Cheerful girls living it up on the dance floor

Downtown Santa Barbara is packed with a huge variety of restaurants, bars and clubs, all designed for a good time. For a night out spent dancing and listening to upbeat music, head to lower State Street and step into one of these 5 spots:

Wildcat Lounge  

The Wildcat Lounge is a local favorite for drinks and dancing any night of the week. With a great happy hour and outdoor patio, its fun, inviting atmosphere that encourages meeting new people and hitting the dancefloor. Head here on Sundays for the popular “Gay Night” or check out “Farm to Bar” on Tuesday nights, where bartenders shop the Downtown Farmer’s Market for local ingredients to make specialty drinks.

Wildcat Lounge. 15 W Ortega Street. 805 962 7970.

EOS Lounge  

For the ultimate nightclub feel, plan an evening at EOS and prepare yourself for a party. With three separate bars, two dance floors and an expansive outdoor patio with private cabanas, it is the hottest place for DJ’s and celebrations. Be sure to check out the website for weekly events and tickets to special parties, happening all the time.

EOS Lounge. 500 Anacapa Street. 805 564 2410.

The James Joyce  

The James Joyce is the most popular Irish Bar on State Street. While it has a pub-style, relaxed vibe, live music five nights a week makes this spot a great place to dance as well. For New Orleans-style jazz, head here on Saturday nights from 7:30pm to 10:30pm and try one of the many specialty beers on tap.

The James Joyce. 513 State Street. 805 962 2688.


This is the place to go if you’re looking to combine dinner, drinks and dancing in one spot. Located on lower State Street, Sandbar is an authentic Mexican restaurant and Tequila bar that transforms into a club for late night partiers. Grab a spot at one of the tables around a fire pit and get cozy with the best club ambience around.

Sandbar. 514 State Street. 805 966 1388.


Indochine is an intimate but energetic club designed solely for dancing. You won’t find anyone here standing still, so if you’re in the mood to get down on the dance floor, don’t let the line on Friday and Saturday nights discourage you from having a great time. Although it is small, Indo draws one of the liveliest crowds in town.

Indochine. 434 State Street. 805 965 3800.