787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA
James Bond preferred his martini shaken, not stirred, but you can have it as you wish at Bittersweet, and on Martini Mondays you can have one of the house specialties for half-price. Bring a friend or two by for a leisurely happy hour from 3-6pm any day of the week and get two pizzas for the price of one.
8017 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA
An authentic English pub with the beer list to prove it, Britannia Arms is a comfy, no-nonsense bar with friendly service and a laid-back atmosphere. Located in Aptos, the Brit is a popular hangout for football and soccer fans thanks to numerous televisions and a full menu for both lunch and dinner. Catch the game, have a pint, and relax—it's a not just a European thing.
265 Center St, Aptos, CA
Though this popular Aptos bar is called the Mediterranean, it actually serves up a tasty mix of American Mexican food. In addition to the fine dining, the neighborhood hot-spot also provides plenty of entertainment like darts, video games and a well-stocked jukebox. If that's not enough, there's always the weekday happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm.
Sanderlings at Seascape Resort
One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA
Don't let the elegance of this resort lounge make you shy. Everyone here is in party mode. Jet-setters letting their hair down after the power meeting, visiting weekend warriors and locals alike rub elbows and swill uptown cocktails and bottled brews with an impressive tri-partisan alliance. Live music Friday and Saturday nights.
7941 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA
When the Aptos locals want to shake a leg, they waste no time getting down to Verve, where live acts take the stage most nights of the week. The cozy interior, intimate stage and welcome selection of bar food (sliders, wings, salads) make it a natural place to see a Saturday through to the wee hours.
1 Rancho del Mar, Aptos, CA
A tavern wholly devoted to the reveling arts, the Windjammer features a pool table, dart boards, live music on the weekends and TV for sports coverage during the week. Thoughtfully, the proprietors open up at 9am on Saturdays and Sundays to minister to the weekend wounded with Bloody Marys and burgers from the next-door café.