky mozzarella dusted with fried herbs, garlic, pistachio and lemon zest.

Image of the bar at Whisper Sisters Cocktails & Provisions.

It’s easy to spend hours in the dark, sexy space, basking in the glow of backlit bottles lining an entire wall. The minimalist décor is enlivened with hanging plants and elegant Oriental rugs, but most eyes are on the displays of fresh fruit, liqueurs, bitters, tinctures and sodas, plus glittering bottles in all kinds of premium local and imported labels.

A Cocktail from Whisper Sisters.

You’ll probably want to share – both drinks and plates – to get a wider sampling of the many good flavors here. Sample the Torch Singer, featuring Windsor’s Sipsong Spirits grape-based botanical gin and Monarch Bitters celery bitters, nice with a chicory and asparagus salad tossed with radish, grapefruit, curried pepitas and Parmesan in citrus-thyme vinaigrette.

Interior of Whisper Sisters.

Then move on to a Texas Malone layered with vodka, falernum ginger-lime-almond liqueur, Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro kissed with ginger, flowers and spices, a splash of grapefruit, a spritz of lime, and pink peppercorn. It’s terrific alongside a harvest bowl of farro, charred scallion-lemon vinaigrette, cauliflower, spring onion, oyster mushroom, pickled onion and Moonside Creamery Halo organic cow milk cheese from Sebastopol.

Chickpea tacos and cashew soup from Whisper Sisters

Another top nibble: chickpea sweet potato fritter tacos with house made tomatillo salsa and pickled jalapeños, paired with a cup of creamy cashew mushroom soup.

Feel free to challenge Peters to custom cocktails, too. She has worked at such cocktail shrines as Trader Vic’s and the Michelin starred Nico, where she created the famous Le Chat Noir, a pitch-black quaff crafted of gin, Calvados brandy, Génépy herbal liqueur, apricot, tarragon, vegan “egg white” and activated charcoal.

Details: 190 Kentucky St., Petaluma, 707-774-6689.