The recipe for a great football viewing is simple: mix several big TV screens and the NFL Sunday Ticket, greasy bar food (preferably hot wings), and free flowing beer. Bonus points are awarded for Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Here are 10 establishments to in Napa Valley.
Johnny’s Restaurant & Bar
Head to Johnny’s inside Calistoga’s Mount View Hotel where the games can be watched on five TVs. Gourmet brunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Johnny’s famous buffalo wings, the fried chicken sliders, or Creekstone Ranch hamburger (add the foie gras if you’re feeling a victory) have game day written all over them. Pair it with a bloody beer, or bottomless mimosas or poinsettias (cranberry juice and sparkling) for $15.
1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, www.johnnyscalistoga.com/
Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
As the only brewery Upvalley, the Calistoga Inn practically has a duty to local sports fans to show football on the four TVs inside the restaurant. Opening at 10 a.m., their weekend brunch menu features spicy “Best Wings” served with a gorgonzola cheese dipping sauce, and also the “Best Hash & Eggs,” where the corned beef comes braised in the brewery’s Calistoga Red Ale.
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, calistogainn.com/
The award of most equipped sports bar in town goes to Downtown Joe’s. Thanks to their 16+ TVs (and 14 satellites), Fantasy Football owners won’t miss a single play on Sundays, when in the spirit of Game Day, bloody mary’s are aptly garnished with a chicken wing. Open daily at 8 a.m., you can snag the best seats early and enjoy breakfast (I recommend the Banana Foster French Toast), or wait for the lunch menu, packed with football-friendly delights like buffalo chicken wings, potato skins, multiple burger options and Joe’s in-house brews to wash down another season of 49ers woes.
902 Main St., Napa, downtownjoes.com
— The Meritage Resort & Spa Crush Lounge
The Crush Lounge had me at their Bloody Mary Bar. But if you’re still not convinced, they’ve also got a dozen big screens, all day food and drink specials, pre-game breakfast offered until 1 p.m., and the RedZone channel for Fantasy addicts. Munch on elevated bar food, like Smoked Maple Honey Wings and a Crab Cake BLT, and then fit in a game of bowling, shuffleboard or billiards at halftime.
875 Bordeaux Way, Napa
— Hop Creek Pub
Broadcasting across 10 TVs, this Browns Valley gastropub caters to fans waving all colors. Cheer for your team in between bites of jumbo fried chicken wings tossed in housemade beer barbecue sauce, or one of their six savory burger options. With a name like Hop Creek, you won’t be disappointed by the local craft beer selection, but cocktail fans can also order up a carafe of mimosas ($19) or the Creekside Green Chili Bloody Mary, served with brunch from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Get there for MNF and TNF pre-game and enjoy their Happy Hour specials.
3253 Browns Valley Road, Napa, hopcreekpub.com/
— Napa Palisades Saloon
What do you get when you add together eight TVs and 32 beer taps? The ultimate Sunday Funday. Napa Palisades Saloon opens up with a to-die-for brunch menu at 9:30 a.m. for the early games, and the kitchen stays open until 10 p.m. — serving up buffalo wings so big they look like pterodactyl wings—so you won’t go hungry through the Sunday night showdown. Stop in on Sunday, Sept. 10, when Palisades will be donating a portion of proceeds to Houston and those affected by the flooding.
1000 Main St #100, Napa, napapalisades.com/
— Cook Tavern & Pizzeria
St. Helena’s Cook Tavern, which recently added Pizzeria to its name, has five big screens and eight California craft beers on tap, plus more in bottles and cans. Or, you can order up their Beaker of Bubbles, 1,000 ml of mimosa that comes in an actual lab beaker. Sunday Brunch starts at 10 a.m. and includes buffalo style chicken wings and Tavern Tater Tots with a “loaded dip.”
1304 Main St, St Helena, www.cooktavern.com/
— Napkins Bar + Grill
For just $15, you can sip endless mimosas and bellinis at Napkins, ensuring you’re well hydrated for a full day of football (just kidding, make sure you drink water too). You can also garnish your own bloody mary for $12, or take advantage of other food and drink specials while you nosh on non traditional chicken wings with citrus habanero glaze and avocado cream sauce. Napkins has four TVs and the only waterfall bar in town.
1001 Second St., Napa, napkinsnapa.com/
— Norman Rose Tavern
On the first Sunday of the season, Sept. 10, Norman Rose will run its weekday happy hour all day, which includes $5 beers, $3 Coors Lights and discounted wings and sliders. All other weeks will rotate different food and drink specials while the games broadcast on four big screens.
1401 First St., Napa, normanrosenapa.com/
— Tannery Bend Beerworks
If you haven’t yet stopped in the new brewery in town, Tannery Bend Beerworks, football season is a great excuse. The taps will be flowing during all football games along with a small menu of tasty bar snacks, like grilled cheese and sausages. For the week’s main event, order up their MNF special: a Coombs Combo featuring nachos with Tannery Bend beer cheese and a pint of the refreshing Coombs Saison for $12. I promise you this: what they lack in TVs (they’ve only got two), they make up for in fantastic beer and chill vibes.
101 S Coombs St., Suite X, Napa, tannerybendbeerworks.com/