Alvarado Street Brewery's Mai Tai Wins Bronze Medal

We at Alvarado Street Brewery were incredibly honored to receive our fourth medal in the past six years for our Mai Tai PA at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival. Usually we enter Mai Tai into the International-style Pale Ale category but changed it up this year into the American Strong Pale Ale category, where it was awarded a Bronze.

We brew Mai Tai PA year round and always have a fresh batch queued up. It's almost always available on for shipping, and you'll also find it at Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill at 426 Alvarado Street.

New Seasonal Menu at Esteban Restaurant, February 2021

As the change of seasons draws near, Chef Mario Garcia's new, late-winter seasonal menu at Esteban Restaurant is taking full advantage of peak-season produce, fresh seafood, high quality premium beef and lamb, and pasture-raised poultry.

Chef Garcia’s signature entrees...

Cult Taco Is Closed for the Winter

Following service on Nov. 29, Cult Taco, located at 481 Alvarado Street, will be taking a pause this winter. As with so many downtown Monterey businesses, we've been crippled by the impacts of Covid-19.

We don’t know what the future has in store, but we remain hopeful to bring a re-imagined dining experience to Alvarado Street in 2021. Until then, we hope you will join us at Cultura Comida y Bebida in Carmel - where some of your Cult Taco favorites will be made available in the interim.

Community Art Project from MY Museum: What Does Your Child Love?

MY Museum misses all of you a lot and we want to try something... Please have your kid(s) decorate one heart (or several) with marker, crayons, or paint and then write something they love on it. When you're done, drop it off at MY Museum at 425 Washington Street, sticking it in between our doors.

Our staff will collect the hearts and hang them on the front window of the museum. We want to cover the windows with all that love!

Alvarado Street Brewery: New Releases Now Available on Fridays

Alvarado Street Brewery is switching things up just a little bit...going forward, all new releases will be on Friday! They'll be simultaneously hitting our Monterey location for in-person purchase and our online store for shipping. So check the website or come see us at 426 Alvarado Street to get your hands on all the latest brews.

Big Sale at RubyStar Gems and Gifts

For a limited time only, RubyStar Gems and Gifts is holding a massive sale featuring 50% off all jewelry, crystals, gemstones, and clutch purses. We have a wide variety of items that would make lovely Valentine's Day gifts. Visit us at 570 Munras Avenue, Suite 40.

Online Magazine Collage Workshop from YAC

As a gift to the community, Youth Arts Collective has started an online Art Workshop Series consisting of projects that can be done at home or in the classroom and are appropriate for all ages.

The first in the series is the Magazine Collage Workshop , led by Marcia Perry and Raven Cook. The video lasts approximately 20 minutes. Watch for the next art video coming to YAC's YouTube channel in two weeks - All Hearts! - in which we'll create ribbon, paper and yarn heart mobiles.

Om Studios: Gentle Yoga Series Begins March 15

Om Studios' next 6-week Gentle Yoga Series begins on Monday, March 15. While Om classes continue daily in the gardens of Cooper-Molera Adobe in Monterey, this class will be held in Jewell Park in Pacific Grove. Fee is $69. Space is limited.

If you're just beginning (or re-beginning) your journey into yoga, this class is for you. Om Studios owner Lindsay Wetterau will guide you in building your yoga practice from the ground up. Each posture will be taught in a way that allows the student to develop a strong, healthy, safe, and mindful yoga practice.

Mother's Day Special at Puma Road at Portola Plaza

In honor of Mother's Day, Puma Road at Portola Plaza is offering our 2019 Rose of Grenache for $10 per bottle, now through Monday, May 10. Our wine tasting room is open for indoor and outdoor wine tasting and retail sales, Mon & Thurs, 2pm-7pm, and Fri-Sun, 2pm-8pm, at 281 Alvarado Street.

Online Meditation Class from Om Studios

Have you been curious about beginning a meditation practice but don't know where to start? Om Studios has created an online 5 day meditation series and these 10 minute meditations are the perfect way to kick-start your mindfulness practice.

