Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Santa Barbara

Good Lion

Grab a cocktail at the beautiful, blue-tiled bar, then grab a book from the shelves and settle into a leather banquette in this petite place that has a cool Montmartre-turn-of-the-20th-century feel (candles on the t…
Top Choice Bar in Santa Barbara

Municipal Winemakers

Dave, the owner of Municipal Winemakers, studied the vine arts in Australia and France before applying his knowledge in this industrially decorated tasting room and bar. Pale Pink rosé is a staple and hugely popular…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Ventura

Topa Topa Brewing Company

Between the freeway and downtown Ventura is not exactly the most salubrious location, but the beer here makes up for the surroundings. Chief Peak IPA takes the medal but all the quality brewed-on-site options are wo…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Santa Barbara

Brass Bear

Large glasses of wine and beer and a great grilled cheese make this cozy place, located up an alley off Anacapa (follow the murals), a worthy detour. Friendly staff add to the convivial atmosphere. Just be careful n…
Top Choice Bar in Santa Barbara

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co

Father and son brewers have brought their gold-medal-winning hoppy IPA, Danish red lager and double IPA from Santa Barbara's Wine Country to the Funk Zone. Knowledgeable staff will help you choose before you clink g…
Wine Bar in Buellton

Bottlest Winery, Bar & Bistro

Small plates ($13–24) and dozens of wines come together in this 'winery restaurant,' formerly called Terravant. Step up to the Wine Wall to take your pick from 52 options and then add some crab cakes, pork belly or …
Beer Garden in Solvang

Copenhagen Sausage Garden

Another sign of Solvang's attempts to stay up late, CSG keeps the beers (and wine) flowing well into the evening on its outdoor patio. Sausages from around the world (little flags on the menu help you choose the cou…
Brewery in Santa Barbara

Waterline

Extending the Funk Zone a little further east is no bad thing, and Waterline's combination of two taprooms (Topa Topa and Lama Dog), a restaurant (the Nook) serving elevated bar food, a wine-tasting room (Fox Wine) …
Distillery in Santa Barbara

Cutler's Artisan Spirits

Family-run craft distillers producing whiskey, vodka, gin and apple pie (liqueur) since before (and during) Prohibition. The spirits are hard to find in stores so this is your chance to taste and then purchase up to…
Bar in Santa Barbara

Corks n' Crowns

Sit on the sunny porch or inside the rustic-feel hut by the fire and try out the wines and beers from Santa Barbara in general and a few international destinations too. Tastings come in a flight of three for wine an…