Group of friends sitting hanging out with drinks on the rooftop

It’s safe to say that this beachside city has plenty of places to knock one back. The variety and quantity of bars makes it tough to pick a favorite, so we put together a list of Santa Barbara’s best places to drink.

Area 5.1 Winery

Stop by Area 5.1 in the Funk Zone for a funky, space-themed wine tasting. This winery has been praised by LA Magazine as a must visit hot-spot when in Southern California, and draws local crowds nightly. Try the 5 tastings for $10 for an exceptional deal.

Baja Sharkeez

This beach-style bar is reminiscent of a dive you’d find in Mexico (in the best kind of way). Come here for Happy Hour (Monday-Friday 3-7pm) for deal that’s buy-one drink and get another for just 25 cents!

The Bourbon Room

This bar specializes in… you guessed it, whiskey! Located in Goleta, this speakeasy-style tasting room is the place to go for top-of-the-line drinks without Downtown crowds. Try one of the many unique whiskey cocktails like Rosemary’s Baby—a delectable combination of bourbon, rosemary, maple and lemon juice.

Captain Fatty’s

This kid-friendly microbrewery has something for everyone, so bring your whole family. With a play area for younger non-drinkers, the adults are free to try a range of hand-crafted brews, like Fatty’s Vortex IPA or the Toasted Cinnamon Carrot Porte (imagine carrot cake but in beer form).

Casa Blanca

Casa Blanca is the place to head to for endless, ice-cold margaritas and savory tacos. The outdoor patio is the place to casually sip your hand-shaken tequila drink while soaking in the Santa Barbara sun. Margaritas come one at a time, in flights of three, and in the form of $65 margarita towers that hold 10-12 drinks per order!


With a huge (and we mean huge) selection of whiskies and scotches to choose from, Dargan’s options seem pretty endless. Try one of the featured pints, like the classic Black and Tan, which is an ale topped off with Guinness, cider and a lager.

Elsie’s Tavern

Elsie’s Tavern has a wide selection of wines and beers on tap to enjoy while you fight to win a Pacman game at one of the old-style tables surrounding the bar. Try a college-flavored Cup-o-Noodles with your drink—one of the many odd bar snacks offered here that makes it all the more quirky and fun.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

The Funk Zone’s most hoppin’ brewery offers a wide range of Santa Barbara inspired beers. Check out this Hotel Milo blog post on the best Figueroa Mountain beers to try!

Finch and Fork

Finch and Fork is a hip is a New-American restaurant that locals cannot stop raving about. Head over here for a brunch you won’t forget and order a Maria En Fuego, which is a tequila version of the Bloody Mary with grilled pineapple, olives and celery thrown on top.

Good Lion

Good Lion is located in Goleta and offers an interesting combination of cocktails that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else.  The menu changes frequently, but features options the like Sangre Y Arena—scotch, Jamaican rum, blood orange shrub, cherry and Italian vermouth.