Newcomer Food Critic Moves In

Drinks a bit much – super concern over lack of bars. What were you expecting?

I never imagined moving to the 93950, the land of Monarch butterflies, grenade-dropping seagulls and the ubiquitous red-faced, short-sighted nimby. But a few weeks ago I left Monterey and landed in Pacific Grove, a bit wary yet eager to explore “America’s Last Hometown.”

The first oddity: There are no bars in Pacific Grove (the city currently allows on-site consumption of alcohol only at full-scale restaurants — requiring at least 70 percent of seating reserved for dining).

The second oddity: Driving downtown after 8 p.m. is like riding into Tombstone before a gunfight. There are a few folks spilling out of the movie theater (great theater experience, by the way), and more than a few hospitality folks bellied up to the wine bar at Jeninni. But that’s about it. Carmel has a frustrating parking problem. P.G. can only wish for such a problem. A responsible, classy bar (even as part of a downtown restaurant) would help extend the nightlife past sunset. And it would also provide me with a home office.

Newcomer Food Critic Moves In

Like A Poof! The Last Gay Bar Shuts Down

281 Lighthouse Bar Grill

The Lighthouse Bar and Grill in Monterey closed its doors for good Saturday night, ending a 10-year stint as Monterey County’s only full-time night spot for local gays and lesbians.

Greg Moreno, who bought the bar about two years ago with his friend, Bert Orosco, said the business has been struggling, while the customer base has been dwindling.

The closure may be a sign of the times. Gays and lesbians say their numbers aren’t dwindling in Monterey County, but more of them say they feel comfortable in any social situation and therefore don’t feel compelled to hang out exclusively in one place, while others are more likely to connect socially on the Internet.

Like A Poof! The Last Gay Bar Shuts Down