Bars & Lounges

Taste the spirits of Santa Barbara at Cutler’s Artisan Spirits in the Funk Zone. Savor a glass of Santa Barbara County wine along The Urban Wine Trail. Knock back a beer while catching the game at Sandbar. Indulge your senses with a pitcher of sangria on the rooftop of The Canary Hotel. Tickle your taste buds with a hand-crafted cocktail at Loquita. Whatever the occasion, you’ll find the perfect watering hole, ambience and entertainment in The American Riviera®.

Many of the Santa Barbara bars line the streets on lower State Street and can easily be found. If you like a musical ambience to compliment your cocktail, you’ll find live music at a number of Santa Barbara bars and tasting rooms most Friday and Saturday nights, as well as special performances in art galleries, museums and venues during 1st Thursday. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, off of State Street, features an eclectic line-up of live music seven nights a week.  Rather be the one belting out the tunes? Karaoke and trivia nights are hosted most every night of the week in various breweries and bars all over town.

Late-night haunts include Wildcat Lounge, EOS and Indochine, a groovy downtown boîte with a Southeast Asian sensibility. Country and Western, blues and bluegrass are on tap at the Cold Spring Tavern, a 100-year-old stagecoach stop turned tavern atop San Marcos Pass. The restaurant features venison, buffalo and other game meats. Sundays are when crowds of weekend warriors park their Harleys to enjoy music and a tritip sandwich.

Stay up to date on what’s new in the Santa Barbara cocktail scene and plan your trip around the annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival held at Elings Park or Fermentation Festival featuring craft cocktails, specialty libation mixers, and local accouterment samples.

Bars & Lounges in Santa Barbara


Bibi Ji

Bibi Ji is not your typical Indian joint. Bibi Ji of downtown Santa Barbara, is the latest of the collection of acclaimed restaruants, Babu Ji of NYC, Horn Please and Babu Ji of Melbourne, Australia and Dhaba of Kyneton, Australia who are all known…


The Red Piano

The Red Piano is Santa Barbara’s premier destination for live music, vibrant socializing, and handcrafted cocktails. Our intimate and energetic venue features nightly performances from talented pianists and bands, creating the perfect…


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,…


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…


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…


Plow & Angel Speakeasy

Inspired by the clandestine bars of the Prohibition era, Plow & Angel Speakeasy revives the spirit of hidden indulgence. This exclusive enclave is where craft cocktails and one-of-a-kind spirits flow, wrapped in an atmosphere of seductive…


Shaker Mill

A contemporary Lower State Street neighborhood cocktail bar inspired by the fusion of the Golden Age of Cuban cocktails and al fresco drinking. We are driven by coastal influences (due to our proximity to the ocean), local produce,…


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