Winter is here and with it comes cold nights, big sweaters, warm tea, campfires and hot chocolate. We love nothing more than grabbing a warm drink on a chilly day. One that soothes the soul and fills you up with holiday joy. Whether you like your drinks caffeinated, spiked, or sitting next to the fire — Paso Robles has the ideal beverage and setting for you. With this local's guide to warming up for winter in wine country we'll provide you with everything there is to know about making this season the coziest yet.
Paso's Hottest Coffee Shops
Located in the heart of downtown, find high quality, ethically sourced speciality coffees from around the world! Spearhead Coffee is a classic café that excels at everything caffeinated – plus, you won't want to miss out on their festive, seasonal flavors like the Hazelnut Latte or Maple Sweet Cream Nitro.
AMSTRDM Coffee House | Piano Lounge
Coffee house by day, piano lounge and wine bar by night, your morning brew is guaranteed to feel extra jazzy here at AMSTRDM. Tucked away behind charming red doors, this intimate setting serves up the coziest vibes day and night. Come for a hot cup of coffee in the morning then circle back for an evening performance and a glass of wine.
Joebella Coffee Roasters
Need a cozy cup of joe at the Paso Market Walk? Stop by Joebella Coffee Roasters, this premier source for organic specialty coffee on the Central Coast is excited to be a part of, and serve the Paso community. For the non-coffee drinkers, their hot chocolate and Mexican hot chocolate are some of our favorites for the holiday.
Twisted and Glazed
What's better than a fresh donut with a warm cup of coffee on a lazy holiday afternoon? Open 24/7, swing by Twisted and Glazed for killer coffee and gourmet donuts. Here you can choose from the coziest combinations, like the s'mores donut or peppermint mocha donut. The perfect sweet treat and holiday pick-me-up.
More Ways to Warm Up this Winter
Swap your cold cocktail for a Hot Toddy
Alchemist's Garden -
Alchemist's Garden is known for an impressive selection of fun, flavored drinks all year round, but their holiday menu is particularly hard to beat. They celebrate the season with a unique craft cocktail for each of the 12 days of Christmas and then some. Here are a few of our favorites...
What to order:
If you love a hot toddy, order the Crackling Yule — this toasty cocktail is their signature winter hot toddy made with chamomile rye, honey & fig gimme syrup, lemon, and African nectar tea.
If you want an Instragrammable drink, order the Nimbus — this holiday sour is made with gin, silver rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, lemon & lime juice, apricot liqueur, fresh rosemary, and egg white. Oh, and they light it on fire.
Eleven Twenty-Two Speakeasy
The weather outside may be frightful but it's worth braving for this unique cocktail experience. Ring the bell and wait for the host to guide you through an inconspicuous bookshelf that also serves as a hidden door to Eleven Twenty-Two. Inside this intimate and elegant speakeasy you'll feel transported in time to a warm, vintage lounge complete with leather seating and fiery cocktails.
What to order:
If you like your drink to have wow factor, try the Blue Blazer Hot Cocktail — named after the blue flames it creates, this drink contains scotch, stroh, demerara, clove and lemon. Bold flavors and performance, it's an impressive drink to watch and drink.
Yes Cocktail Co.
Take your toddy to-go thanks to Yes Cocktail Co.! Visit their Paso Robles Tasting Room to stock your holiday bar cart with fun cocktail mixers, syrups, sugar cubes and more. The holiday isn't complete without a homemade hot toddy or hot buttered rum by the fire, and thanks to their signature recipes, even the most inexperienced at-home bartenders can get it right every time.
Cozy Up by the Fire
The Stables Inn
Gather around the fire, true cowboy style at the Stables Inn. Situated just a brief walk from the downtown city park, the Stables Inn feels like a tucked away escape. You'll love the two central fire pits, twinkling lights, and festive Western-inspired holiday decorations. Lasso a friend and enjoy a cozy country Christmas at the inn.
Oxford Suites Paso Robles
Stay and play at the Oxford Suites where you can choose from a fun and festive holiday cocktail menu at their Oak & Copper Bistro. Order a Cranberry Margarita, a Peppermint White Russian, a Churro Hot Toddy or "The Grinch" to sip alongside the charming outdoor patio and fire pits. Don't wait – try them before they melt away like snow, these drinks are only available through December as they begin to transition their specials in January for SLO County's Restaurant Month.
Bonus - Guests who stay now through New Year's Day will receive a special "suite" treat as a welcoming gift.
Tetto Rooftop Bar at The Piccolo
Enjoy an elevated experience at the first and only rooftop bar in downtown Paso Robles, Tetto at The Piccolo. Open to the public, locals and visitors alike are invited and encouraged to experience this one-of-a-kind al fresco atmosphere overlooking the downtown square and surrounding wine country. With locally inspired craft food and drink and a lounge setting complete with fire pits, visitors can soak up the outdoor air all year long.
S'mores Butler at Hotel Cheval
Want s'more? Stay at Hotel Cheval where guests can enjoy a complimentary S'more Butler service in the Courtyard every evening between dusk and 9:45pm. Look for the gentleman with the Red S'mores Cart and he'll prepare you a customized s'more cooked to toasty brown perfection.
The General Store Paso Robles
Stuff your suitcase or your stockings with a taste of Paso's best. Whether you like hot tea, hot cocoa, hot toddies or mulled wine there's a locally made treat for you and your loved ones. We love the peppermint hot chocolate, DIY mulled wine spice (just add your favorite local wine) and full range of Yes Cocktail Co. stocked at the Paso Robles General Store. Stop by today for the warmest welcome and one stop shopping.