How to Use Your Wine Personality to Make the Most of Napa Nightlife

Napa Valley Wine Nightlife

We all know you’re like a fine wine and improve with age, but exactly which wine is your kindred spirit?

Are you more sensual like a Sauvignon or bold like a Shiraz? Your answer may help you choose where to go to make the most out of Napa Valley Nightlife.

Cabernet Sauvignon

“I love everything that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.”

― Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield

Oliver Goldsmith was a Cab. If you’re like him, you probably like a juicy steak, old-world charm and a place with history. Because you know things can only get better with age.

If you want to rub elbows with other Cabs, spend your Napa Valley nights here.

Capp Heritage

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NapaLive musicYesLounge
Walking into Capp Heritage is like taking a step back in time. One look at the décor and you wouldn’t be surprised one bit to learn that Capp’s owners are part of one of Napa’s oldest families, with history that dates back to 1845.

Auberge du Soleil Bistro & Bar

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RutherfordAmazing terrace viewYesWine bar
Auberge du Soleil began as a simple Napa Valley restaurant more than 30 years ago. It is still an inviting place to sip a cocktail by the fire, but it has evolved into a world-class resort. The bistro and bar is the perfect mix of history, elegance and modern comfort.

Cameo Cinema

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St. Helena100+ years oldYesTheatre
The Cameo celebrated its Centennial on May 15, 2013 with a new screen, new seats and a new sound system. Even with 100 years behind its belt, this theater provides an exciting movie-going experience for all. While other single-screen theaters are closing their doors, Cameo Cinema is a refreshing nod to simpler times.


“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”

― Paulo Coelho, Brida

Merlot’s are easygoing and always up for anything. But they aren’t exactly pushovers. If you’re a Merlot, you live life with passion and enjoy having a brilliant time. You don’t need fancy digs. You just need the right mix of cool people and a no-frills vibe. You’ll be at home in any of these Napa Valley establishments.

Napa Palisades Saloon

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Downtown NapaUnique bar menuYesSports bar
If an Old West saloon and a modern Napa wine bar had a baby, that baby would be the Napa Palisades Saloon. This downtown watering hole offers rustic décor, scrumptious food, and beer and wine. The Napa Palisades Saloon is one sports bar where you don’t need to be a sports fan to enjoy yourself.

Green Door

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NapaLive musicYesDive bar
The Green Door is quite possibly the most popular dive bar in Napa. Here, it’s not about the ambiance. It’s about living it up with friends and dancing the night away. The drinks are cheap, the bartender has a heavy pour and the juke box only stops rockin’ for live music.

Susie's Bar

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CalistogaKaraokeYesDive bar
This Napa watering hole is about as no-frills as they come. With pool tables, an open mic night and a claw machine game where you can win anything from a stuffed animal to XXX videos, Susie’s is all about good times.

Pancha’s of Yountville

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YountvilleLast saloon in NapaYesDive bar
Settled amongst posh wine bars and ivy-covered restaurants, Pancha’s is the only true saloon in the Napa Valley. Pull your pickup into the gravel parking lot and mosey on in to enjoy a stiff drink and a smoke. It’s one of the few bars where you can still smoke in Napa.


“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”

― Charles Baudelaire

To the Shiraz personality, life is one big party. They work hard and really, really enjoy unwinding. If you’re a Shiraz, you prefer a place that’s lively and open late. Because you decide when the party is over. If you’re looking for a fun place that’s open till the wee hours, try out these Napa Valley bars.


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NapaRecord playersClosed SundaysLounge
Open till 2am on the weekends and 1am during the week, Cadet offers a lively lounge setting with a vintage vibe where the party is always on. Buy a bottle and you can pick a record (yes, they have actual vinyl) to play… until it ends or someone else buys a bottle. Cadet also offers a small selection of snacks and munchies.

Hydro Bar and Grill

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CalistogaDog friendlyYesDive Bar
Hydro Bar and Grill is a fun place to go for a mouth-watering burger, nice atmosphere and live music. If you’ve got late night munchies, this is the place to be. The kitchen is open until midnight. The best part? You can even bring your dog!

Ana's Cantina

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St. HelenaPrice is rightYesDive Bar
If the dollars hanging from the ceiling aren’t enough indication that this is the scene of an epic party, then nothing will convince you. While you’re there, ask about how you get can your own dollar up on the ceiling of this no-frills St. Helena bar.

Crush Ultra Lounge

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NapaLive musicYesLounge
Enjoy live music, sip beer or wine by the fire, and bowl with friends all under one roof. If you’re looking for entertainment that’s a step up from the typical bar experience, Crush Ultra Lounge is the place to go.


“In wine, there’s truth.”

― Pliny the Elder, Natural History

This simple, classic quote could be the motto for any Malbec personality. Malbec’s are deep and soulful. They prefer to hangout in low-key places, so they can connect with friends and have meaningful discussions. If you want a quiet space to converse with other Malbec’s, head to these Napa Valley spots.

Solbar Outdoor Patio

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CalistogaDog friendlyYesRestaurant bar
Set within a tranquil Calistoga resort, this restaurant bar offers a relaxed and intimate setting. When you want to unwind and connect with close friends and tasty bites, Solbar’s Outdoor Patio does not disappoint. You can even bring your four-legged friends.

Carpe Diem Wine Bar

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Downtown NapaA local favoriteYesWine bar
Carpe Diem was founded by three people from opposite ends of the country whose dreams led them to the Napa Valley. This Napa wine bar is a cool spot to gather for a bite to eat and a glass of wine.

Vermeil Wines

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NapaLive musicYesWine bar
If you’re visiting from Philly, you may stop at Vermeil Wines because it is named after coach Dick Vermeil. If you’re from anywhere else in the world, you may stop at Vermeil for its wine (the Sauvignon Blanc is a favorite of many). This Napa Valley tasting room stays open later than most, making it an ideal place to keep the tasting vibe going after a day of touring wineries.

Sauvignon Blanc

“Wine enters through the mouth, Love, the eyes. I raise the glass to my mouth, I look at you, I sigh.”

― W.B. Yeats

The Sauvignon Blanc personality is sophisticated, classy and romantic. The Sauvignon Blanc understands how the soft glow of a well-placed candle can elevate the entire mood of a room. Ambiance is very important to this personality. If you’re looking for a place that is as chic as it is inviting, check out the Napa Valley nightlife here.

Silo's Music Room

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Downtown NapaLive musicYesLounge
Imagine a pairing of world-class wines, flavorful food and mind-blowing music. In a nutshell, this is Silo’s Music Room. This intimate club offers live jazz, rock & blues daily to keep your toes tapping while you enjoy a cocktail or glass of locally made wine.

Uptown Theatre

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Downtown NapaLive musicClosed SundaysTheatre
The ambiance is almost as impressive as the entertainment at this Art Deco theater that has stood in Napa since 1937. Uptown Theater hosts some of the biggest names in music and comedy, from Lewis Black to Ziggy Marley.

Mercantile Terrace

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NapaLive musicYesLounge
Located on the rooftop of the Andaz Hotel, this classy lounge serves small plates, boutique wines, craft cocktails & beer. When you’re looking for a break from all the wine tasting, grab a cocktail at Mercantile. You won’t be disappointed.