Mix It Up
Set down the brew for a night and sip on one (or all) of these inventive cocktails.
Seen at right: Red Sky Supreme Bloody Mary
Photograph by Michelle Magdalena
1) BUBBLY 2.0
What happens when local champagne is stirred with strawberry flavor and topped with a potent dollop of St. Germain foam? You relax.
2) French Ginger
Grey Goose vodka and Huana liqueur are graced with fresh grated ginger, lemon juice, and sugar for a memorable handcrafted concoction along vibrant Cannery Row.
Angel's Share Craft Cocktail Bar
3) Lemon Drop
Any cocktail goes down well at the area's hippest spot for drinks and socializing, but this classic drink tops them all. Have two.
4) Passionfruit Rita
She's a keeper, dressed nicely with Reposado tequila, Cointreau, and a potent passionfruit purée.
5) Whiskey Flights
Order The Bourbon Batch and feel your palate awaken, going from Basil Hayden to Booker's to Baker's to a 10-year Bulleit.
Bull and Bear Whiskey Bar & Taphouse
Mixologists Christian Pèpe and Jason Wallace transformed Carmel's bar scene with their wildly inventive drinks, many of which are infused with Pèpe's own limoncello brand, PèpeCello.
Starlight Rooftop Lounge at Vesuvio
7) Red Sky Supreme Bloody Mary
This beast (above right) holds a passionate amount of Hangar 1 Vodka along with assorted cheeses, specialty meats, wafers, and fresh asparagus wrapped in lean prosciutto. Hail Mary!
Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Local Jazz and Live Music Hot Spots.
By Otis Conklin
Some exceptional venues — including timeless Cypress Inn in Carmel and nascent Folktale Winery in Carmel Valley — host regular jazz groups. But their musical notes float beyond the jazz scene. Note some of the best.
Live music, a DJ, stellar brews, and an eclectic vibe. It all works in one of Carmel-by-the-Sea's most unconventional bars and live music venues.
Cibo Ristorante Italiano
Strategically located adjacent to the major downtown Monterey hotels, it has the best happy hour in the area with plenty of offerings for foodies and social drinkers — and the steadiest jazz professionals all weekend.
Folktale Winery & Vineyards
The popular winery offers more than just wine. Live music and hearty meals come with the territory in this attractive haven. Jazz acts, singer-songwriters, and some wellknown performers fill the bill.
The locals dig it. Visitors cherish it because they feel part of the community. Come for the company. Relish the robust line of live entertainment and bands (and brews, too).
BIG SUR, fernwoodbigsur.com
Hyatt Regency Monterey
David Morwood anchors the regular multiplayer riff session in a comfortable lounge centered around a big fireplace and alongside patios that give way to Del Monte Golf Course.
A famous hotel with an impressive wine and cocktail list — not to mention the bar menu — is enough to attract people near and far. The live entertainment will surprise you, though, from the exquisite chanteuse to the dreamy crooner.