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10Best Napa Valley Spots to Sit and Sip After Sunset

Days in Napa Valley are filled tasting at its more than 500 wineries. Folks tend to move at a bustling taste, making their way to favorite tasting rooms while trying to squeeze in new suggestions. But when the sun goes down and vintners go home, life slows down a bit in Napa Valley. Endless bottles continue to get un-corked after sunset, but they have to share the wine country stage. Live performances are nightly affairs at the Uptown Theatre and the more than 100 year old Cameo Cinema is a great place to finally catch that movie you’ve wanted to see.

If it’s more about grabbing a drink than catching a show, Downtown Napa has the busiest nightlife scene in wine country, with spots like Cadet and Napa Palisades keeping their doors open late.

So take a nap after your busy day of tasting, and use these 10Best spots to inspire some Napa Valley after dark exploring and toasting.

Cook Tavern & Pizzeria
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Whether you're coming from work or making rounds through Napa Valley, Cook Tavern offers a nice place to relax and unwind in St. Helena. With an impressive list of craft and classic cocktails, a beer or glass of wine might not make the cut here....  Read More

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You know you're in for a treat when you first walk into Silo's at the Historic Napa Mill in downtown Napa. Records adorn the ceiling and album covers wrap the walls. Silo's offers live music Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. What...  Read More

Crush Ultra Lounge
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Roll a strike Napa style at Crush Ultra Lounge. Bowling is different here. Think fresh, modern and yes, even hip. Located at The Meritage Resort and Spa, a short drive from downtown Napa, Crush Ultra Lounge is a luxury sports bar. Beer, wine and...  Read More



How long does it take to read an 18 page wine list? Find out at Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ. With 400 bottles of wine and 40 available by-the-glass, you'll have to make some tough decisions here. Beer lovers, there's a menu for you...  Read More

Napa Palisades Saloon
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If you didn't know it was there, you could walk right by Napa Palisades Saloon, but you'd be missing out. Bigger inside than it appears from the outside, Napa Palisades is a sports bar where you don't have to be a sports fans to have a good...  Read More

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Where ever you call home, you'll feel welcome in this neighborhood hangout. Featuring beer and wines from all over the world, Cadet is a nice combination of all the things folks like about wine tasting rooms and all the fun things about bars,...  Read More

Cameo Cinema
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More than 100 years of Hollywood has graced the screen at Cameo Cinema. Believed to be the oldest single screen movie house still in operation in the United States, the Cameo makes going to the movies an exciting experience. Stop at the...  Read More



The bar closes when the last person leaves at Solbar. Lively, but quiet enough to have an enjoyable conversation, Solbar is a great spot to grab a late night drink or bite to eat. The wines by the glass list is impressive, but the fun signature...  Read More

St. Helena
Goose & Gander
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Ask any local where to go at night in St. Helena and the answer is always the same – Goose & Gander. It's about a block off of St. Helena's main drag, but that doesn't stop anyone. Head up the stairs for the main entrance to the...  Read More



Phenomenal performers and a great stage make the Uptown Theatre a top nightlife spot in downtown Napa. Whether it's a musician the likes Keb' Mo' or comedian Adam Carolla, the art deco Uptown Theatre is popular spot for locals and visitors...  Read More


Meet Dana Rebmann

Dana Rebmann moved from San Francisco to Wine Country in search of sunshine. Amazing wine and food was a delightful bonus.

A former television producer for NBC News, Dana is a regular...  More About Dana