Thursday, August 23, 2001
If there are only three requisites in a student's life, those are books, bars and caffeine. Here's a thumbnail glance at some of the best places where students can find their study aids, blow off steam, then get it together for the next day's workout.
Located in downtown Monterey, Bay Books opens at 7:30am and has a wide range of out-of-state newspapers and general magazines. Bay Books has discounts on bestsellers and many fiction titles, plus they special order titles. 316 Alvarado, Monterey, 375-1855.BOOKS, INC.
This 25-year-old independent bookstore in Carmel specializes in mysteries, travel and local history, but has books of all types on its shelves, including N.Y. Times bestsellers and a large selection of marked-down books in the back of the store. Ocean and Junipero, Carmel Plaza, Carmel, 625-0440.
Bookmark prides itself on being a performing arts bookstore, and carries everything from sheet music to scripts to books on dance, theater, music and media. If they don't have it in stock, they also do special orders. 307 Forest, Pacific Grove, 648-0508/ 800-648-0508.
A full selection of books and foreign and domestic magazines greets browsers at Bookworks. Expect to find great fiction, foreign-language literature, and local artists' postcards. 667 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, 372-2242.
BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC
With the 100,000 titles and special order capabilities of Borders, you should be able to find any book you seek. The store highlights local authors and artists, and features kids' story-time hours, and many in-store performances. 2080 California, Sand City, 899-6643.
Metaphysics, philosophy and health are emphasized here. Pilgrim's Way also has an extensive collection of books on Native American culture, psychology, mythology, and a selection of greeting cards. Dolores between 5th and 6th, Carmel, 624-4955.
Inside the sidewalk gardens of the Barnyard Shopping Center, one of the oldest independent bookstores on the Monterey Peninsula offers books of all kinds and has a friendly, knowledgeable staff. The Whole Life center has health and self-help books, and there are weekly lectures and a book club. 3600 The Barnyard, Carmel, 624-1803.
A good selection of new fiction, computer books, mysteries, science fiction and general magazines. If you need a new paperback at a discount, Waldenbooks probably has it. 222 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 373-0987/ Northridge Shopping Center, Salinas, 449-8028.
Athena's Bookshop, 265 Reservation, Marina (behind McDonald's), 883-9323
Bassett Books, 800 Lighthouse, Monterey, 655-3433
The Book End, 245 Pearl, Monterey, 373-4046
Book Haven, 559 Tyler, Monterey, 333-0383
Books and Things, 224 Lighthouse, Monterey, 655-8784
The Book Worm, 600 Lighthouse, Monterey,375-4208
Family Book Center, 144 E. Laurel, Salinas, 759-2665
Lighthouse Books, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, 372-0653
Old Monterey Book Co., 136 Bonifacio, Monterey, 372-3111
Old Capitol Books, 639A Lighthouse, Monterey, 375-2665.
Nighttime: The Clubs
BLUE FIN CAFE AND BILLIARDS
685 Cannery Row, Monterey, 375-7000. Plenty of pool tables, live rock on the weekends, 22 beers on tap and tasty food make Blue Fin a favorite for the 20-30something crowd.
685 Lighthouse, Monterey, 372-0240. Three pool tables, a jukebox and a party-time atmosphere attract a crowd ranging from their 20s to their 40s.
BRITANNIA ARMS PUB
444 Alvarado, Monterey, 656-9543. One of the anchors of downtown Monterey's nightlife, Britannia Arms offers a vast selection of beers and live music on the weekends--when the place is packed pelvis-to-pelvis.BULLDOG PUB
611 Lighthouse, Monterey, 372-5565. One of the main hangouts for expatriate UK immigrants, the Bulldog serves more beer than you can drink and food 'til about midnight.
CHARACTERS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL
350 Calle Principal, Monterey, 647-4023. This quintessential sports bar boasts 12 TV screens and an extensive menu to work off the appetite that comes from cheering.
Alvarado and Del Monte, Monterey, 646-9244. DJs deliver house, trance, industrial and gothic music in an-edgy urban setting.
CROWN AND ANCHOR PUB
150 W. Franklin, Monterey, 649-6496. This downstairs pub offers a mellow, relaxing atmosphere with great food in a convenient location for MIIS and DLI students.
808 N. Main, Salinas, 424-8661. Dakota's Corral is popular for country music and dancing, just the place to get your line-dancing fix.
282 High, Monterey, 372-2565. A combination neighborhood tavern, family restaurant and hangout for the DLI students right next door, Duffy's is a comfortable place to hang.
EASY STREET BILLIARDS
511 Tyler, Monterey, 333-0825. With 13 pool tables and seven beers on tap, Easy Street is a good place to work on hand/eye coordination while racking 'em up.
223 Reindollar, Marina, 883-3000. Using traditional English brewing recipes, English Ales makes seven varieties of beer, served either on tap or by the cask. Munchies at the cafe range from burgers to fish 'n' chips.
474 Alvarado, Monterey, 645-9036. This restaurant and martini bar in downtown offers big steaks, seafood, a full bar and a line of specialty martinis to an upscale crowd of all ages.
