We know our Santa Barbara 10Best Attractions and 10Best Restaurants lists have you covered from dawn ‘til dusk, but what is there to do in this small beach town after dark? Just because the sun has gone to bed, doesn’t mean it’s time for you to turn in! From bars and nightclubs to late night eats, Santa Barbara has something to keep you busy every night of the week.
On bustling State Street, right downtown, you can take your pick of watering holes. Choose a place in the heart of the action, like Old Kings Road, so you can watch the evening crowds as they ebb and flow. Or pick somewhere a little quieter, like the Sportsman, where you and your friends can hold court... just as long as you don’t disturb the locals.
If live music and high energy is more your speed, the Velvet Jones is a solid choice.
Nearby Goleta hosts it's share of gems too. For a stiff drink, pop into The Imperial or The Bourbon Room. For something a little more mellow (but truly a hidden gem), visit the Outpost at the Goodland.
Don't forget: when all that sporting, dancing, and drinking wears you out, you can always find a local late night restaurant that will help you refuel before bed.
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