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Raising the Bar Jason Coniglio puts a modern twist on a family legacy
Behind familiar doors in the Casa Sanchez building on Alvarado Street in Monterey, a dark, shallow entrance leads guests back in time to an adobe-white room with dark accents and soft lighting. The character of the room comes from a hand-milled oak bar, stained dark, and the black-and-white portrait of Horace Coniglio presiding over the place.
My Attic is an anachronism in a modern era, boasting a bar in the front plus a lounge in the back, presented in warm olive tones offset by dark walnut woods. The vibe is, inviting, relaxing and fun, punctuated by light, relaxing house music and a menu of fresh, light local fare.
My Attic History
It was 1937, four years after the 21st Amendment was ratified, and folks were celebrating their right to drink openly by drinking in Coniglio’s new bar. He and his brother Sam opened the “saloon” in the Casa Sanchez building on bustling Alvarado Street, and named it “My Attic.”
My Attic is a place where memories are stored, where the stuff of legends rests in old trunks and musty boxes, where new generations learn about themselves through those who came before. It also is a place where people hide during troubled times, such as war and Prohibition.
The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which had mandated nationwide Prohibition on alcohol beginning on January 17, 1920. The 21st Amendment became officially effective on December 15, 1933.Before signing the legislation to abolish prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously quipped, "I think this would be a good time for a beer."
By all accounts, My Attic was the most happening bar in town. John Steinbeck and Doc Ricketts reportedly threw back a few in “My Attic”.
Bubbles & Blossoms $15
Piper Heidsick Champagne, Absolute Pear, and a splash of St. Germane
Ginger Drop $12
Ketel One Citroen, Stirrings Ginger Liquor Rimmed in Fine Sugar
My Attic Manhattan $12read more
Bulleit Bourbon, Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters, Stirrings Espresso & a Drop of Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
Ketel One Oranje, Cosmarreto $12
Amaretto, Squeeze of Lemon & a Splash of Cranberry
My Martini $12
Tan query Ten Chilled Icy severed on the Stem
The Alvarado St. Sour $12read more
Makers Mark, St German, Fresh Squeeze Lime and a splash of S&S Served on the stem
Presbyterian in My Attic $12
Bullet Rye, Ginger Beer, Soda & Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters
My Negroni $12read more
Beefeaters 24, a dash of Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters & Campari served on the Rocks
After 30 years the story had played out. Coniglio gave a “last call” and sold the bar in 1972. Yet the bar became legendary through the stories shared throughout the large Sicilian family that has always kept close through good food, fine spirits and great storytelling. Particularly for grandson Jason Coniglio, who missed the bar by seven years but grew up on the legends that kept it alive.
Jason vowed if the Casa Sanchez building ever became available again he would resurrect “My Attic” and pay homage to his grandfather’s prominent establishment.
Cheese Plater $14.95
Provolone, Emmentaler Swiss and Cambozola Blue
Salumi Platter $14.95
Genoa Salame, Dry Salame and Peppered Salame
Marinated Sicilian Style Olives $5.95read more
Marinated in a My Attic Homemade Recipe
Rosemary Focaccia Bread $5.95
Sides - Eggplant Companata, Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade
Caprese Salad $8.95
Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Tomato, Dried Oregano
Ceasar Salad $8.95
Baby Romaine Lettuce and Ceasar Dressing
Margarita Pizza $9.95
Freshly baked focaccia bread with basil, tomato and mozzarella cheese.
MY ATTIC - DRESS CODE
As Per the City of Monterey and Alcohol Beverage Control Board:
ENFORCED AFTER 10pm
- NO Baseball Hats
- NO Baggy or Torn Pants
- NO Tennis Shoes or Sneakers
- NO Sports Apparel
- NO Sandals/Flip-Flops
- NO Shorts
We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To Anyone: