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The Best Bars In Monterey, California

Picture of Aaron Parr
Updated: 9 February 2017
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.
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Britannia Arms

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

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Bull and Bear Whiskey Bar and Taphouse

The Bull and Bear boasts indoor and outdoor bars, a back patio for live music and a fire pit, this is a fun place to grab a drink and unwind, or to come out and dance. Located on Alvarado Street, as many of these bars are, the Bull and Bear is a real gem in the heart of Downtown Monterey.

Bull and Bear Whiskey Bar and Taphouse, 479 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 655 3031

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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

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My Attic

My Attic is one part bar, one part lounge. This dimly lit bar offers a unique ambiance. Large, ornate couches line the walls, and giant armchairs surround fancy ottomans.

My Attic, 414 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 647 1834

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Duffy’s Tavern & Family Restaurant

Duffy’s is just outside the gate of the Presidio of Monterey which housed the Defense Language institute. Pick a tune on the jukebox, sit at the bar, or order some food and sit at one of the many tables or booths.

Duffy’s Tavern & Family Restaurant, 282 High Street, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 644 9811

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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

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Alvarado Street Brewery

Alvarado Street Brewery brews some of the most unique, tasty beers around. This bar is in a large warehouse: they serve wine and mixed drinks, but the main attraction here is definitely the beer.

Alvarado Street Brewery, 426 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA, USA +1 831 655 2337

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Bulldog Pub

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

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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