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Monterey Cypress trees clinging to the land at Point Lobos State Reserve and the celebration of author John Steinbeck\u2019s work at Salinas\u2019 National Steinbeck Center. Luckily, after the sun falls into the sea each evening, there is also a diversity of nightlife to discover in the region.
Recently, Monterey County has benefited greatly from the restoration of two historic entertainment venues: Monterey\u2019s Golden State Theatre and Salinas\u2019 Fox Theater. Over the past year, the Golden State has hosted everything from Sci-Fi Film Week to heavyweight music acts like Willie Nelson and Etta James. Meanwhile, the Fox has presented shows by comedian Gabriel Iglesias and Poison frontman Bret Michaels.
The two stately venues are not the only places featuring nationally known acts these days. Carmel\u2019s majestic Sunset Cultural Center has had folk icon Arlo Guthrie and skyrocketing singer/songwriter Jackie Greene grace its stage. Also, down in Big Sur, the Henry Miller Library has an eclectic offering of entertain- ment in the summer months from a festival of short films to musical events with Ramblin\u2019 Jack Elliott and Jonathan Richman.
The Monterey Peninsula\u2019s many nightclubs have plenty to entertain visitors while sipping on a local wine or tasty microbrew. Downtown Monterey\u2019s Monterey Live has a smattering of touring national acts and local musicians almost every night of the week. Cannery Row\u2019s Sly McFly\u2019s has guaranteed music seven days a week with jazz, pop and blues bands. And for a true taste of Monterey\u2019s hard rock and punk scene, wander over to Doc Rickett\u2019s Lab, which is located half a block off busy Alvarado Street.
Wickets lounge hosts nightly live jazz, mixes great martinis and cultivates a wonderful atmosphere. The bar offers views of beautiful Carmel Valley. 415 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley. 658-3550.
Impressive pub-style setting, featuring many domestic and imported beers, liquors, and occasional live music. Enjoy the roomy inte- rior and social atmosphere. 444 Alvarado St., Monterey. 656-9543.
The cheesesteak is delicious\u2014peppered thin-sliced rib-eye, soft bread with American Swiss white cheese and Cheez Whiz, just like so many soldiers in Jersey do it. But there\u2019s a lot more than the cheesesteak to recommend this place, including an expansive \u201cupscale tavern\u201d menu, great service, a cool atmosphere and flatscreen TVs. Fourth and San Carlos, Carmel. 624-2476.
Brits and Americans alike flock to this English pub in New Monterey. The Bulldog\u2019s got 16 domestic and international beers on tap, a big-screen TV and late-night pub grub, includ- ing burgers, salads, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd\u2019s pie. 611 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 658-0686.
Nothing beats having a beer outside on a warm summer evening. The people at Bullwacker\u2019s know this, and that\u2019s why this bar and grill on Cannery Row has a big outdoor patio with a handful of fire pits. On weekends, bands and acoustic musicians perform. 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. 373-1353.
This biker-friendly local institution boasts live entertainment and a terraced outdoor patio with an inviting fire pit. Enjoy a small but spir- ited dance floor, darts, pool and a full bar. 214 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 643-9169.
One of our readers\u2019 favorite sports bars, and no wonder. This quintessential hangout boasts a dozen 19-inch TVs, a big screen, 16 beers on tap and an extensive menu. Live evening enter- tainment from Motown to disco to karaoke, enticing lunch specials, and savory bar snacks. 350 Calle Principal, Monterey. 647-4023.
Known for its legendary martinis served in oversized, 9-ounce martini glasses, Cibo is a favorite meeting spot for singles in their 30s and 40s. It\u2019s a fun, crowded hangout with an urban attitude. Live jazz, funk, and Latin music
This authentic pub brings royal England to Monterey in the form of traditional nauti- cal decor, 20 beers on tap, fine single-malt Scotches and a full menu of hearty British and American food (sandwiches, meat pies, fish and chips). A heated outdoor patio rounds out its charms. 150 W. Franklin St., Monterey. 649-6496.
With college night and drink specials, Doc\u2019s is pulsing on a typical weekend night. A full sushi bar is available and the stage is always holding up either a live band, karaoke crooner, comedian, or a group of dancing singles. 180 E. Franklin St., Monterey. 649-4241.
