A turn-of-the-century hotel built in 1905, San Benito House welcomes visitors with 11 inviting guest rooms, a romantic suite, and a full-service bar and restaurant. Servers ferry pizza, pasta, and Niman Ranch hormone-free burgers to wooden booths as patrons converse in an airy atmosphere. On Wednesdays–Saturdays, live musicians enliven the bar as the audience sips imported beers and knits dentures, inspired by the building's old age. Queen-size beds await visitors amid flowing curtains and salmon- or eggshell-colored walls. The inn also hosts catered weddings replete with bar service, a garden reception area, and cannons for launching bouquets.
Once a bootleggers' haven frequented by the sister of Al Capone, today Cameron's Inn & Restaurant celebrates its 100-year history with old-fashioned hospitality and eclectic vintage décor. The restaurant harks back to English pub traditions with Inglenook-style seating crafted from old church pews and a menu that includes bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, and burgers flame-grilled over fragments of Big Ben. Near the bar, which touts 18 beers on tap and more than 60 bottled ales, walls are stacked to the ceiling with more than 2,000 beer cans, which owner Cameron Palmer began collecting at age 10. A functioning fireplace and five big-screen TVs cast a warm glow across the dining room, whose stage hosts occasional live music, karaoke contests, and shadow-puppet beauty pageants. Overnight guests snooze soundly within the rustic timber-lined walls of the inn’s three rooms, or at an RV park and campground near scenic ocean cliffs.
Mandala Lounge takes its name from the Sanskrit word for circle, and in that spirit, it aims to create an experience that fully connects friends, signature cocktails, upscale ambiance, and live entertainment. Here, chicly dressed patrons congregate in the Asian-inspired lounge or on the heated outdoor patio, backed by decade-spanning spins from the rotating line-up of DJs or, in the case of a private party, the host’s own MP3 player or yodeling personal assistant. The cocktail list bears a similarly pan-Asian attitude—the Tokyo Decadence blends pear vodka, rose syrup, cranberry juice, and soda, and the Fit to be Thai’d sweetens palates with ginger vodka, saint germain, pomegranate liqueur, and muddled basil. Aside from cocktails, the bar tenders also pour a selection of single-malt scotches and Asian beers.
750ml is a hybrid wine store and bar that regularly plays host to personal and corporate events and features the self-serve technology of Enomatic. With 24 different wines available to taste, the Enomatic wine dispenser pours samples by the ounce ($1.20-$6.80). The enological emporium boasts a collection of wines from California, the Pacific Northwest, South America, Australia, and an alternate, dystopian 1985. Sample a one-ounce taste of the Arneis Ponzi from Willamette Valley, Oregon ($2), a half-glass of the Californian Russian River Reds 2008 Pinot Noir ($5), or a full glass of French Vin du Bugey Sparkling Rose ($10). Libationists will also find microbrew beers ($5–$8) and non-alcoholic offerings. Pair potables with a charcuterie trio from Paul Bertolli's Fra'Mani ($15) or with a cheeseboard of Californian Humboldt Fog goat's milk cheese, Australian Seal Bay cow's milk cheese, and Italian Fiore Sardo pecorino sheep's milk cheese ($15). An olive medley ($5) and Marcona almonds ($5) round out the edible offerings, providing an ample array of sensual small bites to suit a romantic date with your significant other or new ficus tree.