NAPA, Calif., May 10, 2016 – BottleRock Napa Valley is only a few weeks away. The energy around this four-time festival is building. The wineries, restaurants, bands and Napa Valley itself is in full preparation mode for the fest.
BottleRock is comprised of three days of live music on four stages, and some of the best wine from Napa and Sonoma accompanied by Napa’s biggest names in food.
Expectations are set high for this four-time festival, with a stunning musical line-up that includes Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The Machine, The Lumineers, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Franti, Ozomatli and Bay Area local Fantastic Negrito.
Since you will not be eating every meal at the fest and since there are seemingly countless places to eat and drink in Napa, here is your guide on where to eat, drink and play before and after BottleRock.
1313 has a killer brunch on Sundays. When in season, their Bloody Mary bar is to die for. Be sure to try their Lobster Benedict and Chicken and Waffles. 1313 also has an incomparable wine bar and restaurant that is open for dinner and wine flights.
If you are a sparkling fan, check out their bubbles flight.
Location: 1313 Main Street, Napa.
ABC (Alexis Baking Company)
Since 1985, ABC has been whipping up California-Mexican inspired breakfasts that will rock your world. What began as a wholesale bakery, supply much of the bread to Napa Valley restaurants has become a breakfast destination.
Be sure to try their Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles and Mexican Breakfast Sandwich. They often feature a small 2-3 person band on weekends as well.
Location: 1517 Third Street, Napa.
Grace’s Table offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, but their breakfasts are absolutely divine. Don’t miss Grandma’s Donuts, Iron Skillet Cornbread with Lavender Honey, or their house cured Salmon Gravlax bagels with cream cheese.
They also feature brunch on weekends and happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-6pm with $6 bites.
Location: 1400 Second Street, Napa.
Many of the local restaurants get their bread from Model Bakery. They are pretty new though — they’ve only been around for about 100 years.
The highest recommendation goes to their breakfast sandwiches. Go early or be prepared to wait in long lines. Close location, super close to the fest to pick up a bite on your way in to BottleRock.
Location: 644 First Street, Napa.
Ca’ Momi Osteria
Ca’ Momi’s original location in the Oxbow Market is still around, but their newer location on 1st Street offers a much bigger setting featuring tall ceilings and a private room that overlooks the whole restaurant, magnificent Napoletana pizzas and a pretty sweet bar that serves late.
Friday and Saturday nights they also have live, acoustic music starting at 10 p.m. Perfect timing to continue to get your groove on after BottleRock.
Location: 1141 First Street, Napa.
Carpe Diem Wine Bar & Cafe
Carpe Diem was greatly affected by the earthquake that struck Napa in 2015. It took them nearly a year to reopen, but reopen they did and with a vengeance. Seize the day along with their inspiring wine list and mouth-watering California cuisine.
Insider tip: ask for the popcorn. It is not on the menu but you can still get it upon request. You’ll swear you’ve died and gone to popcorn heaven.
Location: 610 First Street, Napa.
Located in the Historic Napa Mill, Celadon is the creation of executive chef Greg Cole (also of Cole’s Chop House) and inspired by chef Federico Guillen for what they call global comfort food.
Dining suggestions include: Crispy Braised Pork Belly, Sweet Coconut Prawns, Double Cut Heritage Pork Chop and Pan Seared Scallops. They are open for lunch and dinner daily.
Location: 500 Main St, Suite G, Napa.
Farm is located a short drive from downtown Napa and resides inside The Carneros Inn. This is fine dining at its best.
They offer an impressive wine list, hand-crafted cocktail menu, an exciting food menu and an elegant dining room with perfect lighting and massive ceilings.
Suggestions include: Oysters on the Half Shell, Cured Local Halibut Crudo, Aquerello Risotto, Sonoma Duck Breast and Prime NY Strip Loin.
Location: 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa.
Oenotri offers quite possibly the best Italian food in all of Napa Valley featuring hand made pastas and habit-forming polenta. They feature what they call a “seed to table” experience, focusing on local meat, seafood and produce from the bounty of Napa Valley.
They literally make everything.
Start with one of their pizzas, have a pasta in the middle (such as their Mostaccioli with Pork Ragu) and finish off with local artisan cheeses. Don’t forget the crack-like Polenta.
Location: 1425 First Street, Napa.
Amazing Spanish tapas and seafood is what you will find at super-cozy Zuzu. There is not a bad thing on the menu. A few favorites include: Plato de Jamon, Queso Frito, Bacalao (sald cod), Paella del Dia, and Colorado Lamb Chops with Moroccan Barbeque Glaze.
Zuzu does not take reservations so either be prepared to wait or get their early.
Location: 829 Main Street, Napa.
Drinks & Light Bites
Located right by Zuzu (same owners), this is a great place to grab a drink and a light Spanish-style bite before or after BottleRock. Michael the wine buyer does a wonderful job of finding some amazing, international wine gems that are reasonably priced while still packing a flavor punch.
Location: 815 Main Street, Napa.
John Anthony Tasting Room
John Anthony is open late every day of the week so BottleRock-goers can come and experience their fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc after the festival closes each night.
Location: 1440 First Street, Napa.
Yes Morimoto is more known for their sushi. But they also have fantabulous cocktails, sake and a gigantic bar.
Looking to wet your whistle, try: Habanotherone, Brazilian Melon Party, Casual Encounter, or their Crimson Mimosa.
Location: 1610 Main Street, Napa.
A rustic, gastro pub and brewery and one of the few places in downtown Napa where you can grab some light bites with a great beer selection that won’t break the bank. Location: 1000 Main Street #100, Napa.
PureCru Wine Tasting Room
Another winery gem in the heart of downtown Napa that is open late. The wines here are so delicious, you should head here before BottleRock to make sure your palate is still in tact.
Location: 1463 First Street, Napa.
Cadet Wine & Beer Bar
Cadet is a bit of a local’s scene, a wee bit off the beaten path and down an alley. They feature a very good wine list along with local craft beers by the dozen. If you buy a bottle of wine, you get to pick the next record.
Location: 930 Franklin Street, Napa.
Silo’s is an intimate little nightclub that features nightly jazz and blues along with a pretty decent wine list including locally sourced wines.
If you haven’t had enough music yet after the closing act at BottleRock, head here for some tunes, drinks and good times. Check their website to find out who will be playing Memorial Day Weekend.
Location: 530 Main Street, Napa.
A great downtown Napa resource is the website DoNapa.com. Find everything here, from wineries to restaurants to local boutique shops.
Our next BottleRock article will highlight the best wine and food at the festival along with wine and music pairing suggestions.