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The bar scene is thriving in Sonoma. Many bars have great wine-by-the-glass programs, but creative cocktails made with exotic ingredients are the mainstay of the local mixologists — or as we used to call them back in the day, bartenders.
Spoonbar (Healdsburg). The fold-back walls at Spoonbar make it ideal for lingering on warm summer evenings, but you may end up staying for several days as you work your way through the farm-to-bar menu of cocktails. For a frisson of delight, try one of the carbonated cocktails.
Girl and the Fig (Sonoma). Off the square in Sonoma, the French-bistro-inspired aperitifs like the fig royale or cocktails like the lavender mojito will bring some “ooh la la” to your taste buds.