The Best Bars In Monterey, California

Monterey Cannery Row © Prayitno Photography/Flickr
Monterey Cannery Row © Prayitno Photography/Flickr
Photo of Aaron Parr
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.

Britannia Arms

Bar, Pub, British, Pub Grub, Beer, $$$
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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.

Bull and Bear Whiskey Bar and Taphouse

Bar, Beer, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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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.

Crown & Anchor Pub

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Beer, British, $$$
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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.

Hula’s Island Grill

Bar, Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
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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.

Peter B’s Brewpub

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Beer, American, $$$
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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.