Yountville Nightlife

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By Courtney Cochran

Home to more than a dozen bona fide restaurants - and more Michelin stars per capita than any place in the world, Yountville is easily one of the nation's premier dining destinations.  So while it makes sense that dinner is often the primary item on visitors' agendas after dark, it's also true that good nightlife can be had in this Wine Country hamlet:  You just have to look a little harder for it than you would within city limits.  Those looking to keep the party going after the check arrives should read on for tips on the best spots to take in a little nightlife in this newly hot Wine Country hamlet.
chandonterrace.jpgBubble Bar
Longtime visitors to Yountville know that the Tasting Lounge at standout bubbly producer Domaine Chandon is home to some pretty festive evening events (Bastille Day soirée, anyone?).  When planning your next trip, be sure to check out the spot's Events page online to see what's on the horizon come evenings; parties often take place on the spot's gorgeous outdoor terrace to the accompaniment of live music and the tinkling - mais bien sûr - of Champagne flutes by happy revelers.  
1 California Dr., Yountville, CA 94599 * Call for events info: (888) 242-6366

Lounge_3278.jpgTerazzo Terrific
The interior of chef Michael Chiarello's mega popular new Bottega welcomes with its cozy-chic Cal-Ital décor, but we think the best thing about this centrally located resto is the outdoor terrace (that's "Terazzo" to the initiated).  Boasting two wood-burning stone fireplaces and both lounge and table seating, this plum al fresco spot stays open late, weather permitting, making it perfect for grabbing a casual late bite or flirting the evening away with your fellow patrons.  Full bar.
6525 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599  * (707) 945-1050

Oyster Me
Bouchon may be a favorite prime time dining destination in town, but this charming French bistro from Thomas Keller is also one of the mid-valley's best bets for late-night dining, quaffing and socializing among both locals and out-of-towners alike (until an unheard-of 12:30am!).  Grab a seat at the spot's curved zinc bar and order a platter of oysters from the excellent Raw Bar; paired with a nervy glass of superb grower Champagne, it's the best thing you'll find for miles when it comes to keeping your eyes, ears and palate alert into the wee hours.
6534 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 * (707) 944-8037

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