In Om's virtual studio, livestream classes are now included alongside more than 200 of our pre-recorded classes. Your first week is free, and then it's $39 per month. For more info, please visit our website .

Monterey Trolley Returns on June 25, 2022

The Monterey trolley returns! This free service will operate June 25 - September 5, 10am-6pm daily. Park in the Downtown Monterey Garage (340 Tyler), Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam), or the Waterfront Lot (245 Washington) and get a free ride to all of your favorite attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

New Mask Rules in Monterey County as of February 16

Most of you have probably heard that the State of California and Monterey County lifted the indoor mask mandate on February 16 for people who are vaccinated for Covid.**

This means that, as of February 16, businesses in Downtown Old Monterey are not required to enforce masking and social distancing for anyone who's been vaccinated. Keep in mind that they can still request that everyone wear a mask while on their premises.

Please remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. If a business is still requiring everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, they surely have a good reason for doing so.

Please help us by being your most compassionate and understanding self. If wearing a mask is not something you're willing to do, just take your money to another business until their rules change.

What if you want to keep wearing a mask? If you're vaccinated but still want to wear a mask, you're allowed to do so regardless of what other people are doing around you.

**Not vaccinated? Please keep your mask on indoors. Want to get vaccinated and/or boosted? You can make an appointment here.

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic at Monterey Conference Center

Monterey Conference Center

Monterey Fire Department is hosting a free Covid-19 vaccination clinic for ages 12+ at Monterey Conference Center on Tuesday, February 8, 2pm-6pm. The clinic will have all three vaccines available (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) and can administer first, second, and booster doses as needed. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can register online here .

MY Museum Covid Vaccination Clinic

Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum is teaming up with Central Avenue Pharmacy to support families in the fight against COVID-19. Please join us for a free vaccination clinic for anyone age 5 and up on Monday, January 24, 4pm-6pm. The museum will be...

California State Mask Mandate Extended to February 15

The State of California has extended its indoor mask mandate through at least February 15 as Covid infection rates have risen dramatically since the holidays.

Please wear a high-quality mask over your nose and mouth and stay safe, everyone. You can find information on where to get Covid vaccines and boosters in Monterey County here .

All our Downtown Old Monterey businesses remain open, and many offer options for people wishing to be more cautious, including take-out service from restaurants and curbside pick-up and shipping from select retail shops.

Thanks from all of us to all of you, our valued customers and friends, for continuing to support locally-owned businesses!

Covid Testing Still Happening Tuesdays in Old Monterey!

Parking Lot

Lightspeed Testing will be conducting free rapid Covid tests on Tuesday, December 28 and Tuesday, January 4, 4pm-6pm, in the parking lot of 665 Munras Avenue in Monterey. (PCR tests will also be available for no cost if you have health insurance.) You can register in advance online.

Covid testing (and Covid vaccinations!) will return to the Old Monterey Farmers Market on Alvarado Street on Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm, when the market reopens on January 11.

California State Mask Mandate Begins December 15

Throughout the state of California, face masks are required to be worn indoors in public spaces beginning Wednesday, December 15. This is in response to a 47% increase in Covid case rates in the state since Thanksgiving and a rise in hospitalizations. For details on the mandate, please read this press release from the California Department of Public Health .

This mandate is scheduled to last at least until January 15. We in Downtown Old Monterey thank you for your patience and your continued support of our small, locally-owned businesses this holiday season.

Monterey County Mask Mandate Begins November 5

Throughout Monterey County, face masks will be required to be worn indoors in public spaces beginning Friday, November 5. This is because Monterey County has reached the "substantial" community transmission level of Covid-19 according to the CDC. For details, please read this short article in Monterey County Weekly by Pam Marino.

There are some exceptions to the mask mandate, all covered in the article . These exceptions include indoor dining, situations in which a mask would "impede a medical or cosmetic procedure," or at a meeting where all vaccinated people have shown proof of vaccination (unvaccinated people still have to wear masks).

