Sadly we found out that Honcho is closing its doors. We’re disheartened to hear that this neighborhood favorite didn’t make it, but here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love in the San Francisco Bay Area that you can support.

With its tree lined streets and easy parking, downtown Los Altos emanates a comfortable sleepy vibe. Hip grub spots like BumbleCetrella and Voyageur du Temps have increasingly made the area more approachable for the foodie set, but up until now, one thing was missing… a fun buzzy bar. The type of place you could pop into for a craft cocktail or a light snack while waiting for your table at Los Altos Grill to open up. Honcho opened its doors a few short months ago and has shown it’s happy to fill the void.

A photo of the bar and seats at Honcho, a new local bar and cocktail lounge in downtown Los Altos, California. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
New Guy in Town – Honcho is the Newest Addition to Downtown Los Altos, California’s Bar Scene

Honcho features a fun list of artisanal cocktails with refreshing options like the Sangria Sparkler (white wine, citrus, strawberries and oranges with a brut float) and the Claudette (brut sparkling wine and Clear Creek loganberry liquor).

A photo of white sangria and a pretty cocktail at downtown Los Altos, California's newest bar called Honcho. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Hey! You Got Fruit in My Wine! – Refreshing Cocktails on Display at Honcho’s New Bar in Downtown Los Altos, California

The lounge is fairly small affording it an intimate, but buzzy atmosphere that perfectly suits Los Altos. In addition to a rotating list of unique beers like Cleophus Quealy‘s Batch 92 rye ale and Ninkasi Brewing‘s Helles Belles pale lager, Honcho also offers a limited menu of small bites.

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As of press time, there were five options: lemon and rosemary niçoise and castelvetrano olives, white cheddar and dill organic popcorn, Esther’s pretzel rolls with mustards and cornichons, Indian ajwain cashews and a plate of spiced fruit and nut “Kookra Krisps” you can add chèvre to.

A photo of hip orange and navy chairs by a cool looking candle and a sleek lamp at local bar Honcho in downtown Los Altos, California. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Hip Hip Hooray – Downtown Los Altos, California Just Welcomed Slick New Cocktail Spot Honcho to the Neighborhood

The sleek lighting fixtures and mod chairs make Honcho an easy spot for you to feel comfortable in, but it’s also snazzy enough that you have that excuse you’ve been looking for to throw on a pair of heels and class things up a bit.

In addition to Honcho, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Mead, hard cider, various wines (white, rosé, red, sparkling and dessert varieties) are also on offer.

A photo of bottles of champagne, prosecco and sparkling rosé sit on the bar at the Honcho, a new hip local cocktail lounge in downtown Los Altos, California. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Watch Out for That Champagneover – Bottles of Bubbles at Honcho’s Bar in Downtown Los Altos, California

Address: 235 1st Street
Los Altos, California, 94022 United States of America
Hours *HONCHO IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED 😦 *: 4:00pm to 10:00pm Wednesday and Thursday, 4:00pm to 11:00pm Friday and Saturday
Phone: (650) 397-5690

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