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arts and entertainment BEST PLACE TO GO DANCING BEST SINGLES BAR Barmel San Carlos between Ocean and 7th, Carmel (831) 626-3400, There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just shaking it on the dance floor, and Barmel has the best dance floor in the county. With some of the most talented DJs and musicians from near and far bringing their musical stylings, you can expect evenings full of tunes to get you grooving. Whether you want to sway to an acoustic set or twerk to some bassy beats, they have got you covered. And if you’re looking for love, the dance floor or the classy bar offer equally inviting options. BEST SPORTS BAR Peter B's Brewpub 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey (831) 649-2699, A stone’s throw from Fisherman’s Wharf and tucked on the side of the Portola Hotel you will find one of the best sports bars the county has to offer. Sip on award-winning craft beer while munching on creative pub fare in front of flat-screens. Serving locals since 1996, when DVD was the preferred way of watching the film adaptation of Of Mice And Men, Peter B’s offers extended hours during football season, as well as game-day food specials served in a cozy and comfortable setting. BEST TASTING ROOM Scheid Family Vineyards 7th and San Carlos, Carmel, (831) 626-9463 1972 Hobson Ave., Greenfield, (831) 3860316, East of Eden, the folks at Scheid have established Eden—in the form of an environmentally-friendly, sustainable vineyard and winery, with a tasting room attached. Closer to the coast (just a few blocks from it, in fact) is another version of Eden: Scheid’s Carmel tasting room. What does paradise entail? In Carmel it means fine wines and windows on the people-watching sidewalks. In South County, it takes the form of fine wines in rolling fields. And both settings are filled with fun, knowledgeable staff and people having a great time. BEST WINERY TO VISIT Folktale Winery 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel (831) 293-7500, The grapes on Folktale’s 15 acres of Carmel Valley vineyard are living their best lives, no wrath involved—and so can you. A visit to the idyllic Folktale Winery goes beyond just tasting wine and learning about winemaking practices (though there is that on offer). After you sip, enjoy food (including Sunday brunch) in the wine garden, or plan your visit around one of the many live music acts that Folktale hosts. That’s a full day well spent. BEST PLACE FOR KARAOKE Britannia Arms 444 Alvarado St., Monterey (831) 656-9543, When it comes to karaoke, it is not about who is the most technically talented singer (that would be a singing competition). It is about who is having the most fun. It’s getting the crowd to join you for a cover of “Sweet Caroline.” By reputation, parties at Pacific Biological Laboratory rivaled Danny and the paisanos for vocal power. But they are no more. So it’s BEST OF MONTEREY COUNTY® 2023 33 444 Alvarado • Monterey • 656-9543 • FINE BRITISH FOOD CELEBRATING 24 YEARS! “Hey Thanks” for Voting Us Best Place for Karaoke 18 Years in a Row! HAPPY HOUR 3:30-6:30PM MON-FRI $6 Drafts & Well Drinks • ½ Off Appetizers ’23 HD BIG SCREEN TVS FOR ALL THE GAMES! Thank You For VoTing “Much ado abouT noThing” besT LocaL TheaTer ProducTion go to for up coming shows and donate to season 3. 831-275-1441 established in 2022, new canon Theatre company’s mission is to stage daring re-imaginings of the classical and contemporary canons while simultaneously producing new works by established and emerging playwrights. ’23 Photo credit - glen Mcdowell Photography