Nightlife in Salinas

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

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Purchase Credit at Dawn's Dream Winery (38% Off)

Dawn's Dream Winery

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Taste flights featuring several different wines at a charming tasting room in the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Central Coast

$40 $25

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Billiards, Appetizers, and Drinks for Two or Four at Easy Street Billiards (Up to 45% 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 $15

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine Purchase at Galante Vineyards Tasting Room (Up to 38% 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 $25

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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

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Italian Appetizers and Drinks, or Tasting Flight of 12-Year-Old Scotch or Whiskey at My Attic (Up to 55% 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 $17

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Winery Tour and Tasting for Two or Four, or 6 or 12 Bottles of Pinot Noir at Pietra Santa Winery (Up to 57% Off)

Pietra Santa Winery

Hollister

Tours explore winery, concluding with sampling of wines; wine options provide 6 or 12 bottles of 2009 Block H Pinot Noir

$70 $35

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Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Leal Vineyards (Up to 68% Off)

Leal Vineyards

Hollister

Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

$30 $11

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Bottles, or Tasting for Two with History at DeRose Winery (Up to 64% Off)

DeRose Winery

Hollister

Vineyard and winery that uses sustainable practices, including dry farming of vines that are more than 150 years old

$68 $25

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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Aimee June Winery (Up to 48% Off)

Aimee June Winery

San Juan Bautista

Boutique winery produces eight natural-yeast varietals, each bottle adorned with hand-crafted artwork

$29 $16

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Reserve Wine Tasting for Two, or Four with Option for Wineglasses at Hahn Estate (Up to 58% Off)

Hahn Estate

Soledad

Sip on wine samples while absorbing the sights and sounds of the Salinas Valley wine country

$30 $15

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Wine Flights & Snacks or Bottle of Champagne & Gourmet Chocolate at It's Wine Tyme (Up to 40% Off)

It's Wine Tyme

Capitola

Flights include 3 two-ounce pours of wine, paired with appetizer of choice or romantic bottle of champagne and gourmet chocolate

$40 $24

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BYU Young Ambassadors' "Heartsongs... Melodies of Love" on January 28 at 7 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Heartsongs... Melodies of Love - BYU Young Ambassadors

Center for the Performing Arts

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Brigham Young University’s song and dance troupe rolls through family-friendly love songs from Broadway, The Beatles, and Adele

$49.50 $29

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"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus LIVE!" at Montgomery Theater on January 28–31 (Up to 50% Off)

Montgomery Theater

Montgomery Theater

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story’s live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

$68 $34

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$45 for a One-Day Round-Trip Bay Area Ski Bus Ride from Bay Area Ski Bus ($79 Value)

Bay Area Ski Bus- Recreation Connection

Multiple Locations

Round-trip transportation to and from Bay Area ski locations with breakfast and more

$79 $45

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Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines (Up to 46% Off)

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

Shasta-Hanchett

Friday night wine and cheese tastings pair a flight of four J. Lohr wines with four specially paired gourmet cheeses

$30 $19

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Billiards, Bar Food, and Drinks or a Three-Hour Party-Room Rental at South First Billiards (Up to 47% Off)

South First Billiards

Downtown San Jose

Rack up billiards in a hall with nearly 30 tables while fueling up on microbrews or cocktails; 3-hour party room for up to 100

$20 $12

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Wine-Tasting Class for One or Two or Winemaking Class for One with Wine at Coterie Cellars (Up to 54% Off)

Coterie Cellars

South San Jose

Students sample wine and cheese in tasting session or learn how the winery makes pinot noir ; all classes include bottles of wine

$55 $29

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Whiskey or Gin Flights for Two or Four, or Bottle Service for Up to Six at Nomikai (Up to 43% Off)

Nomikai

Downtown San Jose

Savor different spirits with a whiskey or gin flight, or toast the town with bottle service for up to six people

$60 $35

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Wine-and-Chocolate Pairing for Two or Four with Credit Toward Bottles of Wine at Sherman Cellars (39% Off)

Sherman Cellars

Sherman Cellars

Wine educators guide guests through tastings of red and white wines paired with local chocolates

$45 $29

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$18 for $30 Worth of Drinks at Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Cupertino

Full-service sports bar with 25 draft and bottled beers, HDTVs, and lively karaoke inside a 32-lane bowling alley

