Evenings by the Sea
If you're headed to Carmel by the Sea, it's probably not for the nightlife. It's more likely for the wine or for the small town ambiance of the area. This doesn't mean you can't grab a couple friends and have some fun though. Just don't expect a crazy club scene.
Start with a Margarita
Head to Club Jalapeno on San Carlos Street for a stellar margarita. Grab a couple of tacos while you're there to start off your night.
Catch a Bit of the Game
If you'd like to see what's up with your favorite sports team, make a stop at Jack London's Bar and Grill at Dolores Street and 5th Avenue. Try some of the local brews as you cheer or boo.
Sample a Local Delicacy
There's no better place to try oysters than a city by the ocean. Flaherty's is where to go to get them, and to have a couple of glasses of wine.
Go Night Fishing
Just like the daytime life, Carmel nightlife revolves around the ocean. You're likely to spot a few night fisherman, and you can charter a boat and join in.
The Real Carmel Nightlife
There's no better way to finish your evening in Carmel than with a stroll by the ocean or a walk on the beach.
Looking for a town that's a bit wilder? Head two hours north to San Francisco.