Drink It In: Santa Barbara's Best Beach Bars

An adult beverage enjoyed within view of the ocean is the ultimate prescription for relaxation. So if you're suffering from an overdose of urban fatigue, we've got the remedy right here: 10 Santa Barbara beach bars that are practically guaranteed to wash your blues away.

You really can't go wrong at any one of these establishments, but if you need to narrow down your options, we can help you choose by location, drink type and dress code.

Visiting Carpinteria? Pop over to the Padaro Beach Grill for a picnic-like atmosphere, gorgeous scenery and local beers and wines. If you're in Goleta, then Beachside is pretty much your only option, but it's certainly not a bad one. They have a great happy hour and primo location not far from both UCSB and the airport.

Now, if you're looking for a particular kind of tipple, we've got you covered too. For cold, fruity boat drinks (the kind you would enjoy on your yacht if you had one), head to the Endless Summer above the Santa Barbara harbor. On the other hand, if you prefer a glass of white or red wine, Municipal Winemakers in the Funk Zone is the spot for you.

And finally, if you only want to drink by the beach in your beach attire - be it a bikini, trunks or a caftan - get a table in the sand (and a bucket of beers or cold margarita) at the Shoreline and tell 'em we sent you!

Can you beat a seafood restaurant and bar that's right on the beach? Of course not! The Beachside Bar-Cafe is the place to go in Goleta if you want to enjoy an adult beverage while watching the waves. Many of their signature drinks include nice...  Read More

Municipal Winemakers
Photo courtesy of Municipal Winemakers

Municipal Winemakers is the brainchild of Dave Potter, a well-traveled winemaker who has also produced wine for one of the area's largest commercial vineyards. Potter's efforts for Municipal are more intimate, producing small batch wines that...  Read More

Santa Barbara

The Brewhouse is a local brewpub and restaurant located in charming West Beach. A variety of beers are brewed in house; some favorites include apricot wheat, habanero pilsner and baseball saison. They have a full bar and serve a full menu of...  Read More

Santa Barbara

As if the name alone doesn't give it away, you'll know from the second-story location at Stearn's Wharf that this place appreciates surfing. In fact, the motif appears throughout the restaurant and bar. An outdoor patio renders ocean views that...  Read More

Are you thirsty for a boat drink? What is a boat drink? A boat drink is an alcoholic beverage that would taste good on a boat of any size, from cruise ship to sail boat to pirate dinghy. It is usually fruity, often rum based and always cold. For...  Read More

Ty Lounge
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

If you're looking to indulge in a nibble and a cocktail somewhere exceedingly beautiful and a little bit fancy, look no further than the Ty Lounge in the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara. This elegant bar boasts high ceilings and...  Read More

Santa Barbara
Brophy Bros.

The bar at Brophy Bros.' incessantly busy seafood restaurant is two-sided. One side faces the bartenders, looking across the romantic balcony tables and out into the harbor. This is where you ideally want to be, but it may require a wait of an...  Read More

Santa Barbara

The Boathouse is a Santa Barbara seafood restaurant and bar with the best location in town... it's right on the beach. Tucked away in a quiet part of town and facing Hendry's beach, this is a great place to go for a romantic date, family dinner...  Read More

The Shoreline Cafe is one of the very few places in Santa Barbara, perhaps the only in fact, where you can sit at a table and be served breakfast, lunch or dinner with your feet in the sand - right on the beach! Order some fish tacos and a...  Read More

Is there a prettier beachfront restaurant in Santa Barbara county? We don't think so. Overlooking Santa Claus beach, a local favorite, the Padaro Beach Grill boasts a park-like outdoor dining room that's ideal for day dates and impromptu...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva

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