$30 $18

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$17 for Movie Package with Two Tickets, Two Popcorns, and Two Drinks at BlueLight Cinemas ($36.50 Value)

BlueLight Cinemas

Cupertino

Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn feeds movie fans during second-run flicks projected in theaters with DTS and Dolby surround sound

$36.50 $17

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Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

$100 $60

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Standup Comedy at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club (Up to 72% Off)

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

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Comedians seen on late-night talk shows, network sitcoms, and “Last Comic Standing” take the stage

$44 $15

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Train with Special Guests The Fray & Matt Nathanson at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday, May 22 (Up to 50% Off)

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Shoreline Amphitheatre

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Three-time Grammy winners Train (“Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia”) join forces with fellow heartfelt rockers The Fray and Matt Nathanson

$30 $15

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Ivan Amodei’s "Intimate Illusions" at Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto on March 7–8 (Up to 54% Off)

Ivan Amodei's "Intimate Illusions"

Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto

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Award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

$85 $39

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Old Spaghetti Factory

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Glasses of Wine and Cheese Plates for Two or Four at TasteVin Wine Bar & Bistro (Up to 46% Off)

TasteVin Wine Bar & Bistro

San Carlos

Cheese plates pair with different wines, from crisp white and light red to bold, powerful red and dessert, all served with bread and honey

$54 $29

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$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards ($20 Value)

Joyce Vineyards

Carmel Valley

Sample 7 wines, including the Black Mountain chardonnay with notes of pear, quince and pineapple, or the bold Pedregal cabernet sauvignon

$20 $11

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Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards (Up to 58% Off)

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Carmel Valley Village

Sample award-winning wines aged in French oak barrels and made from grapes grown in the vineyards that make the property so picturesque

$20 $10

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Tasting with Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery

Tracy

Visitors sample a number of vintages, including a chilled rosé, an aromatic majenas, and a fruity malvasia bianca

$32 $16

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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Bottle for Two or Four at Windmill Ridge Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Windmill Ridge Winery

Tracy

Husband and wife team pour samples of their favorites wines at their beautiful 3.8-acre vineyard

$46 $25

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Tour, Tasting, and Vodka Lessons for Two or Four at Cold House Vodka (Up to 56% Off)

Cold House Vodka

Valley Spirits

VIP tour of hand-made mico-batches includes vodka, moonshine, and whisky tasting; martini glass or 50ml of vodka or moonshine to take home

$40 $20

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Modesto Symphony Orchestra's Bach & Handel at Gallo Center for the Arts on February 6 or 7 (Up to 65% Off)

Bach & Handel

Gallo Center for the Arts

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Ensemble celebrates Baroque music’s ornate sound with celebrated pieces by Handel and Bach

$144 $51

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Latin Lovers Comedy Show at Sports Lounge 108 on Saturday, February 14 (Up to 33% Off)

Latin Lovers Comedy Show

Sports Lounge 108

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Gabriel Iglesias’s tourmate Alfred Robles unleashes ribald humor in a Latin comedy showcase featuring comic Ric James

$30 $20

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Music, Justice and All Love: A Conversation with Michael Franti on Friday, January 30 (Up to 36% Off)

Music, Justice and All Love: A Conversation with Michael Franti

First Congregational Church of Oakland

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Social activist and Spearhead frontman Michael Franti discusses how the arts can usher in a more peaceful world, and shares some songs

$55 $35

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One or Two Hookahs with Fruit Bowls at Wicked Mirage Hookah Lounge (Up to 48% Off)

Wicked Mirage Hookah Lounge

Multiple Locations

Hookah bowls come in fruit flavors such as raspberry, melon, and mango

$25 $14

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$10 for "Best of San Francisco Stand Up Comedy" Show at The Shelton Theater (Up to $20 Value)

The Shelton Theater

Shelton Theater

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Ever-changing roster of stand-up comics promises laughs

$20 $10

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Dining in the Dark Event for One or Two at The San Francisco Blind Cafe on February 5–7 (Up to 37% Off)

The San Francisco Blind Cafe

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church

This special traveling pop-up event produces a several-course vegetarian meal served in the dark as an experiment in positive social change

$125 $79

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"Foodies! The Musical" at The Shelton Theater Through April 25 (Up to 53% Off)

"Foodies! The Musical"

The Shelton Theater

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Musical revue’s cast skewers eating habits, kitchen gadgets, and over-attentive waiters

$36.18 $17

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$289 for a Three-Day Trip to Las Vegas from Expedition America ($400 Value). 20 Dates Available.

