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  • From pubs to dance floors to dives to pool halls, Monterey's bar and nightclub scene covers all the bases. Because of the college crowd and more gentrified set, Monterey offers a little something for all tastes. This Top 10 breaks down some of the most popular bars and nightclubs that welcome all walks of life.

    As in any city, everyone has their opinion of what the best bar and nightclub is in Monterey. The Number 1 on this list, Blue Fin Café and Billiards, takes the top spot because it offers "something for everyone," and pulls it off. It's not just trying to be all things to everyone-it is. From Salsa nights to beer pong tournaments to weekly live entertainment and DJs, plus a tasty menu and great drinks, Blue Fin Café and Billiards is constantly looking for new ways to please its existing fan base and draw in more crowds. If you're looking for the hippest spot in town check out Blue Fin.

    Pretty much on the opposite end of the bar and nightclub spectrum is Alfredo's Cantina, Number 5 on this list. Housed in an old building, dive-y and dark yet simultaneously friendly and a great place to hang out, Alfredo's has as loyal local following and rarely disappoints to provide a great night.

    Characters Bar & Grill (Number 9) is a good, ol' fashion sports bar. It offers Americana cuisine at reasonable prices and has more TVs than is worth counting. Located inside the Marriott hotel, it offers a comfortable, classic bar vibe. And you won't miss the game just because you're out of town.

    Some of these are Monterey nightlife stapes, like the Mucky Duck in Cannery Row and Lounge Underground. Others, like Alfredo's Cantina, have gained a steady fan base without the benefit of name recognition. Hit the town with an open mind and remember that if the bar you went to tonight wasn't exactly to your liking, there's always tomorrow night to check out what else Monterey has in store.

    Blue Fin Cafe and Billiards

    685 Cannery Row

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    Mucky Duck

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    479 Alvarado Street
    (near Jefferson St)

    Authentic British Pub... read more

    Bulldog British Pub

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    611 Lighthouse Ave
    (at Hoffman St)

    Authentic British Pub... read more

    London Bridge Pub

    Wharf #2

    Waterfront Public House... read more

    Alfredo's Cantina

    266 Pearl Street

    Dive Bar... read more

    Britannia Arms

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    444 Alvarado Street
    (near Munras St)

    Authentic British Pub... read more

    Jose's Lounge Underground

    638 Wave Street

    A rowdy-crowded bar that's become a premier rock music venue... read more

    Sly McFly's

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    700 Cannery Row

    Jazz, Blues, Food, Beer... read more

    Characters Sports Bar & Grill

    350 Calle Principal

    Sports bar... read more

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    Planet Gemini

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    2110 North Fremont Street

    This all inclusive restaurant and nightclub serves up food, comedy, and music every night of the week... read more

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    Golden State Theater

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    417 Alvarado St.

    Classic movies, national acts... read more

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    Osio Cinemas

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    350 Alvarado Street

    Your favorite flicks coming up... read more

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    Club Octane

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    321-D Alvarado St.

    Best nightclub in Monterey six years running...
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    Monterey Live

    406 Alvarado Street
    (at the corner of Del Monte Street)

    Best live music venue around... read more

    Crown & Anchor

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    150 W Franklin Street
    (between Calle Principal & Tyler St)

    Authentic British Pub... read more


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    301 Alvarado Street
    (& Del Monte St)

    Elegant Sicilian Cuisine... read more

    Alternative Cafe (The)

    1230 Fremont Boulevard

    An Excellent Alternative... read more

    CSUMB University Center Ballroom

    6th Avenue
    California State University Monterey Bay

    Prominent Ballroom... read more

    World Theater

    6th Avenue
    California State University Monterey Bay

    Cultural Events Venue... read more

    Century 14 Northridge Mall

    350 Northridge Mall

    More than just movies... read more
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