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Best Singles Bar (2012)
474 Alvarado St., Monterey
The fresh Pacific, Blue Point, Morro Bay and Kumamoto oyster helps fuel the frisky feeling, while the patio, varied seating areas and half-circle bar help create the space for some friendly face-to-face. Should a little more lingering be in order, an appealing set of menus further soothe the mood. The drinks are flat-out formidable, from the 22-ounce Monster Magarita armed with Tres Agaves from the stocked tequila bar to the Purple-Headed Dragon cosmo-style martini. The crowded scene and muted lighting make this place greater than the sum of its singles.