Expedition-America

Multiple Locations

Las Vegas trip includes tour of the Strip, VIP nightclub access on Friday and Saturday nights and a daytime party, and a stop at the outlets

$400 $289

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Cobb's Monthly "Local Comedian" Showcase for Two at Cobb's Comedy Club (Up to 60% Off)

Cobb's Monthly "Local Comedian" Showcase

Cobb's Comedy Club

A revered comedy club puts local rising stars in the spotlight in monthly showcases starting January 21

$25 $10

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Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

Sistah Sinema

San Francisco

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

$12 $6

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Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball for 4, 8, or 12 at Sol Rouge (Up to 55% Off)

Sol Rouge Winery

San Francisco

Sample French-inspired wines and play leisurely games of bocce ball at Sol Rouge’s winery tasting room on Treasure Island

$100 $45

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Pub Food for Two or Four at Kezar Pub (Up to 42% Off)

Kezar Pub

The Haight

Across from the 49ers’ old stadium, guests watch sports while dining on burgers, wings, and Irish pub food such as bangers ‘n’ mash

$30 $18

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$12 for a Friday- or Saturday-Night Secret Improv Society Show at Shelton Theater (Up to $20 Value)

Secret Improv Society

Downtown

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Improvisers involve the crowd in weekly 90-minute performances of short-form improv, comedy games, and live music

$20 $12

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$55 for a Wine-Tasting Party with Wine Advisor & 6 Bottles of Wine ($250 Value)

Wines For Humanity San Francisco

In Home

Six bottles of wine are delivered to your doorstep, and a professional wine advisor walks you and up to 15 guests through a wine tasting

$250 $55

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Two or Six Tickets to Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room Theater (Up to 55% Off)

The Dark Room Theater

Mission

Audiences laugh at film flops while hosts riff on the movie’s flaws

$13.98 $7

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Bottles at Bunting Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Bunting Winery

Murphys

Wines made in the style of the Rhone region of France, including eight red, white, and rosé wines

$32 $15

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at Val Du Vino Winery (Up to 54% Off)

Val Du Vino Winery

Murphys

Wine tastings include up to six flights of wine and a take-home bottle

$35 $19

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"My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!" at Del Valle Theatre on March 12–29 (Up to 38% Off)

"My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!"

Del Valle Theatre

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Steve Solomon’s one-man show introduces audiences to his unusual family through spot-on accents and affectionate impersonations

$73 $45

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$24.99 for Wine Tasting for Two Plus Bottle of 2010 El Dorado Zin at Lusu Cellars ($46 Value)

Lusu Cellars

Northwest Berkeley

Winery uses minimal winemaking practices to highlight the taste of the grapes and earth

$46 $24.99

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"Murder Under Cupids Arrow" Murder-Mystery Event with Buffet on Friday, February 20, at 7 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

"Murder Under Cupids Arrow"

Zio Fradeo's

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Help solve a comedic musical mystery while enjoying a prime rib buffet, then take home souvenir photos of you and the cast

$127.06 $59

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American Food and Microbrews for Two or Four at Magoo’s Grill (Up to 59% Off)

Magoo's Grill

Pleasant Hill

Neighborhood grill has slung classic burgers, fish tacos, and microbrews for 25 years in dining room with DirecTV or on outdoor patio

$32 $16

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Select Local Merchants

The Marina Club was founded in 1972 by Guy and Betty Calamia. The little card club on Monterey Bay quickly grew a reputation as one of the friendliest poker clubs on the Pacific Coast. Your host Betty, is accompanied by her son’s Frank and Deon. Together they promise you fun and lively gaming activities.

204 Carmel Ave
Marina,
CA
US

Home to household names like Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, the Monterey Bay area can rightfully claim a place among the world’s top golf regions. The 36-hole complex at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course hosted the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship and bolsters the coastal locale’s reputation for world-class links, boasting both a rich historic legacy—Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, and Tom Watson have all graced the Bayonet course—and a recent redesign from famed course architect Gene Bates, which earned both courses a spot on Golf Digest’s Top 10 Course Remodels of 2009.

