Primarily a pub and tavern, Post No Bills - Craft Beer House also doubles up as a retail shop for the many craft brews they offer on tap. Taking pride in its unique concept, this bar lets you experience the convenience of trying a new craft brew and then being able to take home a six pack if you like it. Featuring a collection of rare, hard-to-find brews there is much to explore and experience at this one-of-a-kind bar. If you really aren't the adventurous kind, or none of the lesser-known brews excite you, then you could choose from one the popular brands of bottled beers.
Here is an intelligent solution to the dilemma of how to wine-taste while navigating curvy mountain road: just make one stop. Make it in downtown Monterey, where there is nary a deer in sight. Spend the whole day here where you can sample from dozens of vintages collected from nearly 40 local wineries. Taste the riches of Carmel Valley, Monterey and Arroyo Seco. Buy a few bottles or a few cases, as you like. When it is time to get some solid food in your overtaxed stomach, simply walk on over to one of the many restaurants on Cannery Row. See website for online shopping, wine club details, event calendar and more.
Many explore the Terry’s Lounge for a laid-back brunch and the place's scrumptious menu also makes it perfect for a lunch detour. From crab cakes, steaks, sliders to burgers, fried calamari and more, Terry’s Lounge has an array of offerings to keep your appetite in check. As the evening draws closer, Terry’s Lounge takes on the role of a local watering hole where potent cocktails take center stage. From concoctions infused with Champagne to a tall glass of Long Island Ice Tea, Terry’s Lounge serves them all. Live music performances add the much-needed vigor to your evening. If you are a music aficionado with a liking for cocktails then Terry's Lounge is one place you simply should not miss.
Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel is a brilliant addition to the Central Coast's dining scene. With exquisite creations from the kitchen, this restaurant takes the concept of fine dining to another level while being approachable. The focus is on locally-sourced highest quality ingredients and fresh seasonal produce. The simple and elegant interiors perfectly juxtapose the complex dishes where all the value is on the plate. The menu is daily-changing, wine-pairings and tasting menus are also offered.
Few things can match tasting wine at the Bargetto Tasting Room whilst enjoying splendid views of the Pacific Ocean. Established in 1933, the Bargetto is famed for its dessert wines under the Chaucer's brand name. The winery also stacks the famous red and white wines along with the sparsely available sparkling ones. With the vineyards situated just a stone's throw away in the Santa Cruz mountains, the wines produced are completely unadulterated. Wine apparel and gift baskets are available at this outlet as well.
A stone building with dark interiors and friendly bartenders, Alfredo's Cantina is where the locals go for a stiff drink at happy hour. The 70s decor and jukebox add to the charm of this intimate dive bar. Known for its fabulous cocktails, it would be just wrong to walk into this establishment and not try one of the bartender's specials. Along with great cocktails, its selection of spirits, beers and wines are also impressive. Beware this is a cash only establishment, so come prepared.
This nautical themed dive bar is practically a Monterey institution. Usually populated by naval officers and navy personnel, the Trident Room is a friendly waterhole establishment. Pictures of old navy ships and their captains adorn the walls above the booths while beer mugs hang behind the bar with their owners nickname displayed beneath. Pub grub is available and surprisingly delicious with options like salads, meatballs, fresh popped popcorn and more.
With 24 beers and ales on tap, a vast array of single-malt scotches, live music on the weekends, and live soccer from the U.K. on Saturday mornings, this is the place to be if you want authentic British atmosphere. As for the decor, it is 100 percent British. The kitchen serves up the usual fare: fish 'n' chips, bangers, etc. There are even trivia contests and karaoke nights. All sorts of people come here, from British ex-pats to sports fans to singles looking for love. See website for menu, events calendar, and other regional locations.
This authentic British pub serves dinner until midnight and the heated outdoor patio is legendary. You will think that you are in London, as the decor is truly British in all respects. The grub is typical pub fare: fish and chips, meat pies, sandwiches and the like, most of which tips the scales under USD10. Twenty beers are on tap and there is an extensive selection of single-malt scotches. It is never hard to stir up conversation. The bartenders are great, and the place attracts all walks of life, from business professionals to college students. See website for menu, bar info, and more.
This elegant but casual Italian restaurant perfectly blends innovative twists of Sicilian cuisine with local flavors. Inside, you will find black lamps, terra cotta walls and a plethora of foliage. Not only is it a great place for live jazz, it is also an excellent spot to try pizzas or choice grilled dishes such as the Lamb Chops with Garlic and Asparagus. A huge variety of wines are available. Locals haunt the place and the service is great.
For a one-of-a-kind wining and dining experience, head to Jacks Restaurant & Lounge. Housed within the elegant Portola Hotel & Spa, everything, from the decor to the menu, is centered around an upscale nautical theme. Featuring a scrumptious collection of seafood and contemporary dishes, there isn't much served here that won't be delightful. Tease your palate with the signature Grilled Swordfish, Jacks Lobster Cioppino and Prawn Scampi, and complement it with a fine glass of wine. While the food might be impressive, the signature cocktails are absolutely irresistible. Concoctions such as the Portola’s Signature Aged Manhattan, Jacks Oakhear and Peach Basil Gimlet are certain to have calling for round two.