On the clear opposite end of the dive bar cleanliness spectrum is this hard-drinking local spot, filled nightly with people who’ve called the wine country home long before tour buses graced its country roads. If you venture into this local joint, be friendly, bring cash, and don’t mind the cigarette smoke inside. As an owner-operated bar, Green Door gets around California smoking laws -- something just about every patron takes advantage of.
When Henry was manning this bar a block away at the original location in the ‘70s, it was the ultimate dive -- no sign, no set hours. Locals would know if drinks were flowing by the blinds: up meant they were closed; drawn shut meant there was a party going on in the tiny, dark bar. It’s since moved a few steps away to another small storefront, changed owners (though it’s still family-run), and gotten a sign, but it’s as much a local favorite today as it was before Napa exploded with wine tasters.
The only thing truly old about Olde Sonoma Public House is its spelling, but honestly it won't matter all that much when you get into 32 local and international craft beers on tap, darts, pinball, pool, flat-screen TVs, karaoke ("Come drink a song and sing a beer"), and weekly live music. Oh, and the owners know their beer here -- so you're pretty much guaranteed to try something new or rare -- but the setting is still more “low-key cozy” than “hipster.”