Bars and Clubs
The population of Carmel tends toward wealthy seniors. Hence, the nightlife isn’t too hopping here, and live music in bars in Carmel was illegal until 2006—seriously. Most of the drinking tends toward restaurants and the occasional hotel lounge.
If you’re looking for an evening out within Carmel city limits, try a night at the theater.
If you simply must go out for a drink, try Jack London’s Bar & Grill (Dolores St. and Fifth Ave., 831/624-2336, www.jacklondons.com). All dark wood, fancy ceiling, and quiet elegance, it’s no surprise that Jack London’s has a full menu of fancier-than- average bar food and a wine list that would do a high-end restaurant proud.
But it’s also got big-screen TVs tuned to the games of the day and live blues each Friday. If you’ve brought your favorite canine companion, you’ll find a welcoming seat outside on the patio, where the full menu is served.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition