Bottoms Up: Goleta Bars to Quench Your Thirst

If you're visiting Goleta, there's a good chance that you are on a business trip or spending time with relatives. Either way, you'll probably want a drink! Instead of traveling all the way to downtown Santa Barbara in search of adult libations, save on cab far by staying local. Goleta has plenty of welcoming watering holes... you just have to know where to look.

For elegant cocktails in a swanky, Mad Men-esque atmosphere, head to the Imperial. This almost completely hidden gem of a cocktail bar is like something from another era. Settle into a velvet couch and sip on a sazerac in the company of fellow libation enthusiasts. 

If you're looking for something a little more casual - and possibly a little sudsier - head out to M. Special Brewing Company for delicious locally brewed beers, food trucks and love music. Or if dive bars are your thing, you won't want to miss the Break Time. It's a great place to place pool and shoot the you-know-what with their beloved bartenders.

Whichever destination you choose, you won't be disappointed if you stick to the Goleta bars on this list! 



This country-style, family-friendly restaurant located in Goleta includes a full bar. Enjoy a liquid lunch while watching a sports game on one of the TVs or take a meeting, Mad Men-style. Their house-made pepper infused vodka is a hit and the...  Read More



Hollister Brewing Company is a great brewpub located in the heart of Goleta, near the airport, Isla Vista and Old Town. They serve American classics here like burgers and fries, with a few surprises mixed in. And, of course, everything pairs...  Read More



Roundin' Third is a Goleta sports bar that provides a warm welcome for locals and travelers alike. Located in a neighborhood shopping center, this bar has a nice selection of beer and liquor and friendly bartenders. Multiple flat screen TVs, a...  Read More



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



Where do you go late night if some members of your party want to enjoy an adult beverage while others do not? And where should you take a large group after dark? And what if you all need to blow off a little steam? The answer, friends, is...  Read More

Mercury Lounge
Photo courtesy of Mercury Lounge


Sometimes you want to get away from it all... all the downtown noise, crowds and traffic. For times like these, head to Goleta and pay a visit to the Mercury Lounge. A hidden gem in an unassuming strip mall, the Mercury is something of a haven,...  Read More



A dive bar of the highest order. If you're in Goleta and looking for a place to enjoy a relaxing bar (or cocktail), play a round of darts and maybe catch the game on TV, head to the Break Time. There are also pool and pinball tables, as well as...  Read More

M. Special Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Aron Ives


Looking for a local cold brew? Head out to Goleta to try some of the area's best at M. Special Brewing Company. This brewery and bar serves up fresh drafts of their own beer crafted on site. Offering up lager, Saison, IPA and more... the menu...  Read More



This is definitely the coolest hotel bar in the Santa Barbara area. Just off the lobby of the Goodland Hotel, the Goodbar serves creative cocktails in a beautifully designed space. Sit at the bar and watch the bartender concoct your drink, tick...  Read More



Looking for somewhere to whet your whistle in Goleta? Fire up your GPS and map your way to The Imperial - a swanky bar tucked away in a nondescript parking lot. Step through the rather ordinary front door to be transported to another time, a...  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