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The BesT of MonTerey Bay 2007
www.bestofmontereybay.com
bars & nightlife
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here are many attractions to see in Monterey County when the sun is up: the artfully presented sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the twistyMonterey Cypress trees clinging to the land at Point Lobos State Reserveand the celebration of author John Steinbeck’s work at Salinas’ NationalSteinbeck Center. Luckily, after the sun falls into the sea each evening, there isalso a diversity of nightlife to discover in the region.Recently, Monterey County has benefited greatly from the restoration of twohistoric entertainment venues: Monterey’s Golden State Theatre and Salinas’Fox Theater. Over the past year, the Golden State has hosted everything fromSci-Fi Film Week to heavyweight music acts like Willie Nelson and Etta James.Meanwhile, the Fox has presented shows by comedian Gabriel Iglesias andPoison frontman Bret Michaels.The two stately venues are not the only places featuring nationally knownacts these days. Carmel’s majestic Sunset Cultural Center has had folk icon ArloGuthrie 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 withRamblin’ Jack Elliott and Jonathan Richman.The Monterey Peninsula’s many nightclubs have plenty to entertain visitorswhile sipping on a local wine or tasty microbrew. Downtown Monterey’s MontereyLive has a smattering of touring national acts and local musicians almost everynight of the week. Cannery Row’s Sly McFly’s has guaranteed music seven daysa week with jazz, pop and blues bands. And for a true taste of Monterey’s hardrock and punk scene, wander over to Doc Rickett’s Lab, which is located half ablock off busy Alvarado Street.
music and libations from big sur to salinas
locals’ Picks
BEST DANCECLUB
ClubOctane/TheHippodrome
BEST CLUBFOR JAZZ
Sly McFly’s
BEST CLUBFOR ROCK
Monterey Live
BEST PUB
Crown andAnchor
BEST SPORTSBAR
Knuckles
 
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BERNARDUS LODGE
Wickets lounge hosts nightly live jazz, mixesgreat martinis and cultivates a wonderfulatmosphere. The bar offers views of beautifulCarmel Valley. 415 Carmel Valley Rd., CarmelValley. 658-3550.
BRITANNIA ARMS
Impressive pub-style setting, featuring manydomestic and imported beers, liquors, andoccasional live music. Enjoy the roomy inte-rior and social atmosphere. 444 Alvarado St.,Monterey. 656-9543.
BROPHY’S TAVERN
The cheesesteak is delicious—peppered thin-sliced rib-eye, soft bread with AmericanSwiss white cheese and Cheez Whiz, just like somany soldiers in Jersey do it. But there’s a lotmore than the cheesesteak to recommend thisplace, including an expansive “upscale tavern”menu, great service, a cool atmosphere andflatscreen TVs. Fourth and San Carlos, Carmel.624-2476.
BULLDOG BRITISH PUB
Brits and Americans alike flock to thisEnglish pub in New Monterey. The Bulldog’s got16 domestic and international beers on tap, abig-screen TV and late-night pub grub, includ-ing burgers, salads, fish and chips, bangersand mash, and shepherd’s pie. 611 LighthouseAve., Monterey. 658-0686.
BULLWACKER’S
Nothing beats having a beer outsideon a warm summer evening. The people atBullwacker’s know this, and that’s why this barand grill on Cannery Row has a big outdoorpatio with a handful of fire pits. On weekends,bands and acoustic musicians perform. 653Cannery Row, Monterey. 373-1353.
CARBONE’S
This biker-friendly local institution boastslive entertainment and a terraced outdoor patiowith an inviting fire pit. Enjoy a small but spir-ited dance floor, darts, pool and a full bar. 214Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 643-9169.
CHARACTERS SPORTS BARAND GRILL
One of our readers’ favorite sports bars, andno wonder. This quintessential hangout boastsa 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.
CIBO
Known for its legendary martinis served inoversized, 9-ounce martini glasses, Cibo is afavorite meeting spot for singles in their 30sand 40s. It’s a fun, crowded hangout with anurban attitude. Live jazz, funk, and Latin musicare featured in the evenings. 301 Alvarado St.,Monterey, 649-8151.
CROWN AND ANCHOR PUB
This authentic pub brings royal England to Monterey in the form of traditional nauti-cal decor, 20 beers on tap, fine single-maltScotches and a full menu of hearty Britishand American food (sandwiches, meat pies,fish and chips). A heated outdoor patio roundsout its charms. 150 W. Franklin St., Monterey.649-6496.
DOC RICKETT’S LAB
With college night and drink specials, Doc’sis pulsing on a typical weekend night. A fullsushi bar is available and the stage is alwaysholding up either a live band, karaoke crooner,comedian, or a group of dancing singles. 180 E.Franklin St., Monterey. 649-4241.
EASY STREET BILLIARDS
Monterey’s easiest place to play pool, fea- turing 13 tables. Enjoy a brew and listen to the jukebox while attempting to sink the elusive8-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.
