Santa Barbara must be a notoriously thirsty town because it seems like there’s a place to get a drink around every corner. Beer, wine, fancy cocktails, even not-so-fancy cocktails, we like it all. So where should you spend your drinking dollars? Choose a place (or two) on this list for a guaranteed good time.
For a low-key brew, pop into any one of Santa Barbara’s cozy pubs or dive bars. The Press Room and Figueroa Mountain Brewing both have great beers on tap and a friendly, not fussy, atmosphere. Or try Elsie’s, an intimate beer and wine bar that draws an artsy crowd.
If all these palm trees and red tile roofs put you in the mood for something a little more chic, sidle up to the bar at the Bourbon Room for a fresh take on classic cocktails featuring seasonal, local ingredients. Or find a seat at Milk & Honey. It’s dark and romantic with one of the longest drink lists in town, perfect for impressing a date.
We know you’re ready to quench your thirst but, before you jet out on the town, here’s a little-known fact you can use to start some small talk: one of the reasons that Santa Barbara has so many bars – and so few dance clubs – is that dancing is allowed by permit only. So be careful what you play on the jukebox; we don’t want your dancing feet to get you in trouble with Johnny law!