10 Best Places to Dance the Night Away in Ventura County

Ventura County has never been known to have a great number of dance clubs or late night venues. However in recent years downtown Ventura has seen a significant increase in nightlife attractions that vary from lounges and dives to wine bars and music venues. Some bars boast stunning ocean views while others create just the right venue for an atmosphere of dancing, drinking and socializing.

Brew pubs such as Barrelhouse 101 or Dargan's are the perfect locations to grab a beer with friends and catch a sporting event on television, while spots such as The Tavern, Bombay Bar & Grill or the It's All Good Bar bring people together with live music, DJs and dance floors.

Owing to Ventura's casual downtown scene, its not surprising to see people in shorts, tank tops or flip flops at any of these venues. Comfort is the name of the game when you go out for night of fun in a beach town like Ventura. Even catching a show at The Majestic Ventura Theater will not require dressy attire, although you won't stand out (in a bad way) if you do decide to get gussied up.

Most clubs and bars close by 2 a.m., but since many are so close together, it's easy to see the sights and have a fulfilling night of fun. 

Dargan's Irish Pub
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Dargan's Irish Pub and Restaurant has a location in Ventura as well as Santa Barbara. While they are the obvious choice for a Saint Patrick's Day celebration, the pub is also a popular choice for pub food and drinks. Their full bar offers quick...  Read More

The Wine Rack
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The Wine Rack is just off Ventura's main downtown street, offering wine selections and appetizer platters. The staff is friendly and helpful, giving recommendations to those who are new to wine tasting and sharing advanced knowledge with those...  Read More

Majestic Ventura Theater
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More performance venue than club, this one-time movie house opened in 1928 and boasts elaborate details to complement its mission-style architecture. These days, the restored place is one of the area's most desirable concert halls, showcasing...  Read More

Barrelhouse 101
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Barrelhouse 101 is a drinking venue near downtown Ventura that's obviously here to stay. With 101 standing for the number of beers they offer, its no surprise the restaurant is a popular stop for beer enthusiasts. While they also have a full...  Read More

Social Tap
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Social Tap is located just steps from the beach in Ventura. Social Tap is a restaurant and brew pup built to bring people together while they drink and enjoy the coastal environment. Live bands often play at the venue, creating a fun hangout for...  Read More

The Tavern Ventura
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The Tavern is Ventura's most popular dance club and bar. As a house transformed into lounge, there are separated areas for every type of nightlife. Downstairs offers big booths, a full bar and often a live band. Walk farther into The Tavern and...  Read More

And now for something completely different... to be transported in both time and place head directly to VenTiki, Ventura's only tiki bar. Here the drinks are positively tropical, the decorations are certainly magical ,and the service is just...  Read More


If you're looking for a fun bar and lounge in Ventura with a lot of local color, look no further than Paddy's. This LGBT-friendly place to get a drink has a fun atmosphere and the nicest bartenders around. It's an easygoing establishment with an...  Read More

Bombay Bar & Grill

Hip and boisterous, this bar and dance club isn't intended for those who might want a relaxing evening. Only head over if you're ready to break it down and party. Once there, take in the mix of music (reggae, dance, pop, rock and jazz) and wedge...  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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