Sidecar Juicebar: The newest addition to the Murphy’s Irish Pub family
Built on fresh produce, Sidecar Juicebar has arrived. It is located on the Plaza, down the alley and across from Murphy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, in the old Briar Patch tobacco shop location.
Murphy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant opened this “cousin” location as the sidecar to their main motorcycle. “We loved the idea of fruit inside the sidecar. It is abundant, bright and represents the convenient and on-the-go nature of Sidecar Juicebar,” said Cara McLaughlin, creative director and recipe developer, in reference to their logo.
The property was previously a whiskey bar. Rather than opening another bar and competing with themselves, they decided to turn it into a healthy juice bar while maintaining an Irish identity.
They brought on McLaughlin, a member of the Murphy’s family, as the creative director. She creates juice recipes and their Irish-inspired names and runs the Sidecar social media accounts. Some names of juices include Galway Greens, Limerick Lemonade, Lady Lilac and Celtic Carrots.
They held a soft opening in March as they slowly began welcoming customers.
Rather than a modern juice bar, McLaughlin described Sidecar as a “cozy Irish cottage with a friendly and personal feel.”
Highlights of the menu include a large selection of juice blends, plus coffee, elixirs and shots. Elixirs are superfood lattes without coffee and shots are small bottles of juice with more potency and often “pack a punch” with a kick of spice, said McLaughlin. They plan to expand to smoothies, shakes and bowls in the coming months, with plans to host a grand opening sometime in August.
Coffees and elixirs range from $4 to $7 and juices range from $6 to $12 depending on the size.
To keep their offerings fresh, McLaughlin rotates the menu often with new seasonal ingredients. Their Summer Sidekicks menu features Watermelonford, Sidecarlow, Pine Minten, WestCoastMeath and Darby Barbie. Barista specials will also keep the menu rotating with new regular additions.
Their juices come in every color of the rainbow, which inspired their participation in the Transcendence Theater Company’s Pride Night on July 1. They plan to be a fixture at more events in the Valley.
The team is working on party offerings and a catering menu as well.
Much of their business comes from tourism in the summertime. Sidecar employees have enjoyed meeting people from across the United States and from other countries. They plan to put up a map and have customers put a pin on where they are from.
Parents bring their kids with them to order juice. “It is sweet to see kids get excited to have juice. It feels good to give them healthy food that they are excited about,” said McLaughlin.
Customers are welcome to sit across the alley at Murphy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant and enjoy the Irish atmosphere while sipping juice from Sidecar.
Business has been steady. However, with the shop tucked away down the alley, it can be difficult to familiarize people with the location. Dylan Sweetman, manager of Sidecar, has been offering free samples at local businesses and at the Sonoma Valley Visitor’s Bureau on the Plaza to help get the word out.
Sweetman, McLaughlin and Georgina Vanheerden keep the juice bar open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We are ready to bring fresh juices to the wonderful community of Sonoma and share our experience with those along the way,” said Sweetman.
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