Most people come to Sonoma to taste wine during the day, eat at one of the great restaurants we have here in town, and then crash early to do it all over again the next day. But what if you want a little nightlife after your meal? Despite what the kids call this place – Slow-Noma – we have plenty to do here after hours.
On weekend nights you can always find crowds at Murphy’s pub enjoying some good ol’ Irish cheer, with Hunt trying to keep the crowds from spilling onto the sidewalk. Or people sitting out at the Swiss Hotel with Jean, the ever-attentive server, bringing out rounds for tables who can sit outside and people watch until closing. Then if you’re feeling adventurous after consuming some liquid courage, you can always wander over to Town Square or Steiner’s – what some might call “dive bars,” but in the most endearing way – to top off your night. And sometimes on Saturday nights, Steiner’s turns into a raging dance hall where you can go get your groove on if you’re feeling a bit footloose-and-fancy.
But in a town where a significant majority works in the hospitality industry, weekend nights are not even the best nights in Sonoma. Believe it or not, Tuesday nights are THE nights in town. Tuesday nights from Spring through Fall, we have farmers’ markets in the Plaza. Now, I know you must be thinking, “Really? A farmers’ market? That’s the best you’ve got?” But Tuesday markets are different. Not only can you buy fresh, local, organic produce, you can do so while listening to live music, enjoying dinner from one of the many food vendors, and walking around sipping wine or beer or whatever libation tickles your fancy. Some people get there early and snag a picnic table, bring a couple coolers of food and booze, and camp out on the plaza for several hours. And at sunset, when you are no longer permitted to drink outside, the party moves indoors. Murphy’s always has live music on Tuesdays and you will be sure to find good-spirited crowds of people at whichever watering hole you choose to visit.
So next time you’re visiting Sonoma, think about enjoying a little wine country nightlife. You just might be surprised what this little town has to offer.