Traxx Bar & Grill is nestled in the riverside town of Petaluma, and its selection of beer, wine, and spirits from a full bar keeps libations flowing to palates in a stream as inexorable as a river. Chefs stack 13 specialty, half-pound beef burgers with toppings such as avocado, pico de gallo, and grilled pineapple, and adorn fries in hot sauce and parmesan cheese. A kids' menu of cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and hot dogs accommodates young lads and lasses, and drafts of craft beers and goblets of locally acquired Sonoma-county wine water the craws of of-age diners. Colorful knickknacks, street signs, and sports pendants beam down from the walls onto a seating area of barstools and tabletops, where model airplanes and bongo drums dangle from the ceiling. Multiple flat-screen TVs, meanwhile, glimmer with rousing sports games and gripping car commercials featuring sedans that can yodel.
"Rustic, yet refined" can describe both Social Club Restaurant & Bar’s ambiance, characterized by wooden beams, hanging chandeliers, and large windows, and its offerings on various menus, crafted with care by executive chef Bob Simontacchi. As Bob's kitchen staff prepares salt-cod fritters, smoked-gouda mac 'n' cheese, and their special fried chicken, bartenders pour single-malt scotches and selections from more than 50 bottled craft beers. On Sundays, the restaurant buzzes with conversation fueled by sangria and bellinis at brunch and live music after 6 p.m.
There's an abundant garden of fine wines and foods waiting just 45 minutes outside of San Francisco. Historic Sonoma Plaza is home to 26 wineries, and San Francisco Wine Group offers a walking tour that covers a handful of those neighboring locations over the course of about two and a half hours. Mixed into the tour are history lessons going back to the 1800s. San Francisco Wine Group also offers wine storytelling sessions, education, and hosts corporate events.
R2 Wine Company takes its name from its founders, Roger and Richard Roessler, two brothers who combine their years of business and restaurant-industry experience to bottle up the rare and delicious tastes of Sonoma's sunny vineyards. With the aid of expert viticulturist and winemaker Drew Huffine, the two brothers show their love for the noble grape with a wealth of original vintages, such as the complex Rhapsody rhone that epitomizes the cool, bright terroir of the Santa Ynez Valley, or the Red Birds pinot noir, which celebrates the brothers love for their hometown team. Curious guests congregate for vino-sipping soirees at the earthy-hued tasting room off the Sonoma Plaza, or join the wine club for regular deliveries of mouthwatering vintages and invitations to members-only events and tastings.
Though its name suggests a bygone pub of yore, there?s hardly anything old about Olde Sonoma Public House. In fact, the bar?s 32 taps constantly rotate new craft beers, microbrews, and global pours from esteemed breweries such as Stone and Russian River. Olde Sonoma even hosts two rotating cider taps, as well as plenty of bottled brews to take home. Once inside, however, home maybe the farthest thing from your mind. Here, flippers propel pinballs, darts hurtle toward bullseyes, and 8-balls tumble into corner pockets all as the day?s biggest games and tiniest sideline tantrums unfold on large-screen TVs. Besides games aplenty, the pub hosts frequent live music and monthly karaoke.