The older of the two courses, Bayonet Golf Course was originally sculpted through the cypress trees of the since-closed Fort Ord Military Base in 1954 by the Army's Commanding Officer General Robert McClure. Measuring in at 7,104 yards from the tips, the course still captures McClure’s original vision, with a classic, tree-lined layout and several dog-leg lefts the General cunningly installed to favor his left-handed fade off the tee. Gene Bates’ recent design contributions are apparent in the layout’s clusters of creative bunkering, reshaped greens, and areas where trees have been cleared to allow for greater views of the Monterey Peninsula.

Bates also made sweeping alterations to Black Horse Golf Course, changing the layout from its tree-lined, 1964 design into a more open counterpart to Bayonet’s cypress-, pine-, and oak-ensconced fairways. In addition, Bates carpeted the entire 7,024-yard course with new, smooth-rolling bent grass, while revamping the irrigation to provide for more meticulous playing conditions. The remodeling efforts afford many sweeping views that populate the course, but especially the one golfers’ encounter on the newly-added, 224-yard, par three 15th hole, where an elevated tee looks out onto a horizon dominated by the Pacific Ocean.

1 McClure Way
Seaside,
CA
US

1933 was a banner year for Phillip and John Bargetto. Prohibition finally ended, and the brothers were able to reopen their winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Phillip and John embraced their passion for growing northern-Italian varietals, twining their hillsides with vines of dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

Now run by the Bargetto family's third generation, the winery continues to cultivate these same grapes as well as two of Santa Cruz's more well-known varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. Its most heralded wines hail from the 40 acres of trellised vines at Regan Estate Vineyards, which produces balanced yet concentrated fruit thanks to its sunny hilltop location, loamy soil, and cool breezes from thousands of naturally occurring ceiling fans.

Controlled aging in new-French- or American-oak barrels imbues some of the winery's reds with lingering finishes and toasty sweetness, and stainless-steel barrels ensure that the whites retain their vibrant acidity. Although most of the wines display a more approachable style, the La Vita line embraces the family's Old-World routes, featuring complexly tannic and age-worthy blends of Phillip and John's favored dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

700 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

In the three decades since opening its doors, Jack London’s has evolved from a diminutive pub into a 100-seat neighborhood eatery with frothy brews, hearty pub fare, and big-screen TVs that beam in local sports. Mahogany ceilings overlook the pub’s large, comfy booths where owners Kevin Kosick and Paul Owen toast fellow feasters as they wash down succulent burgers and handhelds with domestic and imported beers. On Friday nights, local bands take the stage to fill the restaurant with live music and shatter pint glasses with piercing air-guitar solos.

Dolores St, Carmel
Carmel,
CA
US

The C restaurant + bar's executive chef Jerry Regester crafts a dinner menu that culls fresh, sustainable seafood and local, seasonal produce to craft sophisticated takes on classic American flavors. Steeped in a spicy Dungeness crab and saffron broth, the Monterey-style cioppino stews a sumptuous treasure chest of seafood ready to be unlocked by a discerning palate or an industrial welding torch ($25). The normally humble made-to-order clam chowder takes on justifiable airs with sweet-garlic crème fraîche, leeks, and fingerling potatoes ($12.50). Offering the charms of travel without the detailed digital embarrassment of a full-body scan, sparkling-wine flights from the new ($18) and old worlds ($23) shower the senses with shimmering bliss.

750 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

The name Planet Gemini would imply that this club has two sides to it, but that's not quite accurate. There are at least three. Since opening Planet Gemini more than 20 years ago, the Lane brothers?Frankie and Anthony?have built a venue that functions as a comedy club, a live-music space, and a full-service restaurant. Each night, the club transforms into something new: on Tuesday, Frankie, a master chef, puts together a menu of homemade Italian food as Anthony croons classic Italian songs; Wednesday and Sunday are dance nights, with Latin bands taking the stage as the audience dances the pachanga, merengue, and salsa; and Thursday is for karaoke, during which professional lighting and sound make amateurs feel like rock stars or a circus tiger.

On Friday and Saturday night, however, the music gives way to laughter, as the stage is reserved for a rotation of nationally touring comedians. Although Planet Gemini is mostly known for featuring up-and comers?many of whom have been featured on HBO, Comedy Central, and other national programming?they've also had the good fortune to host famous funny men such as George Lopez and Jimmy Fallon.

2110 Fremont St
Monterey,
CA
US