Sonoma’s Annex Wine Bar, Loved by Locals, to Close

A beloved Sonoma institution will close at the end of July.

A beloved Sonoma institution will close at the end of July: the Annex Wine Bar.

The bar opened its doors in August 2012 next to its sister business, the Community Cafe. Chef-owner Margie Brooke created the wine bar and beer garden to serve as a casual gathering place for winemakers, musicians, locals and tourists alike.

Management announced the news on their Facebook page. The announcement was a shock to locals, who flock to the bar for Brooke’s comfort food meals, exclusive “locals only” wine list, ever-changing kegs of NorCal beers, and dog friendly patio with the biggest fire pit in town.

From classic rock to folk rock, belly dancing to acapella, the Annex’s live music series was a popular draw too, which featured an ever changing cast of local and regional musicians. Don’t forget the famous Peep, the chicken owned by Brooke, who made a frequent appearance at the bar.

The Annex will continue to serve up live music, food and drink until July 30, when they plan on “going out with a bang” with a grand party.

We have reached out to management for a comment.

The Community Café next door, also owned by Brooke, will continue business as usual.