Here in Santa Barbara we may not have any champagne bars and we may not have any piano bars, but what we do have... well, we have wine bars. Excellent bars that pour (local) wine by the glass that you'll be dreaming of long after your stay. Pinots, Sauvignon Blancs, Cabernets, you can try them all if you just know where to go.
Fortunately, here at 10Best we know exactly what an explorer like you wants from a wine bar - local, affordable and choc full of friendly strangers. This list has plenty of venues to suit your uncompromising needs. Do you want to be downtown? Try Wine + Beer for a great selection and fun night out. Feel like sampling local varietals somewhere luxe and a little intimate? Then Les Marchands is your place.
Whether you're overnighting within Santa Barbara city limits or visiting one of our beloved neighbors, this list will help you find the place that's just right for you. Staying in Goleta for business? The Mercury Lounge is where you'll want to "wine" down after a long workday.
Just be sure to make note of your favorite glasses and bottles wherever you go. Many area vineyards have their own tasting rooms or offer their wines for sale at local merchants. Taking home a bottle of your favorite wine is the best souvenir!