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The López family owns three local liquor stores and a restaurant; Francisco Jacobo manages a local radio station. Together, they join forces for a common interest: tequila. Beginning this year, they are hosting their annual Salinas Tequila and Mezcal Grand Tasting, an event that gathers a variety of aged agaves for the tasting.
500 Del Monte Avenue
Monterey,
CA
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Although Easy Street Billiards welcomes players of all skill levels, its 12 Rebco tables?built from solid cherry with leather pockets?have attracted many legends of the game. Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famers Mike Massey and Nick Varner have both practiced and taken naps on Easy Street?s emerald surfaces, each one blanketed in wool cloth under its own light. During games, players can take advantage of the venue?s Lucasi house cues; two pieces of maple adjoined by a steel screw. In addition to pool, visitors can play darts and shuffleboard or catch a game on one of six flat-panel TVs. A mahogany bar constructed in the 1880s invites patrons to sidle up and order domestic and import beers or pub fare.
511 Tyler St
Monterey,
CA
US
Meaning ?food? in Italian, cibo is not the only thing Cibo Ristorante Italiano provides. Dinner guests can slide behind a white-clothed table and soak in the eatery's relaxing ambiance of sunflower-yellow walls and loft ceilings spangled with artwork of all mediums?sculptures, photography, paintings, hand-blown glass, and even the sound waves of jazz music. The restaurant?s musicians take the stage six nights per week during dinner service, serenading guests as they enjoy the menu?s selection of homemade pasta dishes, as well as crisp pizzas?topped with everything from housemade sausage and imported cheese to spicy short ribs and potatoes. They also serve an array of hearty Italian entrees, including roasted free-range chicken over creamy polenta and grilled jumbo prawns and sea scallops with roasted-pepper couscous. Cibo's servers can suggest one of their many Italian and Californian wines to pair with the meal, or guests can enjoy a small-batch scotch.
301 Alvarado St
Monterey,
CA
US
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, Crown and Anchor is a top pick. Low-fat options are missing from the menu, so guests can leave their diets at home. Great food plus TV equals the perfect fan meal. Parents appreciate Crown and Anchor's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. For comfortable outdoor service, Crown and Anchor sets up a seasonal patio. Crown and Anchor is well-known for being able to seat large parties. If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the bar for a reservation first. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Crown and Anchor — casually-dressed diners are the norm here. For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go. Crown and Anchor patrons can find street parking at the W Franklin St location. Commute by bike to Crown and Anchor and find easy bike parking. Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
150 W Franklin St
Monterey,
CA
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241 Alvarado St
Monterey,
CA
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The California Wine Festival – Monterey Peninsula celebrates the Golden State's vintners by allowing attendees to sample a selection of more than 250 Californian wines. The event includes winemakers and representatives from 53 wineries—including Grgich Hills Estate, Bernardus Winery, and Paraiso Vineyards—as well as booths with artisan cheeses, fresh fruits, and barbecued meats from local, gourmet restaurateurs. Spread across two afternoons and evenings, the festival encourages guests to revisit their favorite wineries or discover obscure gems at a new booth or through a trap door connected to a hidden cellar. The California Wine Festival – Monterey Peninsula aims to support the community by donating 100% of the net proceeds from the Silent Auction to The Food Bank for Monterey County, which distributes food and provides antihunger education throughout the region.
Custom House Plaza
Monterey,
CA
US