During our private food & wine pairing at Etude, we had lots of conversations with the couple that joined us. They were celebrating their one year anniversary (awww) and of course, we’re celebrating our 9th (awww). Anyway, they told us about their evening the night prior, which included a party bus that played a video of Steve Perry and Journey, and drinks at a bar called Fagiani’s in Napa.
Our Etude host, Tammy (more on that wine experience later, because she was fabulous) told us the following story about this bar:
It was a popular bar in the 1970s until the owner’s sister was murdered in the bar. The owner closed it down – without cleaning it – and vowed only to reopen it when her sister’s killer was found. It sat empty for more than 2 decades – with the bottles and empty glasses collecting dust – until new DNA evidence linked the killer to the murder, and the owner sold the bar. It reopened in 2012, with many of the original bottles and decor incorporated into the new restaurant.
The bar happened to be right up the road from the place we were staying (Napa River Inn) so we decided to check it out. Will immediately started singing a song about Mr. Mixologist, and when I watched the video later, I laughed, because this was our bartender – completely serious, non-chatty, and focused on making complicated drinks.
So the video is pretty funny – but I have to say, I’d recommend this place to anyone because the decor and drinks are so unique – I loved the trendy retro atmosphere. Our mixologist certainly knew his cocktail facts, too – the drink I had was French Revolution inspired, had many ingredients including sparkling wine and a process that included ice crushed with a spoon.