Located about an hour south of Santa Cruz, the Monterey Peninsula is home to some gorgeous views, incredible hiking, and fun bars. There’s more to Monterey than just the aquarium. Monterey offers excellent bars with some awesome drinks. Whether you like karaoke, trivia, dancing, live music, or just hanging out, Monterey has a bar for you.
A cornerstone of Alvarado Street nightlife, The Brit – as it is affectionately called by its patrons – is a corner pub and sports bar by day and an entertainment center by night. With friendly wait and bar staff, a menu of classic pub grub, and a kitchen that stays open until 11PM, you might be surprised to see this place transform into a trivia hall, karaoke bar, or dance floor when the sun goes down. Whether its trivia, sports, dancing, food, or karaoke, Britannia Arms of Monterey has got you covered.
Britannia Arms, 444 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 656 9543
Crown & Anchor Pub
A downtown British pub, Crown & Anchor neighbors the Bull and Bear and Britannia Arms on nearby Franklin Street. With walls covered in nautical themed memorabilia, the Crown offers an underground central bar, surrounded by barstools and booths, with additional outdoor seating. Grab a bite to eat, or a delicious drink.
The Crown & Anchor, 150 West Franklin Street, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 649 6496
Hula’s Island Grill
Bar, Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
Hula’s Island Grill
Do you ever feel like you just need a vacation? Hula’s has got you covered. Located on Lighthouse Avenue, just a few blocks up from Cannery Row, Hula’s makes some of the best cocktails on the Monterey Peninsula. Hula’s boasts an indoor tiki bar and dining room as well as a patio out back with a fire pit and additional lounge seating and tables.
Hula’s Island Grill, 622 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 655 4852
Bulldog Pub is a classic British pub: pick some tunes on the jukebox, dance with your friends, play a round of darts, or hang out at the bar. Another feature of the Bulldog is that it has a small cafe next door.
Bulldog Pub, 611 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 658 0686
Peter B’s Brewpub
Peter B’s is often the starting point for an Alvarado Street pub crawl. Part of the Portola Hotel & Spa located in the Portola Plaza, Peter B’s offers a flight of beers that includes amber, blonde, and wheat ales, as well as an IPA and porter. Order the flight and try all five, or share with a friend. Pick and choose your favorite. This bar is a great place to grab some grub, drink some beer, and watch the game.
Peter B’s Brewpub, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 649 2699