Top 5 Best Beer Bars in Monterey for Cloud Identity Summit

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.54.33 AMThe Cloud Identity Summit starts this weekend and for those of the attendees that are looking to have an after hours discussion about Identity related topics while enjoying a beer, here is the definitive (ok maybe too strong) guide to the best beer bars in Monterey.

Top 5 Best Beer Bars

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 9.27.07 PM1.  The Crown and Anchor:  This is one of the original great pubs of Monterey and is our go-to pub when we want to get our UK fix.  The owner is from England and knows her beer’s.  They have a variety of great beers from the Emerald Isle and England for your drinking pleasure.  The patio outdoor seating area is great for a warm evening.  They have heaters for those Monterey summer nights that are worthy of Mark Twain’s famous saying.   They stay open relatively late for Monterey standards.

2.  Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill:  Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 9.30.30 PM This place is the newest entry on Alvarado and will remind you of Gordon Biersch.  The beer is very good and there are a wide selection of on tap and in the bottle options.  I personally appreciate the wide selection of non-alcoholic options.  The decor is warm, modern and inviting and great for a large group so if your party is more than The food is california quinine and is packed on a regular basis.

3.  English Ales Brewery:  Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 9.35.00 PMThe beer is excellent for this off the beaten path beauty.  The service is also great.  Food is ok but authentic.  My favorite is the chicken salad.  On a Wednesday night, a group of great water polo players is known to frequent this place.

4.  Jack London Bar & Grill:  If your headed to Carmel this is always a good standby for a good time.  Great bar with good food.  The ambiance is intimate so perfect place for group of 5-8 identity revelers.  If you want something a little bigger, the better bet in Carmel is Forge In the Forest but that is not for the beer more for the fires and ambiance so it doesn’t make the list.

5.  Trident Room:  This place is legendary but you can only get in if you know someone from the Naval Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 9.24.42 PMPost Graduate School.  The history alone is worth the price of admission.  This is where Teddy Roosevelt and FDR have stayed in Monterey.  Besides the history and the opportunity to have a great beer, you most likely will be sitting in a room with some of the best men and women the United States has to offer.  On Memorial Day Weekend, NPS opens it’s doors to the public and tours are given around the grounds and inside the building.

There are a tons of other options in Monterey.  However, it can be a little sleepy so make sure you ask around and find a local as they will be able to tell you where to go to have fun and eat well.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge and Monterey with us Identity wonks.  

Please leave a comment if you find a better location that is not on the list. 

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