LIGHTHOUSE BAR & GRILL
281 Lighthouse, Monterey, 373-4488. Fave local hangout that offers CD music and is open 'til 2am, seven days a week.
LONDON BRIDGE PUB
Fisherman's Wharf #2, Monterey, 655-2879. Another favorite hangout for the expatriate UK community, the Bridge frequently has live music on weekends and Monday's "Smarty Pants" trivia night has a big following.
THE MUCKY DUCK
479 Alvarado, Monterey, 655-3031. Traditional British fare combined with 18 beers on tap, the cozy pub atmosphere inside, a heated garden patio outside and a mix of live and DJ music make the Duck a favorite hang for a wide range of people.
214 Lighthouse, Monterey, 375-3056. To call OT a biker bar is to sell it short; it's also a comfortable neighborhood bar with live blues and rock on weekends, and a patio out in back for Sunday barbecues.
THE PENNY FARTHING TAVERN
9 E. San Luis, Salinas, 424-5652. In addition to the darts and British atmosphere, the Penny Farthing has more than 10 beers on tap, live entertainment and a late night menu.
PETER B'S BREWPUB
DoubleTree Hotel, Portola Plaza, Monterey, 649-4511. The Carmel Brewing Co. makes (and serves) all its beers and ales here while offering plenty of filling food--from pizzas to burgers.
625 Cannery Row, Monterey, 373-1449. National and regional comedians dominate the weekend scene at Planet Gemini, but after the laughter fades, there is a spacious dance floor that gets plenty of action (from Salsa to Top 40) throughout the week.
700 Cannery Row, Monterey, 649-8050. Blues and jazz are the principal offerings here, with national and regional bands performing on Friday and Saturday nights. The place has a good vibe that attracts a crowd ranging from their 20s to their 60s.
414 Alvarado, Monterey, 646-1415. While Viva's music schedule is in a constant state of evolution, Goth night on Tuesdays is a mainstay and the bar is a popular watering hole for people in their 20s and 30s.
The Morning After:
Coffee Houses & Cafés
BYTES INTERNET CAF&EACUTE;
Get your fill of Internet information while fortifying yourself with free java, if you rent computer time. Computers loaded with Netscape, Microsoft Word and more can be rented by the hour. 403 Calle Principal, Monterey, 372-2987.CAFF&EACUTE; CARDINALE
Tucked away down a beautiful garden lane, Caffé Cardinale boasts Carmel's only on-site coffee roaster. Featuring 25 daily roasts, baked goods, cheese and sandwiches, with dining inside or outside in their beautiful patio. Open from 7am each morning until 6pm. Ocean and Dolores, Carmel, 626-2095.
CARAVALI PACIFIC GROVE
Our readers rave about Caravali's dark, rich cappuccino and espresso, along with their iced specialty coffee drinks and tasty pastries. A great place to grab your morning bagel or lunch-time salad. Presenting an airy atmosphere and big-town sophistication right at home in beautiful Pacific Grove. 510 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, 655-5633.
CARMEL VALLEY COFFEE ROASTING CO.
With a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of pastries to pacify your sweet tooth, the Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company is a locals' favorite. Three locations in Carmel and Carmel Valley. 319 Mid Valley Center, Carmel Valley, 624-5934/3720 The Barnyard, Carmel, 620-0844/Lincoln and Ocean, Carmel, 626-2913.
CHERRYBEAN GOURMET COFFEEHOUSE
Located in Oldtown Salinas, the Cherrybean is a favorite hangout, as well as a great watering hole for visitors. Featuring a variety of fine coffees, with sandwiches and pastries to match. Situated just down the street from the Steinbeck Center, surrounded by a variety of unique shops. 332 Main, Salinas, 424-1989.
Complementing their varieties of house brews, Ground Zero has created a great menu of specialty drinks, ranging from a Fireball (macadamia and coconut coffee) to a Mint Missile (creme de cacao and Irish cream). Juices and smoothies are available, as well as a full lunch menu, pastries and muffins. 1134 S. Main, Salinas, 757-5282.
JUICE 'N' JAVA
This fun, lively hangout features four fruit and five veggie drinks with a fireplace to boot! Along with several varieties of coffee, they have a great selection of soup, sandwiches, burritos, steamed veggies and pastries. 599 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, 373-8652.
MORGAN'S COFFEE & TEA
Morgan's is a funky place in a funky stone building, with great coffee roasted on the spot. Also on the menu are beer and wine, exotic teas, baked goods, and even Turkish coffee. Comfy seating and tables; a great place to read or hold conversation. 498 Washington, Monterey, 373-5601.
The Starbucks coffee chain's coffees can be found in mugs in almost every city in America now, and this popularity should come as no surprise. Starbucks is overflowing with a vast assortment of drinks, food, and coffee-related accessories for the java enthusiast. 492 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 642-0736; 461 Alvarado, Monterey, 373-8575; 2160 California, Sand City, 394-1236.
This coffeehouse/cafe prides itself on freshness, from the food and drinks to the atmosphere. Featuring a light lunch and dinner menu, as well as baked goods, full coffee bar, teas and herbal tonics. Located in a great old Pacific Grove house, just off of Lighthouse. 212 17th, Pacific Grove, 644-9836.