1038 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 372-5960
Fax: (831) 655-1681
Savor a taste of European style flair at the Taste Cafe & Bistro. This warm and attractive eatery is perfect for an intimate meal. Live jazz performances from Thursday to Saturday just add to the already charming atmosphere. This award-winning restaurant satisfies the gourmand in you with offerings like grilled eggplant Napoleon, herb roasted chicken, freshly prepared sausages and more. Watch Bill Karaki, the owner and chef, in action as he prepares your dishes. A selection from the extensive bar and wine list helps you round up your meal. Don't forget to try the delicious desserts especially the hot favorite—the brioche bread pudding. Yum!
This popular jazz and blues club brings in masses of locals for the live music and excellent food. The place is always crowded, with people filling up the mahogany chairs to gorge on the plates of delicious seafood and steak or the good sandwiches. There is a great ocean view, and the stained glass windows give it an historic look. Bands play every night. The place has a wide variety of specials, from Monday Night Football deals to jam nights to private parties. One of the most popular spots on Cannery Row, it also has dynamite service.
The Blue Fin is one of those brick edged former warehouse spaces which give Cannery Row its signature style, and is one of the best places to knock some balls around the felt. The food here centers on typical bar fare such as pizza, hot wings and burgers, but there can be some rather tasty fresh fish offerings as well. There is also a modest stage and sound system, and when bands are playing the space makes a quite neat crossover to a hip nightclub. Check the website for event listings.
Carbone's Bar & Billiards offers you an unparalleled night out experience in the city of Monterey. Live entertainment is just the tip of the iceberg that makes up the big lot that is on offer here. A friendly atmosphere welcomes visitors into this establishment, and the good beer and drinks makes them want to stay, while the line-up of bands and artists makes them come back for more. Besides the good entertainment, there is also a game room at this bar, which offers a chance for folks to unwind and play a few games of pool, darts, or Foosball.
With 24 beers and ales on tap, a vast array of single-malt scotches, live music on the weekends, and live soccer from the U.K. on Saturday mornings, this is the place to be if you want authentic British atmosphere. As for the decor, it is 100 percent British. The kitchen serves up the usual fare: fish 'n' chips, bangers, etc. There are even trivia contests and karaoke nights. All sorts of people come here, from British ex-pats to sports fans to singles looking for love. See website for menu, events calendar, and other regional locations.
Voted by Coastal Weekly as Monterey's best new restaurant, this place is, as the title suggests, for those who have a passion for large portions and living life to the fullest. The decor takes one back to the 1920s prohibition era where the martini was king. The menu includes aged prime steaks, several sandwiches and pasta dishes, as well as several big salads and more martini recipes than you will see anywhere else. A great place for lunch or dinner, and the service is excellent. The wine list features a variety of California wines.
Encompassing nearly 5000 square feet, this Tudor-style British pub claims to be the original one in the area. It has a load of beers and ales on tap as well as 60 single-malt scotches available. You can relax in the heated garden patio with its own fireplace, or hang inside, where you can enjoy live entertainment six nights of the week. Food is traditional pub fare: bangers, burgers, and fish and chips. There is no better beer selection in Monterey, and the happy hour is constantly being voted the best in town by locals. It is always fun here. See website for menu, beer list, specialty drinks, photos, and more.
This huge nightclub offers a variety of events. Stand-up comedy takes place on weekend evenings, before the place opens up for the late-night dance crowd. Sunday is Salsa night, and Wednesday is Pachanga Night, while Friday and Saturday are dominated by live comedy. The typical subdued purple and black nightclub interior makes a great backdrop for every event. See website for calendar, reservations and more.
Flames burst from the rotisserie at this cheerful eatery. With the red-and-white tablecloths and the European ornaments adorning the walls, this is an ideal place to relax with friends or family. The menu offers a variety of pastas and other entrees with Swiss specialties that include mouthwatering Mountain Sausage Platter and the Veal Schnitzel with Capers. Wines run from $20-80 per bottle, including a handful of Swiss vintages. Swiss musicians play twice a week, usually Fridays and another day that varies from week to week.
The Blue Lagoon is a popular nightlife spot among Santa Cruz locals including many of the students at UCSC. They come here for the live music, DJ dance party nights, special events and the beer and cocktail specials. Every day from 4.00p to 9.00p is happy hour which makes it a whole lot easier to party on a budget and on top of that, there is an additional drink special for the night like Monday's or Thursdays. Whether you are coming for the cheap drinks or the music, you won't leave without a smile.
The Catalyst is one of the best music and nightlife venues in the Santa Cruz area, offering up live bands covering many genres, as well as DJs on certain nights. The nightclub has a main dance area, an enormous bar that serves up beer, wine and cocktails and an upstairs lounge with pool tables and a game room. The calendar is constantly changing so be sure to check the website for upcoming acts, hours and cover charges. The nightclub can also be rented out for private functions.
If you are looking to spend an evening in a high-energy nightclub with thumping music blaring out of the speakers, then the award-winning club Motiv is just the right place for you. A popular hangout for young people, the club is host to a number of renowned DJs catering to the music sensibilities of hip-hop, pop, techno/house, salsa and reggae music followers. The club is also open for lunch, with several small-plate options like chips, nachos and sliders, as well as bigger fare like pizzas and burgers. The nights are backed by a team of expert mixologists who ensure the constant flow of cocktails and other beverages to the dance floor. One of the best places for a late-night hangout, check their website to know more about Motiv.