By day, Danville is the perfect picture of suburban bliss because it’s quiet, comfortable, and family-friendly. Danville after dark, however, is completely different experience. The multitude of tony bars and restaurants that line the downtown area fill the tree-lined streets with the aroma of good food and pulse of live music. It’s no wonder Danville has become a nightlife destination that regularly draws A-listers from around the East Bay.
Every proper nightlife expedition starts off with a drink and a bite to eat. In the mood for a sophisticated night out? Head to Martini Sky (416 Sycamore Valley Road West) for perfectly mixed cocktails and delicately prepared small plates. For a more raucous atmosphere, check out McGah's Pub & Pianos (148 E. Prospect Avenue) dueling pianos, ice cold brews and gut-busting 5lb. Burger! The Crown (331 Hartz Ave) is Danville’s British pub. This friendly public house serves a large selection of imported ales. If you want to compete in one of their Thursday night trivia contests, show up early to grab a table.
Lately, wine bars are all the rage in Danville. If you really enjoy one of the wines served at The Vine at Bridges (480 Hartz Avenue), you can take a whole bottle home with you – this well-stocked bar (more than 350 wines from around the world) is also a shop. The shop’s staff prides itself on its service and expertise. Recently, the Wild Vine Hideaway merged with Father Nature’s Restaurant to become Father Natures Hideaway (172 E. Prospect Avenue). The Wild Vine’s familiar wine list is now augmented by an expanded menu. Fans of the Auburn James winery should visit their Tasting Room & Gallery (321 Hartz Avenue) for flights of the acclaimed vintner’s wines in a sophisticated setting filled with beautiful art.
After everyone has had a round, it’s time to find some live entertainment. On Friday and Saturday nights, the staff at Meenar Music Club (349 Hartz Avenue) clears the floor to make way for the dancers that show up for their sweaty and heart-pounding live music nights. The happiest place on Earth isn’t Disneyland. It’s actually Danville’s Village Theatre (233 Front Street). That’s where the Trapped In A Rumor Improv company performs their hilarious unscripted comedy shows. On Thursday nights in July and August, Hertz Avenue becomes the most stylish parking lot in the world. The Hot Summer Nights Car Show is a grease monkey’s dream come true. This outdoor event also features food and a carnival, but auto enthusiasts will be too busy gawking at the classic cars and hot rods to notice.
Not ready to go home yet? The Tower Grille (301 Hartz Avenue) is conveniently open until 1 a.m. This late night spot specializes in comfort food, offering pizzas, pastas and, according to the Danville Express, the best burger in town.
These spots make Danville the hippest and most exciting town in the East Bay. If you’re planning to visit during the day, why not stay a little longer and experience all the town has to offer?