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Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone is home to many of the unique and distinctive attractions that make the city special. A rich artistic culture, a dynamic dining scene, and unique experiences combine to make the neighborhood special. Here’s our guide on where to eat in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, plus a quick tip on its Art Walk.

WINE TASTING PALI WINE CO

The Pali Wine Company has a gorgeous tasting room in the Funk Zone, just a short walk walk away from the ocean. The delicious wine, sourced from Lompoc California — just north of Santa Barbara — can be sampled in the Funk Zone during the store’s Tuesday tastings. This specific room offers two different tasting flights representing each of Pali’s labels. 

The Funk Zone is one of the best neighborhoods in Santa Barbara for sampling the splendid variety of wines native to California. Some other tasting rooms worth exploring, after The Pali Wine Co, include the extra terrestrial-themed Area 5.1 Winery, The Valley Project, and Jamie Slone Wines. A sampling tour makes for a fun day or night, and gives you ample opportunity to find a bottle to take home.

Pali Wine Company. 116 Yanonali St. Santa Barbara, CA

EATING AT THE LARK

Located in the old Santa Barbara Fish Market Building, The Lark brings delicious local food, served with artisanal flair to the Funk Zone. Some beloved menu items include the herb-roasted diver scallops and deviled eggs with crispy pancetta. Add in an amazing drink list filled with local wine and craft beer, along with a breezy, friendly atmosphere and the Lark is hands-down a Funk Zone favorite.

The Lark isn’t the only restaurant in the Funk Zone serving up delicious fare for visitors to indulge in. Lucky Penny shares a patio with The Lark, and it is a unique pizzeria and coffeehouse, which has a nice patio and quality selection of wood-oven pies. We are also partial to Loquita Santa Barbara, which is a tapas restaurant with excellent cocktails, and another lovely patio. 

The Lark. 131 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA

EAT THIS SHOOT THAT

Eat This Shoot That hosts guided tours of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone featuring food, wine and spirits tastings throughout the neighborhood’s many renowned establishments. The tour guides are professional photographers who add an educational aspect to the experience, teaching guests how to capture the neighborhood’s unique beauty. Bring your camera, phone, and hungry belly on this wonderful exploration of Santa Barbara’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

This Funk Zone Tour, in particular, lasts for three to three-and-a-half hours, and costs $99 for drinking adults, and $89 for non-drinking adults and children. We’d also recommend Santa Barbara Tasting Tours’ Funk Zone Food Walking Tour, which includes history lessons, as well as chocolate, beer, wine, and food tastings. 

Eat This, Shoot That. 200 Stearns Wharf. Santa Barbara, CA

THE FUNK ZONE ART WALK

The Funk Zone Art Walk has been a regular celebration of the neighborhood’s rich and diverse artistic community since 2013. The event takes place every third Friday of odd-numbered months of the year. Each art walk features open viewing for over 20 artist studios, galleries, and venues. Doors to all participating locations are open to guests from 5-8pm. 

At a given Funk Zone Art Walk, you’re likely to see special events like exhibition openings, artist receptions, live music performances, pop-up booths, lectures and more. Some participants of The Funk Zone Art Walk include The Arts Fund Community Gallery, MichaelKate Interiors and Art Gallery, Studio One Eleven, and Karen Lehrer Studio. 

The Funk Zone Art Walk. Santa Barbara, CA

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