The Funk Zone

Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone has become a favorite in recent years. Over the past few decades, this district, which spans the area between the ocean and Highway 101 and is adjacent to the Amtrak station, has enjoyed an upswell of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops that cater to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side.

Converted warehouses and buildings decorated with graffiti murals and contemporary art pieces set the tone for this hopping section of town. Surfboard shapers, winemakers and up-and-coming chefs all practice their crafts here. Visit art galleries; shop vintage and modern home goods at The Blue Door; taste wine alfresco at Pali Wine Co. and enjoy a five-star dinner at The Lark.

Walk the largest part of the Urban Wine Trail — a self-guided trail of 20+ tasting rooms representing Santa Barbara County wines — and easily discover why Santa Barbara’s wine country is easily world-class. Tantalize your taste buds with an Eat This, Shoot That! food and photo tour through the neighborhood for bites of artisanal eats at Lucky Penny, glasses of craft brews from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., tastes of Riverbench wines, and sips from Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, the city’s first distillery since Prohibition.

Whether you’re new to Santa Barbara or returning for the hundredth time, this ever-evolving artistic neighborhood is one spot to visit again and again.

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Cutler’s Artisan Spirits

Cutler's Artisan Spirits is a small scale Craft Distillery dedicated to producing top quality spirits, using fresh local ingredients. Every spirit produced at Cutler's Artisan is made with a passion for the craft of distilling spirits. The…



Helena Avenue Bakery

Helena Avenue Bakery is a homestyle artisan bakery and kitchen that brings together wholesome, homemade specialities using the highest quality ingredients found along the Central Coast.  We offer rustic, organic breads, handmade seasonal…


J Wilkes Tasting Room

Located at the Hotel Californian, just steps from Santa Barbara’s bustling Funk Zone neighborhood, find the newly-opened J. Wilkes Wine tasting room. Visitors can enjoy a welcoming place to sip the label’s acclaimed wines, with a fresh,…


Jules by the Sea

Come experience what Santa Barbara's Funk Zone truly has to offer, unique and locally made jewelry and gifts.  Jules by the Sea is owned, crafted and operated by local Jules Kramer.  Enjoy jewelry and gifts that look and…



Lama Dog Tap Room + Bottle Shop

THE LAMA STORY The idea for Lama Dog Taproom + Bottle Shop developed while the owner, an assistant winemaker at Carr Winery at the time, developed a love for craft beer during a grape harvest many years ago. Although the Lama Dog team loves wine,…


Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny, located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, features innovative artisanal pizzas from a wood-burning oven, with locally sourced garden fresh salads, delicious hot & cold sandwiches, handmade sweet treats, beer, wine…


Loquita Santa Barbara

Loquita serves authentic Spanish food including hot and cold tapas, wood-fire grilled seafood and meats, and seasonal paella. The Mediterranean climate and terroir of Santa Barbara County mirror that of Spain, making the translation of locally…


LOVEWORN

Located in the heart of the Santa Barbara Funk Zone just steps away from the ocean, LOVEWORN is a unique Santa Barbara artisan clothing brand with a flagship boutique and art gallery. Our creative expertise features vintage denim levis,…




Pali Wine Co. Wine Garden

Our Santa Barbara wine tasting room is located within the “Funk Zone” section of downtown Santa Barbara, just two blocks from the beach and two blocks off of State Street. Come by to check out our beautiful collection of Santa Barbara…


Pearl Social

Disclaimer: Pearl Social is temporarily closed. Please check back for updates as they become available. Pearl Social is a romantic, intimate cocktail bar, and social destination featuring curated playlists, DJs, and live music. Pearl Social is the…


Santa Barbara Wine Collective

The Santa Barbara Wine Collective is a group of like-minded producers focusing on the unique terroir of Santa Barbara County. We feature local premium wines from well known producers Babcock, Ca' Del Grevino, Fess Parker, Notary Public and The…



The Lark

A shared dining experience featuring artisanal and seasonal ingredients celebrating the abundant bounty of the Central Coast.  OUR STORY The Lark, named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa…


The Valley Project

We love wine, and we believe that Santa Barbara is one of the best places on Earth to grow and make it. This project is our love letter to Santa Barbara's wine country. Born out of a desire to showcase the County's incredibly diverse Viticultural…



Fess Parker Funk Zone

Located on the corner of Yanonali Street and Grey Avenue in Santa Barbara, you’ll find Fess Parker Winery's newest tasting room. An extension of their existing footprint in Los Olivos, the Fess Parker Family is thrilled to expand their 32+…





Validation Ale

Validation Ale was opened July 2022 in the heart of the Funk Zone by two longtime Santa Barbara technology veterans, who also enlisted partners to run the gastropub menu. Validation has a unique concept, pitting two beers of similar…


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