Napa Valley: Where the Night Life Is
(NAPA, CA) — Napa County is still very much a rural county. Days start
early in the vineyards, and usually end early. Its part of what makes
the atmosphere special, but it can be a little sleepy.
There are however some vibrant after hours hangouts that will
help you paint the town red. The downtowns of Napa, Yountville,
St. Helena, and Calistoga especially on Friday and Saturday nights
are happening places between the hours of 6:30pm and 10:00pm.
Once the restaurants start to serve their last meals of the evening
however, things can quiet down pretty quickly – particularly
in the winter.
One of the trendy places to hang, they have
an amazing selection of wines by the glass. Which is no surprise
if you subscribe to their catalog. They are open Friday and
Saturday nights until 1am. You can usually get something
to eat until midnight. Good to know if you attend a late
movie, or a performance at the Opera House. Prices are moderate
Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Provisions
975 First Street, Napa, CA 94559, 800.943.9463
This is the new hotspot downtown Napa for the lounge lizard
crowd. Definitely the décor gets you in the mood for some serious
smoozing among friends. Cool little group sittings in urbane
greens and browns. Get ready for some Chardonnay in front of
the fireplace. A glass will cost you around $15 – so four friends
should probably think about buying the bottle.
1106 First Street, Napa, CA 94559. 707.265.6400
Cole’s Chop House
Part of the early night life crowd, this is a wonderful evening
environment and a great place to grab an appetizer at the bar
(that is, if you don’t cave and make reservations for the restaurant).
The bartenders are fast and personable (when they have time to
talk) and the crowd is usually hip and on the move. Stop here
for a martini before the late show, or before things turn cold
and dark sit on the patio by the creek and watch the people pass
by. Prices are moderate to expensive, and the steaks are to die
for. The bar closes with the restaurant at 10:00pm on Friday
and Saturday nights.
Cole's Chop House
1122 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559, 707.224.6328
This popular Mexican restaurant is part of a
small independently owned chain of restaurants. Very fun loving
atmosphere, whether patrons
are celebrating a birthday or just a day off. Packed to the gills
on Cinco de Mayo, Fridays and Saturdays are usually hopping.
Prices are reasonable and the service is great when the bar crowd
is only one to two deep. Sundays in the summer are fun, sometimes
you can catch a really cool band and just hang out on the lawn
with your dog and a Margarita.
Compadres Mexican Bar and Grill
6539 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, 707.944.2406
Cool bar and excellent outdoor bistro seating
make this quite the hip spot for lemon drop or other swanky drink.
Owned by a local chef, this bar and restaurant stay open late.
It’s the place other chefs drop by after they have closed their
kitchens. Prices are moderate to expensive. The oysters on ice
right around the corner from the bar make for tempting additions
to your night (especially if romance is on your mind, or just
6534 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599, 707.944.8037
Definitely a local haunt, this is more your
old-time bar crowd. If you look up to the old ceiling you will
find money and other sundry items stuck up there. If you choose
to part with your hard earned dollars in this fashion, the bartender
will give you a tack and rock which you use to pin the money
up. Of course, what goes up must come down (the rock) and if
you are not the thrower – you should be warned that there maybe
asteroids headed your direction. Prices are reasonable to average.
Sometimes you can hear a local live band here.
1205 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, 707-963-4921