Photography by Michael Woolsey

Ernie’s Tin Bar on Lakeville Hwy is quite literally at the cross roads between here, there in the middle of somewhere. The bar and garage has been in the family since its inception in the early 1900’s.  Ernie and Chris run the bar, and Rich is the on-call mechanic. The same two door Chrysler Windsor has become a fixture within the single car garage. Nothing has changed much in the garage but the bar has become increasingly a place where the local ranchers are mixing with techies from the Valley, iron horse haulers, city folks out for an excursion and people who just want a taste of what was and still is. This unique roadhouse features bands on Sundays and a quality assortment of hand crafted beers (American standards too).

Be warned, signs posted: “no cell phones allowed.” One of the few places in Sonoma County to experience an authentic conversation with barstool neighbors of various local color.