10 Great Places to Have a Beer

Monterey County isn't just an up-and-coming wine destination; it's becoming a great place for beer fans, too. June's Monterey Beer Festival features great beers from around the country as well as the world's first beer-themed short film festival. Beer-focused restaurants are also springing up throughout the county.

Are you in the mood for a brew? Here's a baker's dozen of choices, all places that combine great beer and great atmosphere.

Alvarado Street Brewery

426 Alvarado, Monterey & 1315 Dayton St., Salinas

Since opening in 2014, Alvarado Street Brewery has quickly become a favorite craft brewery on the west coast. Beers are constantly being updated and include a few staples like Mai Tai IPA, Peninsula Pilsner and a variety of sours. Alvarado Street Brewery's location in Monterey includes a restaurant and outdoor beer garden while the Salinas location is home to the actual brewing facility and drafts on tap. 

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

Sly McFly's

700 Cannery Row, Monterey

Pair your cold beer with some live music at Sly McFly's. As the oldest establishment on Cannery Row, this locals hangout is one of the best spots for libations and nightlife in Monterey! 

Sly McFly's

Post No Bills

600 Ortiz Avenue, Sand City

Tucked away in Sand City lies a beer lover's paradise.Post No Bills' artsy yet comfortable atmosphere is a great place to crack one open. You shouldn't have a problem finding a beer that you like with 15 beers on tap and over 200 bottles and canned beers to choose from.

Peter B's Brew Pub

2 Portola Plaza (at the back of the Portola Hotel and Spa), Monterey

There's only one place to go on the Monterey Peninsula if you want beer that's brewed on-premises: Peter B's Brew Pub. Peter B's, located on the edge of Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park in downtown Monterey, offers great pub food and hand-crafted beers. Watch sports games on high-def TVs or sit outside and enjoy a beautiful day.

Peter B's Brewpub Beer

The Tap Room at The Lodge at Pebble Beach

1700 17-Mile Drive (inside The Lodge at Pebble Beach), Pebble Beach

Golfers looking for a beer head to The Tap Room at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Decorated with vintage Pebble Beach memorabilia, The Tap Room has a well-curated selection of draft and bottled beers, and some people say it's got the best burger and onion rings anywhere - try them and decide for yourself.

Fernwood Tavern

47200 Highway One, Big Sur

Have a beer at Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur and you just might catch a legendary indie act; Joanna Newsom notably played a surprise gig here, and many other up-and-coming acts perform on Saturday nights. Both the staff and the clientele are friendly and the beer is reasonably priced.

Britannia Arms

444 Alvarado St., Monterey

Located in downtown Monterey, Britannia Arms is one of the top sports bars in town. It's got a broad selection of beers on tap, with specials on brews that go beyond the usual suspects. Wednesday nights are Karaoke night and Thursday nights are pub trivia; come early if you want a seat.

English Ales

223 Reindollar Ave., Marina

Founded almost 20 years ago by English born Peter and Rosemary Blackwell, English Ales in Marina is known for serving fresh English style ales. Today, English Ales has expanded upon their original mission to include brews with a hoppier flavor, such as the “Big Sur Golden” and “Monterey Bay Wheat” beers. 

English Ales

C Restaurant and Bar

750 Cannery Row (at InterContinental the Clement Monterey), Monterey

Enjoy expensive ocean views and a nice cold beer at the C Restaurant and Bar. Choose to sip your suds either on the outdoor patio or inside at their cozy bar. Stop by on a Friday or Saturday evening and catch a few live jams.

Knuckles Sports Bar

1 Old Golf Course Road (at the Hyatt Regency Monterey), Monterey

It's no wonder that Knuckles Sports Bar has been rated the #1 Sports Bar in Monterey County for eight years in row. With an unmatched assortment of beers and ales and 24 flat-screen TV's there's enough to keep you entertained for quite some time. Don't skip the free popcorn and peanuts!

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