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Alexander Vally Bar

Hidden bar in the heart of the Alexander Valley

Mild-mannered wine tasting room and produce garden by day, retro-underground bar by night. Nestled deep in the heart of the Alexander Valley, the Medlock Ames tasting room and Alexander Valley Bar are flip sides of the same 100-year-old saloon.

Dayside, the multi-use green building is a sun-drenched spot for tasting the artisan wines of this valley start-up. Fresh, pickled and canned produce from the carefully plotted onsite garden patch and already-popular winery gardens will be available for purchase in the tasting room and on weekly market days. Come quittin’ time, the dimly lit back bar throws open its doors as a saloon.

Hey, it takes a lot of beer to make wine, right? Paying homage to its colorful years as a rough-and-tumbling local watering hole, the space is a mash-up of Victorian parlor chic and modern cocktail den. Think punched-tin ceiling, distressed recycled wood and a plush banquette for lounging away the hours.  Stroll out to the porch and survey the valley on warm evenings — or just warmed up by a nice seasonal cocktail.

Tasting Room open 10am to 5pm daily,  431-8845; bar open at 5pm daily. 3487 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, 431.1904.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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