The key to a great night out on the town is quality drinks. Bars in Santa Barbara are many, offering different atmosphere, foods, and of course, cocktails. This list will inform you of the best Santa Barbara bars, so that you only have to bar hop between the very best.
The Neighborhood Bar & Grill
The Neighborhood Bar & Grill is a place of food, drinks, and fun. If you come here, expect to hang around for a bit; it’s a great place to start the night. You could call this a sports bar, with its many tvs, open patio, and assortment of games, and you would be right! But it’s so much more. It’s the lively corner bar on the corner of Bath and Montecito voted best bar 5 years in a row!
On every good list of bars, a Mexican cantina is essential. Sandbar is one of those hole-in-the-wall bars with great happy hours and tasty tacos; the seafood burrito is especially recommended. There are fire pits outside to keep you warm as your nurse Coronas and margaritas. Just a couple blocks from the beach, after the 101, it’s easy to find.
The James Joyce
Next in line, right across the street, is The James Joyce, a karaoke bar. Named after the Irish writer who opened it, this is the staple Irish stop for some great live music. Catch some local acts rocking out or get involved in their karaoke night; this is a great group spot. Peanuts are complementary and throughout the bar â€“ be warned if you have an allergy. Check it out on State St, east of Cota.
Milk & Honey
The suggested martini bar to wrap up the night is Milk & Honey. Come in here for a full bar and cocktails. This offers a more intimate, low light environment â€“ at least until it fills up for the night. The desserts here accompany their assortment of handmade cocktails especially well. Tell the wait staff your flavor preference and they’ll suggest you a pairing. You’ll find it on Chapala and W Anapamu.
Here’s a bonus, Indochine, offering a unique ambience not yet listed, with its oriental theme. Come here to get your fill of zen and drink as you walk amongst the Buddhas, the rich red oriental coloring, and candles. Just east of James Joyce and Sandbar, it’s a perfect stop at any time during the night.
Turn Up for What?
Turn up to a great time with bars in Santa Barbara. You’ll leave with memories of laughter, delicious cocktails, and interesting people!