Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

DRINKS all around the world. The owner is like an encyclopedia of malt. Tasting events are held on a regular basis and a bar is set to open. 425 Alvarado St., Monterey. (831) 241-6713, NORTH COUNTY 101 Wine Press Come for the local wines by the glass or a draft beer, stay for the barbecue—and the energetic vibes that make this place always lively. 8049 San Miguel Road, Prunedale. (831) 272-3025, Aromas Grill This is a full restaurant with excellent food, but you can also keep it simple and pull up a seat at the bar, order a beer and watch news or sports on TV or chat with locals. 304 Carpinteria Road, Aromas. (831) 726-9999, Haute Enchilada Cafe It’s a cafe, a gallery, a social club with group events and a place to hang out, eat sustainably and sip on a Mezzy Rita or two. Or a Haute Rita. Yes, you can also have a regular margarita. 7902 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing. (831) 633-5843, Moss Landing Inn The ceiling is coated with dollar bills and the whiskey flows generously. Expect Moss Landing characters and interesting conversation. 7902 Highway 1, Moss Landing. (831) 633-9803 PACIFIC GROVE California Seltzer Company You can order pizza and beer—craft beer—at this new-for-2022 space. But why not pizza and seltzer? They serve a line of craft hard seltzers with flavors like hibiscus lime and berry rush. Wine and small bites, too. 631 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove. Monarch Pub & Restaurant A popular location on Lighthouse in downtown Pacific Grove that became downtown’s first such establishment when it opened, pouring beers and shaking cocktails in a city that was dry for much of its history. 617 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 324-4987 The Grill at Point Pinos This is a destination for golfers but also for locals because you can get a beer or classic cocktail or be adventurous and take advantage of their innovative mixology. A bar bites menu is available. 79 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove. (831) 582-8919, LIQUOR STORES Drinkies Liquor They have a nice selection of anything you might want when it comes to alcohol. And the owners keep prices fair. 192 Country Club Gate Center, Pacific Grove. (831) 915-4451, Pacific Grove Bottle Shop Searching for craft beer? This is the place to go. There’s also a wine bar and a handy spirits section. Located in the Fairway Shopping Center. 1112 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 372-6091, PEBBLE BEACH Hay’s Place One could easily argue that Hay’s Place features the coolest patio seating in the county. It sits on Pebble Beach’s par-3 course with an impressive view, fire pits, and indoor-outdoor bar—in fact, the entire restaurant can be opened to the outside. Solid cocktails, too. 3253 Stevenson Drive, Pebble Beach. (800) 877-0597, 109