Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

DRINKS The General Something this cool is expected in more urban locations, but it makes Marina’s Dunes shopping center into a sports bar destination. Don’t overlook the classic (and strong) cocktail menu. 120 General Stilwell Drive #110 (behind Dametra), Marina. (831) 274-4444 The Otter’s Den This comfortable sports lounge offers a full bar, pool table, dartboard and big flat-screens. Weekday happy hours offer a break from studies. The definitive college bar in Marina. 3166 Vista Del Camino Circle, Marina. (831) 8831227, MONTEREY Alejandro’s You can order a classic margarita. Or you can go with one that is crystal clear. There’s no space here to explain the process, but it’s an indication of just how the bar staff combines traditional bartending with innovative mixology. 474 Alvarado St., Monterey. (831) 7174781, Alfredo’s Cantina Famed as a last-stop nightcap spot, this downtown watering hole dishes out no-frills drinks with old-school service. A cozy, cash-only dive with a seriously fun jukebox. 266 Pearl St., Monterey. (831) 375-0655 Alvarado Street Brewery The mix of chef, brewmaster and design give it the feel of a big-city trendsetter, but it also features a beer garden out back. The beer menu is ever-changing, but always includes gold medal-winners, and the easy-drinking lager Monterey Beer. 426 Alvarado St., Monterey, (831) 655-2337, Bayside Bar and Lounge It’s easy to focus on the view—sweeping windows open onto the beach and Monterey Bay—but don’t forget to pay attention to the cocktail menu. Draft beers and wines by the glass, too. In the Monterey Tides Hotel. 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey. (831) 394-3321, Bon Ton L’Roy’s Lighthouse Smokehouse It’s a unique restaurant, but there is a small bar in the back and the place often schedules live music. 794 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. (831) 375-6958 Britannia Arms This downtown spot serves up a traditional Brit pub/Yank bar menu, domestic and imported beers, liquor, flat-screens and a giant projector for all manner of sports. 444 Alvarado St., Monterey. (831) 656-9543, Bulldog Sports Pub A little bit British neighborhood pub, a lot American sports bar. There are big screens on every wall, so you won’t miss any of the action and a mixologist to craft clever cocktails. But there’s fish and chips on the menu and ales on tap, too. 611 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. (831) 658-0686, Cibo Ristorante Italiano Cibo is a fave for the upscale downtown crowd. After dinner, it evolves into a lively jazz nightclub. Great happy hour too. 301 Alvarado St., Monterey. (831) 649-8151, Crown & Anchor British Pub This nautical-themed pub pours a rotating roster of British and Scottish ales on draught and single malt scotches, alongside hearty British fare. 150 W. Franklin St., Monterey. (831) 6496496, Duffy’s Tavern An out-of-the-way neighborhood spot that serves up beer, wine and pub fare, as well that rare in-the-know feeling. This is an old-school, no-frills, friendly spot for a burger and a beer. 282 High St., Monterey. (831) 644-9811 Dust Bowl Brewing Company The long benches on the back patio invite groups big or small to sample a range of beers, order from the adjacent taco truck if it’s on hand or try your hand at cornhole. Doggie friends welcome in the outdoor area, as well. 290 Figueroa St. (adjacent to Rec Trail), Monterey. (831) 641-7002, dustbowlbrewing. com Easy Street Billiards This local billiards institution has hosted amateur drop-in, handicapped, 9-ball tournaments every Thursday night since opening in 1999. 511 Tyler St., Monterey. (831) 333-0825 Fieldwork Brewing Company This outdoor-only beer garden is a locals gathering place that’s particularly nice on a sunny afternoon, or post up next to a fire pit on a chilly night. The beer list is always changing, and tasters are available if you want to try them all. Bring your dog and bring your own food. 560 Munras Ave., Monterey. (831) 3240658, Hula’s Island Grill Hula’s happy hour happens each day of the week, but it lasts all night on Tiki Tuesdays. So the island appetizers and the creatively named tropical drinks boast great value. There’s a second bar out back in a lively courtyard. 622 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. (831) 655-4852, Jacks Monterey Some of the city’s best craft cocktails include the house’s barrel-aged concoctions served to guests at the polished stone bar. The atrium patio adds to the seating options. Portola Hotel, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. (831) 6497830, Kona Steak & Seafood The popular restaurant’s equally popular bar 106 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 FRONT COVER 5/4/22 7:36 PM FRONT COVER **MMM 2022 Brochure 4x9-FINAL.indd 1 5/4/22 7:36 PM 751 Cannery Row • Monterey Across from Bubba Gump’s 831-649-MAZE