Monterey\u2019s easiest place to play pool, fea- turing 13 tables. Enjoy a brew and listen to the jukebox while attempting to sink the elusive 8-ball. Appetizers like taquitos and cheeses- ticks are available for the hungry pool shark. Amateur drop-in tournaments, call for details. 511 Tyler St., Monterey, 333-0825.
You never know what you\u2019ll get at this favor- ite haunt of local characters \u2014 a rock show or a Central Asian belly-dancing band. Either way, it\u2019s a great slice of local life and a guaranteed good time. Full bar. 2200 N. Fremont St., Monterey. 375-6116.
All manner of high-quality food and bever- ages can be found at Edgar\u2019s at Quail Lodge. Seafood, pizza, hamburgers and a wide variety of appetizers are all served in a \u201crelaxed, 19th- hole atmosphere.\u201d Dining is available indoors and outdoors and there is also a walk-up patio bar overlooking the golf course. 8000 Valley Greens, Carmel Valley, 620-8910.
In a comfortable neighborhood setting off the main drag in Marina is the brewery that gives this region its preeminent local beer. The vibe is friendly and the barkeeps pour cask-con- ditioned, hand-pulled ales, including the widely acclaimed E.A. Pale Ale. 233-A Reindollar Ave., Marina, 883-3000.
Formerly Club Octane, this spacious upstairs nightclub offers high-powered, high- tech, DJ-spun house, techno and hip-hop for your dancing pleasure. 321 D Alvarado St., Monterey, 646-9244.
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Friday and Saturday evening in the lounge, where patrons can enjoy wine, a cocktail and a nibble indoors or al fresco. 1 Old Golf Course Way, Monterey, 647-2098.
A friendly atmosphere and N\u2019Awlins-accented pub grub make Jack\u2019s a locals\u2019 favorite\u2014but two nice rooms and a handful of courtyard tables leave room enough for visitors in the know. The burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches or nightly specials can be enjoyed at a cozy corner table or at the bar with a view of the ballgame. Dolores and Fifth, Carmel. 624-2336.
Two satellite dishes and 13 TV screens show all the sports action. Burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and free popcorn and peanuts abound. For those who aren\u2019t satisfied with the typical beer bottle, Knuckles offers 25-ounce mugs. Add two pool tables to the mix and you have a fun hangout for sports fans. Hyatt Regency, 1 Old Golf Course Way, Monterey, 372-1234.
Located a few steps from Monterey harbor, London Bridge Pub is one of the most welcom- ing bars around. Inside, choose from 15 beers on tap or an extensive menu including fish and chips, burgers and homemade desserts. Outside, sit at a picnic table under a heat lamp and look out over the docked boats. Municipal Wharf #2, Monterey. 655-2879.
Remodeled and revamped a few years ago, this casual room, with its couches, cozy cor- ners and live music, has become Cannery Row\u2019s newest stylish watering hole\u2014and the ter- rific small plates from the legendary restaurant adds a dash of sophistication. 701 Wave St., Monterey. 373-3775.
Overflowing with personality, this Big Sur pub and sports bar features 95 craft and European beers and a full bar menu. Next to the Big Sur River Inn. Village Center Shops, Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-2355.
Historic Mission Ranch, purchased and restored by Clint Eastwood, is a popular meet- ing place for singles. Three fireplaces, green postbeam ceilings and expansive views equal any on the Peninsula. A wonderful place to enjoy a Scotch or two; the piano bar charms nightly. 26270 Dolores, Carmel. 625-9040.
This state-of-the-art, intimate performance venue can accommodate up to 100 spectators. The gorgeous Spanish-accented room hosts everything from performances by dance ensem- bles to concerts by acoustic artists and rock bands. Full bar, food menu, espresso drinks. 414 Alvarado St., Monterey. 646-1415.
The Whole Enchilada serves bar customers until 9:30pm. After that, burritos are served from the kitchen. Pool table, live entertain- ment on the weekends, karaoke, and five beers on tap. 7902 Highway 1, Moss Landing. 633-3038.
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