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  • Many will tell you to travel to Monterey for the livelier nightlife, but Carmel has its own set of bars and nightclubs. And they're not just restaurant bars serving drinks passed closing, but a whole breed of kick-up-your-heels and loosen your tie hangouts.

    Jack Londons Bar & Grill is a Carmel staple. Lively and large, Jack Londons serves simple yet succulent bar food in huge helpings. Matching the menu is a wide range of beers and cocktails to enjoy (responsibly, of course) and ample TVs to watch your home team. Overall, Jack Londons has the most inviting ambiance of any bar or nightclub in Carmel, and therefore take the Number 1 spot.

    Number 5 on this Top 10 is Caraccioli Cellars, a just-opened wine tasting room that's already a crowd and critic pleaser. Owned and operated by the Caraccioli wine-producing family, the Caraccioli Cellars is a "lively-but-loungey" wine bar with an excellent selection, knowledgeable staff and tasty small plates and appetizers to pair with the spirits. Caraccioli Cellars is on its way to becoming a Carmel favorite.

    Sade's presence on this list as Number 9 might surprise some local Carmelites who see this Top 10, but for the traveler or even local who's never been here, they might want to rethink their preconceptions about dive bars. Sure, it's more hole-in-the-wall than romantic hole-up, but Sade's offers great service, consistent drinks and lively company every night. A no-frills kind of bar, Sade's welcomes one and all to pull up a bar stool and have a drink.

    Carmel has its share of higher end hangouts. And while places like the Piano Bar (Number 4 here) are great places to have a drink and enjoy some entertainment, there are plenty of good times to be had at less reputable watering holes in the city. Cheers!

    Jack Londons Bar & Grill

    Dolores St

    Bar & grill... read more

    Baja Cantina Restaurant

    7166 Carmel Valley Road

    Lively Mexican joint... read more

    A.W. Shucks

    Ocean Avenue & San Carlos Street

    Stoli Oyster Shooter... read more

    Piano Bar

    26270 Dolores Street

    Live Jazz... read more

    Caraccioli Cellars

    Ocean and 7th

    Wine bar... read more

    Club Jalapeno

    San Carlos Street and 5th Avenue
    Fifth and Sixth Avenues

    Jalapeno Jelly & Tofu Tacos... read more

    expert pick

    Flanagan's Irish-American Pub

    3772 The Barnyard

    Irish pub... read more

    Bully III Steakhouse and Pub

    Dolores Street and Eighth Avenue

    Steakhouse & Pub... read more

    expert pick


    Lincoln Ln & Ocean Ave

    Dive bar... read more

    Bouchée Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Mission Street
    Between Ocean & 7th

    Complete Wine-n-Dine Restaurant... read more

    Trinity Theatre

    310 Main Street

    Small Town Theater... read more

    Magic Circle Theatre

    8 El Caminito Road

    Small Playhouse... read more

    Outdoor Forest Theater

    Mountain View & Santa Rita

    Outdoor Forest Theater... read more

    The Circle Theatre

    Casanova Street & 8th Street

    Intimate Setting... read more

    Lugano Swiss Bistro

    3670 The Barnyard
    Barnyard Shopping Village

    Swiss-Style Chalet... read more

    Caffe Cardinale Coffee Roasting Company

    Ocean Avenue
    Between San Carlos and Dolores streets

    Classic European Style... read more

    Power Juice and Food Company (The)

    173 The Crossroads Boulevard

    Wheat Grass Cocktails & Hummus... read more

    Yogurt Heaven

    157 The Crossroads Boulevard
    157, Crossroads Shopping Village

    Sundaes & Sugar-free Treats... read more

    Chamber Music Monterey Bay

    3785 Via Nona Marie

    Concerts, Competitions & Classes... read more

    Il Fornaio

    Ocean Avenue at Monte Verde

    Fine Italian Cuisine... read more
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