(bars & nightlife)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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