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.
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.
This restaurant was voted the best by Adventures in Dining Magazine's readers' poll and it offers a delicious variety of Central California coastal cuisine using fresh, local produce. Locals haunt the place. The selection of wines is designed to perfectly complement the dishes. You can eat inside, surrounded by polished wood surfaces, or on the patio. It is a great bet for a reception or an intimate dinner. The service is warm and friendly.
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.
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.
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.
The only waterfront pub on the West Coast, this British-style drinking hole has over 60 international beers, indoor and outdoor seating, traditional pub games, a gift shop, and lots more. The interior is decorated in the traditonal British pub-style, with memorabilia all over the walls. The menu offers a variety of salads, as well as British dinners and Happy Hour specials. The friendly bartenders bring in all walks of life. See website for menu and more information.
Located right on the waterfront, this restaurant has a spectacular view of the water. You will even see otters leaping around right outside your window. The friendly professional staff serves up great seafood dishes like Dungeness Cracked Crab and several steak, pasta, and grilled dishes. Most importantly, this place features the only piano bar in all of Monterey. Entertainment begins at 7pm daily and this place makes for a great casual dinner, a romantic evening, or just a place to grab a cocktail and to escape the tourist masses.
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.