We thank you for your patience, your compassion in these unusual times, and your continued support of Downtown Old Monterey's small, locally-owned businesses.

Portola Hotel & Spa Offers Free Covid Testing to the Public

Portola Hotel & Spa is now partnering with Virus Geeks to provide free, walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing to the public Tue-Sat, 7am-4pm. The Peet's Coffee shop at the hotel (220 Alvarado Street) has temporarily been transformed into a testing site.

Thanks to the management of Portola Hotel & Spa for offering this great service!

Monterey County Health Department Recommends Masks Indoors

On July 19, Monterey County Health Department issued a new announcement:

"With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased reports of the very infectious Delta variant, the Counties of Monterey, Napa, San Benito, and Santa Cruz recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places. Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in places like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated.

"Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. This will also make it easier for businesses to be sure unvaccinated people are masked."

The Health Department also reminds us that fully vaccinated people are well-protected from infections and serious illness due to Covid-19 (including the Delta variant). Vaccinating as many people as possible continues to be our best defense! To find a vaccination site near you, please visit or call 2-1-1.

New Prize Drawing July 1 for People Vaccinated for Covid-19

The State of California is continuing its incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19. On July 1, all Californians over age 18 who have received the vaccine will be entered into a drawing to receive one of six dream vacations (including hotels, food, and entertainment for up to four people plus $2000 for expenses). Read details here.

Want to find out where to get a free Covid-19 vaccine? Find a location here.

California Reopened on June 15...What Does That Mean in Old Monterey?

By now, all of you have probably heard that California reopened on June 15. You may be asking: what does that mean?

It means that most, but not all, Covid-19 related public health orders have been lifted for all the lucky people who've been vaccinated. For people who haven't been vaccinated, the new rules are somewhat relaxed, but remain similar to what they were before.

As of June 15, businesses in Downtown Old Monterey no longer have any capacity limits and most are not required to enforce masking and social distancing for anyone who's been vaccinated, Keep in mind that they can still request that everyone wear a mask while on their premises.

If a business is still requiring everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, they surely have a good reason for doing so. Please remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. While we're all thrilled to be starting the return to normal, the reality is that for people operating shops, restaurants, and services, things are still a long way from normal. 2021 is going to be a year of transition.

Please help us by being your most compassionate and understanding self. If wearing a mask is not something you're willing to do, just take your money to another business until their rules change.

If you're vaccinated but still want to continue to wear a mask, you're welcome to do that regardless of what other people are doing around you.

Want to get vaccinated for Covid-19? Now is a great time to get vaccinated - there are many free appointments available in Monterey County . Increased vaccination rates protect your physical health as well as our economic health. We simply do not want to return to shutdowns and curfews. Vaccines are the most important tool we have to return California to a vibrant, growing, and healthy economy. Anda!

End of Vintage Sale at Comanche Cellars

Comanche Cellars Wine Room is now offering a special end-of-vintage deal on our Dog & Pony 2019 Rose of Grenache. It's only $20 per bottle (with a 4 bottle minimum purchase). Crisp and bright, it pairs perfectly with summer! Visit us at 412 Alvarado Street.

Jazz at MidiCi Pizza - Stu Reynolds Saxtet, June 13

On Sunday, June 13, 5pm-8pm, local jazz favorite the Stu Reynolds Saxtet will perform at MidiCi Pizza, located at 467 Alvarado Street. No cover charge. Enjoy dinner and a show!

The Stu Reynolds Saxtet features Stu Reynolds on saxophone, Steve Uccello on bass, and Adam Astrup on guitar.

Om Studios Is Hiring

Om Studios is hiring! We are looking for reliable, motivated, and friendly yoga, Pilates, and barre teachers to join our amazing team. Interested? Please email us. Om Studios, an independent, locally owned fitness studio, is located at 631 Cass Street.