Where to Grab Drinks This Summer in St. Helena

We love a good cocktail, and who can say no to outdoor seating in the summertime? These are our favorite spots to grab drinks (beyond the winery!) when you want some sunshine too.

Double up on your food and beverage mission this summer. Come hungry, come thirsty, and you’ll be glad you did. Whether you’re here for the wine or not, these are some of the best options for patio drinking and dining in Saint Helena. It’s time to sit back and relax. (Or just sip back and relax.)

The Charter Oak

This month’s smoked ? wings courtesy of Green Mesquite BBQ in Austin, TX

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Beat the?with one of our #largeformat cocktails☝?

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Local rockfish grilled over the hearth ?

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The Charter Oak succeeds because their premise is simple: fresh, local, delicious, and approachable food and drinks — you don’t have to compromise on flavor when it comes to trying something out of the ordinary. Chefs Hong and Kostow take extraordinary care with every dish, utilizing seasonal ingredients and grilling all their own meats. A top-notch bar program highlights cocktails that feel familiar without being boring. They serve many local wines, as well.

Pizzeria Tra Vigne

Let’s take this pizza outside. Thin sourdough crust is the name of the game at Tra Vigne, and we’re here for it. If you’re on the market for other quality Italian dishes — pastas, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, the works — there’s plenty more to choose from. Wines on tap and sportingly good sangria round out the meal.

Goose & Gander

This St. Helena restaurant may have a reputation for their indoor ambience, but we think what’s on the outside should matter too. Goose & Gander is just consistently wonderful. You can get your food as weird as you want — foie gras PB&J, anyone? Fried olives and pistachios? — or take it easy with a more-than-adequate burger, fries, and/or salad. Shake it up with a featured cocktail, or get down with the likes of the modest Mule.

Where do you go for drinks when you’re in the Napa Valley?

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