Things To Do In Downtown

Billiards, Appetizers, and Drinks for Two or Four at Easy Street Billiards (Up to 51% Off)

Easy Street Billiards

Old Monterey Business District

Pool hall encourages friendly competition atop solid cherry tables from Rebco, each one with leather pockets and a soft wool surface

$27.50 $14

View Deal

Italian Appetizers and Drinks, or Tasting Flight of 12-Year-Old Scotch or Whiskey at My Attic (Up to 50% Off)

My Attic

Old Monterey Business District

Resurrected family business with roots in the 1930s serves up vintage cocktails and liquors with Italian cheese plates, olives, and salami

$35.95 $19

View Deal

Movie Tickets and Popcorn for Two or Four at Osio Cinemas (Up to 45% Off)

Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

$29 $16

View Deal

Paint and Sip Class for Two or Four with Canvas, Paint, and Wine at Wine from the Heart - Classes (55% Off)

Wine from the Heart - Classes

Old Monterey Business District

Retired art teacher and local artist Bunny Paivine leads an easy-to-follow painting class perfect for first-timers

$80 $36

View Deal

$25.99 for a Three-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise from Chris’ Whale Watching Tours (Up to $37 Value)

Chris' Whale Watching Tours

Monterey

During warmer months, Monterey Bay fills with several species of whale, along with dolphins, porpoises, and other wild creatures

$37 $25.99

View Deal

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine Purchase at Galante Vineyards Tasting Room (Up to 50% Off)

Galante Vineyards Tasting Room

Carmel-by-the-Sea

700-acre winery produces a broad range of red and white varietals that couples or quartets can sample before selecting take-home bottles

$40 $20

View Deal

Group or Private Dance Lessons for One or Two at Monterey Dance Studio (Up to 89% Off)

Monterey Dance Studio

Monterey Vista

Instructors teach a variety of dance styles to students of all ability levels in group or private settings

$40 $19

View Deal

Surfboard and Wetsuit Rental or Two-Day Snowboard Rental at On the Beach Surf Shop (Up to 49% Off)

On the Beach Surf Shop

New Monterey

Surfboard and wetsuit rentals help set surfers of all levels up for a day in the water, while snowboard rentals help equip the snow-bound

$45 $23

View Deal

Reserve-Wine Tasting for Four from Bargetto Winery (Up to $24 Off). Two Locations Available.

Bargetto Winery

Multiple Locations

Third-generation winemakers craft approachable, food-friendly wines from chardonnay, pinot noir, and traditional northern-Italian varietals

$48 $24

View Deal

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Carmel Ridge Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Carmel Ridge Winery

New Monterey

Guests sample wines made from grapes grown with a minimum of human intervention and fermented in small lots of French oak barrels

$20 $10

View Deal

Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour (Up to 52% Off)

Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour

InterContinental The Clement Monterey Main Lobby

A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

$48 $24

View Deal

$159 for PADI Open-Water Scuba Certification with Equipment Rental at Aquarius Dive Shop ($649 Value)

Aquarius Dive Shop

Monterey

Learn how to dive in open water in a certification course that includes equipment rentals and 30+ hours of instruction

$649 $159

View Deal

Comedy Show with Appetizers for Two or Four at Planet Gemini (Up to 52% Off)

Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

Duos or foursomes enjoy the comedic stylings of standup acts while munching on bar-style appetizers inside a warm, intimate club

$30.95 $14.98

View Deal

Select Local Merchants

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
US

The smells of carnitas simmering with peppers and chicken crackling on a grill drift from inside a convenience store. Those curious enough to find their way inside discover Lopez Taqueria & Liquor, where cooks warm tortillas to craft tacos. They also craft impressive deli sandwiches with Boar’s Head meats and lettuce shredded by affectionate helicopters.

500 Del Monte Ave
Monterey,
CA
US

In high school, Tammy Hunziker was asked to describe the perfect man for a class assignment. Her answer—a gingerbread man—had little impact on her future personal life, but everything to do with her future career. Nowadays, Hunziker still bakes batches of gingerbread cookies, alongside oatmeal cookies, snickerdoodles, and meringues at her specialty bakery, Room for Dessert. Some cookies are frosted to resemble smiling faces, and others depict tasseled mortarboards, wedding dresses, and jack-o’-lanterns wondering if they’ll ever grow up to be a pie. An array of frosted cakes and cupcakes complement the cookies in flavors such as brown sugar, lemon, and dark chocolate.

398 East Franklin Street
Monterey,
CA
US

Inside the historical 1880 Southern Pacific Railway station, patrons gather to scoop up fresh food and goods from local farmers and artisans. This is the Wharf Marketplace, a seasonal-food hub that offers everything from local produce and cheese to fresh flowers and seafood. An onsite grab-and-go cafe fills shoppers with meals made using these wares, including eggs benedict in a warm tortilla, turkey pesto and grilled-cheese paninis, and salads topped with veggies.

The Wharf Marketplace often hosts events, too, including Taste It Thursday, which showcases wine from local vineyards, and Java and Jalopies, which shows off old hot rods.

290 Figueroa Street
Monterey,
CA
US

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

In honor of the nearby Laguna Seca Raceway?s 11 turns, Turn 12 Bar & Grill adorns its innards with racing-flag red walls, photographs of roadsters, and vintage motorcycles and steering wheels. Appropriately, motorcycle enthusiasts gather at the 50-foot pewter-top bar for broadcasts of races and the weekly Bike Night, which features a live radio show. Once their adrenaline is racing, patrons can down fresh New American food like fire-roasted artichokes, burgers topped with a balsamic onion compote, prosciutto and arugula pizza, and chipotle-rubbed chicken breasts. During brunch hours, chefs customize omelets and top pizzas with eggs, bacon, and swiss chard.

400 Tyler St.
Monterey,
CA
US