On any given evening, you can find people out and about in Santa Barbara, enjoying the city’s vibrant nightlife. On New Year’s all of those venues and bars take it up a notch. Here are a few examples of how and where to do ring in 2016 in Santa Barbara.
The Bacara is a luxury resort known for blissful spa days and phenomenal brunches. Every year it hosts elaborate parties with exciting themes, but this round promises to be the biggest and funkiest NYE to date. Come hustle, boogie and bump the night away with wonderful food, a cash bar, party favors, good music provided by a live DJ and of course, champagne toasts. Disco attire encouraged!
Whether you’re a Broadway junky or not, this event is always one of the best new year’s parties in Santa Barbara. The acclaimed Santa Barbara Symphony will be led by Pops Conductor Nir Kabaretti who offers the perfect mix of your favorite tunes from Broadway, movies, and classic symphonies.This year’s program will feature pieces from Phantom of the Opera, Star Wars and Back to The Future.
SoHo is one of the best State Street music locations in Santa Barbara. With a 160 person max capacity, it’s a cozy and exclusive scene where Vaud and the Villains—a hipster-folk band— will showcase a fusion of New Orleans jazz and American rock n’ roll. Vaud and the Villans LA shows have been raved about this year, so don’t miss out on this unique and jazzy way to welcome 2016. Tickets include a four-course Cajun dinner and champagne toast at midnight.
If you are looking for a simple way to celebrate NYE in Santa Barbara, then check out The Lark’s delicious 5-course dinner, holiday event. With choices ranging from urchin to oysters to silky custard dishes, and of course complimentary champagne, this delightful dinner will be a more than satisfactory way for you and your friends or family to kiss 2015 goodbye and say hello to 2016.
Looking for way to have a romantic celebration but want the kids to enjoy the New Year’s festivities too? The Santa Barbara Zoo is offering a kid friendly night at the zoo from 5:30-10pm. Pizza, zoo-themed games and other fun activities are included for only $30 per kid and $20 per additional siblings. It is the perfect family NYE celebration that will be fun for everyone!