night out in napa

Friday, October 26, 2007


Went out with some co-workers tonight. Started with bubbles at the lounge at Domaine Chandon. This place is pretty cool -- from 6 to 7 p.m., all bubbly is half off, which means I got a glass of the étoile rosé for $9 instead of $18. Other bonus points: Chandon is one of the few places that actually stays open late (10 p.m. is late for the Napa Valley). And one of the few places in the Valley where you can actually dance.

Because apparently Napa has a "no dancing" rule. There's some kind of city ordinance forbidding nightclubs. And by nightclub, they mean any place within city limits that has a dance floor. (Chandon is not in Napa proper -- it's actually in Yountville, just north of Napa.)

So no dancing at the Trancas Steakhouse, which is where we went after Domaine Chandon (and where the awesome sign in the photo can be found). Instead, there were salads (it was girls' night out) and a round of cocktails bought by the owner of the restaurant (who also took our pictures so now there's a good chance our faces may end up on the wall of the restaurant) and -- you guessed it -- karaoke.

Luckily, we left before anyone fed me enough drinks to convince me to get up there and sing "I Touch Myself."

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