Fern Bar debuts at The Barlow
Raise a glass and lift your spirits in the airy, plant-filled space that is the new Fern Bar, a bar-focused restaurant in The Barlow center in Sebastopol in western Sonoma County.
The menu of shareable small plates includes items like chicken liver mousse with winter squash, apple cider, and pistachio; bone marrow with watercress aioli, parmesan, veal reduction, masa cakes, and garlic confit; and fry bread with rabbit, chile, cotija, and Mexican herbs.
However, the main focus is on the house-made beer and spirit-free elixirs, locally sourced and small production wines, and innovative garden-to-glass cocktails. The Whiskey For Breakfast cocktail includes Brown Butter bourbon, lemon, aged balsamic, maple syrup, and bacon. Grandpa’s Coffee features whiskey infused with Retrograde coffee, Fern Bar nocino, Amaro Montenegro, and orange bitters. The Moscow Mule is made with Charbay vodka, local apple cider, rosemary, house-made ginger beer, and Angostura bitters, with the rosemary charred with a torch just before the drink is served, for a savory, rich aroma.
Live music is offered nightly. The Fern Bar is the creation of Lowell Sheldon and Natalie Goble, owners of two other successful Sebastopol restaurants, Handline and Lowell’s. Much of the Fern Bar’s produce comes from the duo’s nearby Two Belly Acre farm.