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Santa Barbara is between LA and San Francisco along some of the most beautiful coastline driving in all of the state. Artists traveling to and from these cities frequently stop to play here, which makes for plenty of brilliant shows. With so much good music coming through, we’ve got the hottest places for you to go and listen.

SoHo Restaurant and Music Club

SoHo is an intimate club with the aesthetic of a New York loft and everything from food and fabulous drinks to superb musicians, comedy acts and performances by local artists. With a soulful night vibe generated by colorful dim lights illuminating the interior, this is the ideal venue for festive jams. World class acts like David Crosby and Kenny Logins have performed here, and the regular calendar keeps a blend of jazz, salsa and EDM acts rolling through.


Looking for more of the LA weekend vibes? EOS is one of Santa Barbara’s biggest nightclubs with festive crowds filling it up every night of the week. Those who like a little variety in their venues will appreciate the outdoor patio with fire pits and trees to break up the dancing. Renowned DJs like Matoma, Claude Vonstroke and Autograf frequent the neon-lit club, which also features Salsa Wednesdays and College Nights on Thursday. Check out who is playing tonight and grab tickets!

Velvet Jones

Located on lower State Street, Velvet Jones has the looks of a dive bar with the energy of a big city club. With its smaller size, the space has a personal feel during shows that is emphasized by its views of the stage from the dance floor, upper balcony and the bar.

One of the favorite highlights of Velvet Jones is the afterhours Mac n Cheese joint called After Dark located right outside. Open Thursday through Saturday, 9pm to 3am, this more than satisfying munchie option makes this location a prime spot for an evening of fun.

Santa Barbara Bowl

The famous amphitheater will forever be a highlight of the city. Nestled on the side of a hill, The Santa Barbara Bowl not only has the best views of any venue, but also hosts the most well known musicians of anywhere in town with guests like Florence + The Machine, The Alabama Shakes and Steely Dan.This historic amphitheater is all outdoors and a summer night show here is one of the many highlights of Santa Barbara.