EDDIE’S
 You never know what you’ll get at this favor-ite haunt of local characters — a rock show ora Central Asian belly-dancing band. Either way,it’s a great slice of local life and a guaranteedgood time. Full bar. 2200 N. Fremont St.,Monterey. 375-6116.
EDGAR’S RESTAURANT
All manner of high-quality food and bever-ages can be found at Edgar’s at Quail Lodge.Seafood, pizza, hamburgers and a wide varietyof appetizers are all served in a “relaxed, 19th-hole atmosphere.” Dining is available indoorsand outdoors and there is also a walk-up patiobar overlooking the golf course. 8000 ValleyGreens, Carmel Valley, 620-8910.
ENGLISH ALES BREWERY
In a comfortable neighborhood setting off  the main drag in Marina is the brewery thatgives this region its preeminent local beer. Thevibe is friendly and the barkeeps pour cask-con-ditioned, hand-pulled ales, including the widelyacclaimed E.A. Pale Ale. 233-A Reindollar Ave.,Marina, 883-3000.
THE HIPPODROME
Formerly Club Octane, this spaciousupstairs nightclub offers high-powered, high- tech, DJ-spun house, techno and hip-hop foryour dancing pleasure. 321 D Alvarado St.,Monterey, 646-9244.
HYATT REGENCY INN
One of the best deals in town for jazz lovers, the Hyatt features regional jazz artists every
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639 Lighthouse Ave
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Friday and Saturday evening in the lounge,where patrons can enjoy wine, a cocktail anda nibble indoors or al fresco. 1 Old Golf CourseWay, Monterey, 647-2098.
JACK LONDON’S BARAND GRILL
A friendly atmosphere and N’Awlins-accentedpub grub make Jack’s a locals’ favorite—but twonice rooms and a handful of courtyard tablesleave room enough for visitors in the know.The burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches ornightly 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.
KNUCKLES HISTORICALSPORTS BAR
Two satellite dishes and 13 TV screensshow all the sports action. Burgers, pizzas,sandwiches, salads, and free popcorn andpeanuts abound. For those who aren’t satisfiedwith the typical beer bottle, Knuckles offers25-ounce mugs. Add two pool tables to themix and you have a fun hangout for sportsfans. Hyatt Regency, 1 Old Golf Course Way,Monterey, 372-1234.
LONDON BRIDGE PUB
Located a few steps from Monterey harbor,London Bridge Pub is one of the most welcom-ing bars around. Inside, choose from 15 beerson tap or an extensive menu including fishand chips, burgers and homemade desserts.Outside, sit at a picnic table under a heat lampand look out over the docked boats. MunicipalWharf #2, Monterey. 655-2879.
THE LOUNGE AT THESARDINE FACTORY
Remodeled and revamped a few years ago, this casual room, with its couches, cozy cor-ners and live music, has become CanneryRow’s newest stylish watering hole—and the ter-rific small plates from the legendary restaurantadds a dash of sophistication. 701 Wave St.,Monterey. 373-3775.
MAIDEN PUBLICK HOUSE
Overflowing with personality, this Big Surpub and sports bar features 95 craft andEuropean beers and a full bar menu. Next to the Big Sur River Inn. Village Center Shops,Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-2355.
MISSION RANCH
Historic Mission Ranch, purchased andrestored by Clint Eastwood, is a popular meet-ing place for singles. Three fireplaces, greenpostbeam ceilings and expansive views equalany on the Peninsula. A wonderful place toenjoy a Scotch or two; the piano bar charmsnightly. 26270 Dolores, Carmel. 625-9040.
MONTEREY LIVE
This state-of-the-art, intimate performancevenue can accommodate up to 100 spectators.The gorgeous Spanish-accented room hostseverything from performances by dance ensem-bles to concerts by acoustic artists and rockbands. Full bar, food menu, espresso drinks.414 Alvarado St., Monterey. 646-1415.
MOSS LANDING INN
The Whole Enchilada serves bar customersuntil 9:30pm. After that, burritos are servedfrom the kitchen. Pool table, live entertain-ment on the weekends, karaoke, and fivebeers on tap. 7902 Highway 1, Moss Landing.633-3038.
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Farthing
Tavern
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British owned & operated - Family friendly
9 East San Luis StreetOlde Town Salinas831-424-5652
English American MenuDaily Specials22 Draft TapsFine Ales and Spirits
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Pub & Restaurant
Established 1984
 The warmest, friendliest, snugliestpub in Monterey County
Open 7 days a week Lunch and Dinner Full bar Royal Banquet RoomSports Lounge
Friday: British Pub Club Scene Monday: Darts Tuesday: Trivia Night
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Best Bar for Darts! 
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Pub Food
611 Lighthouse Avenue
Monterey • 831-658-0686
 Kitchen open…
 Sun-Thurs
11:30am-midnight 
Fri and Sat 
11:30am-1:30am
‘04 Best Neighborhood Bar ‘04-‘06 Best Bar for Darts
Happy Hours
Mon-Fri 4-7pm
Bar 
Open 7 days 11:30am-2am

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