"Shane's Irish Pub ** CLOSED! Now a BBQ joint" Top 5 Page for this destination Monterey Restaurant Tip by Ewingjr98
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As of August 2008 Shane's is closed and a new sign says a BBQ joint is moving in. It'll have tough competition with Willie's Smokehouse just a few blocks away, and Little Chicken House over the hill in PG also less than a mile away.
There are dozens of British pubs around, but Shane's Irish Pub is billed as the county's only Irish Pub.... When I moved here in 2006 it still went by the name Shane's Irish Bistro, but it changed for people like me who enjoy pubs but don't know what a bistro is. Bistro is perhaps a more appropriate name as this place is Irish, but it isn't much of a pub. Shane's actually has just a restaurant liquor license meaning beer and wine only. Another thing that makes "pub" seem a stretch is the setup of the place with a small bar/counter, lots of windows and even almost as much outdoor seating as indoor.
The bar is small but cozy, and the tiny establishment has a few semi-private dining rooms for your party. The main dining area is heated by a natural gas fire. The owner is Irish, one of the bartenders is Scottish, and the cook was also from Ireland or the British Isles judging by his accent. The pub is decorated with plenty of traditional Irish items, but not the typical "Guinness for Strength" posters that are so common in American Irish Pubs. Finally, the menu is filled with great Irish, British & American fare, making this a great place to stop for lunch or dinner.
I had lunch at Shane's on a Friday and was the only person in the restaurant for the duration of my meal (other then the staff). The friendly Scottish bartender kept me entertained, especially when a Hispanic guy called, had trouble understanding her thick accent, & asked her to please speak English! Ha ha--that's her native language! I enjoyed a very tasty bowl of Irish stew (lamb, potatoes, onion, & carrots) with whole grain bread ($9). We returned for dinner and enjoyed tasty bangers & chips with baked beans & corned beef; with beers & tip our large dinner was around $50. On tap they have Harp, Guinness, Smithwicks, a local hefeweizen & a few others. They also have a small variety of wine & bottled beers.
My last visit was May of 2008 and two of us sat at the bar on a Saturday night. It turns out the establishment is up for sale and a new BBQ restaurant might move in. The owner said she was planning to move back to Ireland and start some kind of business there.
On Fri/Sat/Sun they open for lunch at 1130, but weekdays they do not open until 3pm (closed Mondays). They also have free WiFi.
Address: 401 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA
Price Comparison: about average
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