Britannia Arms Pub & Restaurant

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Type: Bar, Eatery

444 Alvarado St.
Monterey, California, 93940
United States

(831) 656-9543 | map

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4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Of the British Pubs I've been to on my visits to Monterey this one is the most sports oriented.

The Britannia Arms is loacated in down town Monterey. It is on one of the busier streets where there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

A medium sized pub. The wooden bar is medium sized and there are plenty of tables and chairs that take up the floor space. A lot of sports parafanailia is on the walls. Even golf bags signed by pros like Jim Furyk hang on the walls. The walls also have plenty of British knick knacks and beer signs on them. Windows let in plenty of natural light and tables next to the windows provide good spots for watching the outside world go about its daily routine. There are six t.v.s and one big screen t.v.. These are showing sports from American to European. Plenty of futbol was on the telly when I was there. Their website even lists the upcoming sporting events they will be showing.

The menu is large and the food is a mix of American and British pub style grub. I had the tuna melt with fries and it was well made. It is inexpensive and the portions are good sized.

The service was very good every time I have been here. The bartenders and waitresses are very friendly and work hard. The clientele is a mix of locals and British transplants. It is a very friendly crowd and it is easy to strike up a converstion with a complete stranger.

This pub has twenty four taps. Like many of the other pubs they get more imports than craft beers. Fuller's is very popular. They have the ESB, IPA and the London Pride. Boddington's, Guinness, Murphy's, Tennants, Stella, Erdinger, Pilsner Urquel, 1066 Ale(Local Brewery), Fat Tire, Deschutes Porter and a few others make up the tap selection. Bottles are: John Courage, Paulaner, Newcastle, Harp, Rogue, Red Stripe, Bombadier Premium Ale in twenty ounce bottles and a few other selections. A very good selection of beers to try.

This is a very fun pub to visit for a pint, friendly company and some food. The sports fans may be in high numbers on some days. I did not see any transplanted British soccer hooligans when I was there. So don't worry. It is safe. Cheers!

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Photo of ocmpoma
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The Brit, as it is known to locals, is located on downtown Monterey's main drag. It is the go-to bar for the younger crowd that likes noise and an excess of mainstream beer. My main impression of the place is that it's done on the cheap -- it's the closest you can get to a dive bar in Monterey proper.

All in all, with the exception of an atmosphere that just puts me off -- Red Bull tables, way too much aluminium and plastic, etc. -- the bar is an average place. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend, as Monterey has somewhere that would cater to any taste better than the Brit could -- and that includes the crowd that likes noise and an excess of run-of-the-mill beer.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

In downtown Monterey on the main strip, it has a classic brtish pub feel, kind of dark and crowded, has a few flat screens with a wide range of sports on. Friendly service but very busy. about 12 taps on hand with a good mix of british ales and a few american classics. Food was only OK, the cheese steak was dry and blah for flavor. I stuck with English Ales for the night a Dragon Slayer IPA - Not nearly hoppy euoght for me to call it an IPA and a Strong English Ale - not bad. Regulars were friendly and a plasant place to be but not my first choice.

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Britannia Arms Pub & Restaurant in Monterey, CA
Place rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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