Santa Rosa, CA., situated right on the 101, about an hour north of San Francisco, is home to several of the Bay Area’s finest venues, restaurants and places to be. If you’re looking for a nice meal, start with Syrah, near historic Railroad Square. With small, reasonably priced gourmet plates, an upbeat decor and an award winning wine list, master chef Josh Silvers has created a tasty place to be seen and a great place to kickoff a Santa Rosa evening.
After Syrah, a walk across the street will take you to Santa Rosa’s very own Last Day Saloon, a 600 person capacity, 21 and over venue with 3 full bars, a decent kitchen and a hardwood dance floor, where you can catch such perennial local favorites as Pride and Joy, the Jug Dealers or the 80’s tribute band Tainted Love. Every Wednesday night at the Last Day, in conjunction with Wine Country Radio KRSH the Krush, hosts “A North Bay Hootenanny Production, Pick Me Up Review,” which features local folk musicians playing “songs that span generations,”with a diferent local band highlighted every week.
If downtown is more your speed, stop in at the world renowned Russian River Brewing Company and have your choice of one of many fine beers running the gamut from thick, heady stouts to sharp and light Indian pales. Grab a table and call your friends to come join you because once a basket of Pliny Bites wafts past your head, you’re not going anywhere until you get some.
With over 165,000 citizens calling her home, Santa Rosa is rapidly becoming a Sonoma County mainstay of culture, live music and food. More than just a city on the edge of the rapidly increasing Wine Country, Santa Rosa is thing unto itself. Boasting one of the most well known and respected California junior colleges, Santa Rosa is becoming more and more relevant in an ever changing socio-political landscape, teaching the leaders of tomorrow and leading the way to community and cooperation in the North Bay.