Santa Barbara is a city of culture and beauty, and you’ll find that atmosphere permeating every aspect of your visit, from the people to the architecture to the scrumptious, handcrafted cocktails you encounter. Head to our favorite establishments and taste all the best cocktails Santa Barbara has to offer.

The Good Lion

This contemporary cocktail bar is a fine way to spend an evening in the lovely city of Santa Barbara. Among the current hits here is the fiery Cobra Kai-Ball, made with Japanese whiskey, blended scotch, apple, bitters, lemon, absinthe, and soda. For a simple classic that still packs a punch, try the Montenegro Daiquiri, made with Amaro Montenegro, navy-strength Jamaican rum, and lime. This is the first cocktail bar on the Central Coast to be a certified Green Business, and prides itself on sustainable business practices, which makes it a great moral choice too.

Test Pilot

This fine establishment self-describes as a “tropically inspired neighborhood craft cocktail bar.” It manages to be both small and cozy, and upscale and classy, all at once. Experience a plethora of exotic cocktails on Test Pilot’s extensive menu, starting with the titular Test Pilot cocktail, made with a house rum blend, clove, citrus, bitters, and absinthe foam. Another great option here is the Brass Monkey—or, if you really want to spice things up, try the Zombie, made with zombie rums, cinnamon, grapefruit, anise, lime, and clove. They make some positively mouthwatering slushies here too, including a seasonal slushy to keep things interesting.

Milk & Honey

If you want a cozy atmosphere, delicious food, and thirst-quenching cocktails all at the same place, head down to Milk & Honey. Their extensive food menu holds such mouthwatering treasures as Gambas Alcazar (tiger prawns, garlic cilantro rice, lemon juice, and herb butter and Lamb Carnitas Tacos, made with sustainably sourced lamb shoulder and habañero cream. The mojitos here are the best and are made with 100% real cane sugar, while the margaritas are made with platinum 100% agave tequila. This is top-shelf stuff, and it’s what you deserve on your Santa Barbara vacation.

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