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Best Club for Jazz (2013)
301 Alvarado St., Monterey
This downtown Monterey fixture has always paired delicious Italian food with warm Mediterranean decor and live music in an intoxicating nightlife concoction that attracts a mature crowd. And when the kitchen closes on the weekends it feels more like a dance club, but four nights a week, they shift from funk, old school and R&B to a more jazzy vibe. Bonus round: happy hour jazz jams on the first and third Sunday of the month 3:30-6:30pm.