Grab a brew or a bite at the Russian River Brewing Company on 4th Street. On the menu you'll find pub fare classics like chicken wings, sandwiches, and pizza (there's even a kids menu!). About a 15 minutes's drive north you'll find Russian River Brewing Company's newer Windsor location, where you can also schedule a brewery tour.
If you come here for happy hour on Tuesdays, when brats and beers are $2.50, you’ll think that Santa Rosa is the most hoppin’ town you’ve ever seen. Actually, on just about any day of the week, this place gets mighty busy. It’s known for great beer and above average food. The atmosphere is airier than your typical cave-like pub and there are plenty of windows, especially up on the second floor. Plus, there’s a nice outdoor patio.
Tex Wasabi’s sushi, although by no means traditional, is fine. So is the BBQ. But, what stands out are the bartenders and servers, who are entertaining, friendly and charismatic. Another thing that stands out is how loud this place can get. Beware the gong. Every now and then, a bartender will bang the ear-piercing device for no apparent reason. One time, I heard him yell out, “I’m not wearing any underwear!” followed by the bang of the gong which was then followed by the thunderous hoots and hollers of the patrons.
Ausiello's 5th St. Grill
If you like sports bars, you’ll think you died and went to heaven. Ausiello’s serves a great selection of beer and some of the best burgers around. But what really sets this place apart is its commitment to providing sports fans with just about every conceivable game on one of its 20+ television sets. And, if you ever tire of sitting inside watching the tube, there’s an outside patio where you can catch a few rays.