Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

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Two of Napa’s favorite events are just around the corner.

First up: Main Street Reunion Car Show, Aug. 19-20.

Friday the 19th, in the old Cinedome parking lot, check out 150 pre-1976 cars and trucks from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

It’s a warmup to the Main event – Saturday’s car show, featuring 400 cars. Both are free to attend. For details on registering your car for either day, visit

The following Saturday, Aug. 27, Blues, Brews & BBQ returns for the eighth year. This one is exactly what the name implies. It’s open to the public, free and fun. Noon to 6 p.m. Visit for details.

Happy birthday…

Napa Palisades Saloon, at 1000 Main St., just north of First Street, is celebrating their first birthday.

It took about a whopping 20 minutes after opening that first day for Napa Palisades to become a hit with locals, which is exactly what the owners had in mind.

Chuck Meyer, one of the four friends who teamed up to open Napa Palisades Saloon, talked about the concept.

“We all live here in Napa, and built a place that our friends and neighbors would feel at home in,” he said.

While lots of businesses say they are for locals, these guys mean it.

“We didn’t want anything pretentious. If tourists want to come here, that’s great, but we want the place to be full of locals every night.”

Although multiple TV screens covering different sporting events hang on the walls, this isn’t really a sports bar. The beer and the food are too good for that moniker.

“With all the great craft beers there are around here, there’s been a big void in the market,” said managing partner Charlie Crebs.

“You can drive 25 miles in any direction from Napa and taste some of the best beers in the country.”

Napa Palisades has 32 of them on tap, starting with five or six of their own beers.

Their Loco IPA, Gold Rush Red and the Little Loco Session IPA are all house favorites. Guest Taps often include other local brews from Tannery Bend, Lagunitas, Heretic and 101 North among others. Another dozen taps dispense wine and ciders.

The newest addition to the tap list? Cocktails.

The current trend in restaurants is to brew beer as a way of getting licensed to sell mixed drinks, but these guys are still serious beer guys.

“Folks enjoy coming in for a great cocktail, but we are really focused on brewing amazing beer, not just selling drinks,” said Crebs.

“We have the best R&D you can get – we can make a beer and find out instantly if people like it.”

Napa Palisades Saloon is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, to midnight on Friday, from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 296-1552 or visit

See you downtown!

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or