Just because you’re taking a fabulous vacation in wine country doesn’t mean you have to skip out on following your favorite teams while you’re away. In fact, while Napa Valley has hundreds of wine tasting rooms, it also has dozens of great sports bars and other venues that are perfect spots for sipping a few choice beverages, enjoying some great food, and watching the big game.
While the City of Napa, with its several walk-friendly blocks, has a great volume of locations to catch the game, there are many great spots throughout Napa Valley where you can cheer on your favorite team. Here is our list of some fan favorites, ranging South to North in Napa Valley…or, what the locals refer to as down-valley and up-valley.
At the gateway to Napa Valley in American Canyon, Dos Botellas serves up fresh Mexican food and Margaritas. This taqueria proudly features authentic family recipes. Plus, Dos Botellas regularly shows soccer, football, and baseball on TVs in the main dining room. With friendly pricing, guests can easily eat their way through all four quarters of every game.
At Junction Brewery & Grill, the world revolves around sporting events. In fact, Mondays are all about Monday Night Football, and, with multiple TVs throughout, there’s always a good viewing spot. On the menu, guests find a fusion of Italian and Mediterranean food. So get in, order-up, and game on!
For a traditional sports viewing experience, try Norman Rose Tavern. With a trio of televisions around the bar, sports fans can enjoy tasty cocktails, delicious food, and the “big game,” especially pro games featuring Bay Area favorite teams. Downtown Joe’s has a similar setup, only with more TVs (and, in one part of the bar, four televisions set up in such a way that the screens make one giant image). And don’t miss Napa Palisades Saloon. With multiple televisions throughout the joint, this place is sure to have your favorite team on TV. Plus, the chicken wings are great and, with the selection of beers on tap, there is an option for most everyone. That’s hands down, a first down!
Soccer fans will love BarnHouse Napa Brews, where a huge television in the unassuming lounge regularly shows UEFA Champions League Soccer when matches air from the United Kingdom. At BarnHouse, the vibe is cozy (think your best friend’s living room) and, depending on the time of your game, you can get anything from coffee and pastries to wine, mead, and beer. Goal!
NapaSport Steakhouse and Lounge (pictured above), an upscale sports bar, just south of downtown, is technically like three separate venues in one: a sports lounge with 14 TVs, a fine-dining restaurant, and an outdoor patio with TVs during the warm-weather months. The food offering is available within all three areas but the experiences are vastly different, especially during 49ers, Giants, and Warriors games, when excitement in the lounge rivals any sports bar in the country!
Another great spot for catching a big game is Ace & Vine, which is a mashup of a small card room, an upscale Asian-fusion restaurant, and a swanky bar. While the bar area is not specifically earmarked as a sports bar, there are always at least four flat-screen televisions tuned to different sporting events. You can even watch a game while you play blackjack or poker! Be sure to visit during happy hour when draft beer is $5 a pint, red and white wine are $6 to $7 per glass, and cocktails are $8. With these options, the odds are in your favor!
South Yard at Napa Valley Marriott is one of Napa’s newest outdoor venues and features televisions sprinkled throughout an al fresco seating area. In addition to sports games on the TVs, guests can get in on their own games – South Yard features ping-pong, cornhole, and darts. It’s a great place to spend a gameday – or any other day. South Yard features an awesome Sunday brunch menu with bottomless Mimosas and, during the NFL season, you can find Sunday Game Day specials like $1 wings, dumplings, and sliders. Touchdown!
If you happen to be staying at The Meritage Resort, you don’t need to go anywhere to find the game. Head over to Crush Lounge, kick back, and enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail while the game unfolds on multiple TVs – in fact, on twelve of them. Perhaps the best part – Crush Lounge also feature a six-lane bowling alley. Next level gaming entertainment!
Yountville, Napa Valley’s proclaimed food capital, is no exception when it comes to game day. One of the best places to watch (and eat) is at Thomas Keller’s La Calenda – especially if you’re here for the soccer and especially if you love an artisanal take on classic Mexican food. Plus, the Margarita options are incredible. The restaurant exudes Mexican culture, and guests can dive into the deep end of the experience with live soccer matches, airing whenever available, while sipping the finest of mezcal and tequila. Salud!
Think of Ana’s Cantina as the quintessential Napa Valley watering hole. Known by locals simply as Ana’s, this spot is affectionately embraced as the only “dive bar” in downtown St. Helena. But don’t be fooled, it’s not only the kind of place where local grape growers and winemakers stop in for a beer after work, but Ana’s has also served up beer to guests sporting tuxedos and evening gowns! A town favorite for sports fans – whether that’s soccer, football, or baseball – Ana’s has also revived its Thursday night karaoke. You never know who you might see…or hear at Ana’s!
Located in the heart of St. Helena’s historic shopping district on Main Street is Erosion Tap House. With its chic modern farmhouse ambience and over 30 beers on tap, this spot offers multiple flat screen TVs for game time viewing. Plus Erosion offers delicious bar bites and housemade ice cream. Dessert in overtime for the win!
At Pizzeria Tra Vigne, enjoying sports, wine country style, is the name of the game. Arrive early for happy hour specials before the game. You won’t be sorry that you did! Pizzeria Tra Vigne features $5 beers on tap, $5 well drinks, and $7 “Red, White, and Bubbles.” Plus, with smoked wings, herbed fries, and…wait for it…$1.50 oysters on the half shell, the pre-game action is enviable, to say the least. Get yourself a spot at the bar because Tra Vigne knocks it out of the park!
Known for spa treatments and mud baths, guests in Calistoga have a range of choices for watching sports, too. Susie’s Bar, a traditional locals bar, has a couple of giant flat-screen televisions. On game days, at least one of these TVs will feature the 49ers game.
At Lincoln Avenue Brewery, with 10 big-screen televisions, 20 beers on tap, a garage-style microbrewery, and an expansive patio, there is always fun to be made. Brunch here is delicious – try the deep-fried risotto Benedict, a perfect hearty start for those early-morning games.
At House of Better, the open-air eatery at Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, even with mindfulness and relaxation as the vibe, the bartenders will switch on a game for guests to zen out.
So, while you may be visiting Napa Valley to experience the award-winning wines (and there are plenty of those), you can still experience your winning team bask in glory. With plenty of options, north and south, here in Napa Valley, you can belly up to a bar for a beer, kick-back al fresco with a glass of wine, or dine on foods by Michelin-rated chefs all the while, raising a glass to your team. Winning has never been so fun!