Best Santa Barbara Happy Hours: Bars, Lounges and Restaurants

We wish there were 24 happy hours in a day, but the unfortunate reality for most grown-ups is that there are only two or three. So you better make them count, right? Right.

We can help you with that.

If you're looking for the best happy hours in Santa Barbara, we know exactly where to find them.

Want to wet your whistle with something a little out of the ordinary? Head to the Hungry Cat for half-off cocktails that are mind blowingly delicious. Think top-shelf spirits, unusual mixers and great hous-made garnishes, like candied grapefruit peels. 

Spending a long weekend in Santa Barbara? Not to worry; happy hour isn't just for weekdays. Visit the Brewhouse for a locally brewed pint, only $3.50 from 4-6 p.m. every day.

Or take the train down to Carpinteria. A quick, 10-minute ride will land you just a block away from Sly's, one of the best places in the area for classic cocktails. Sly's happiest hours are also from 4-6 p.m. daily. 

And let's not forget that happy hour can really work up an appetite! If you find yourself craving a full meal and a change of venues after a couple of drinks, check out this list of Santa Barbara's best restaurants. Bon appetite!

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Milk & Honey
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Milk & Honey is a tapas restaurant and cocktail bar in downtown Santa Barbara with a great happy hour Monday - Saturday from 5 - 7 p.m. Drink and food specials range from $5-7. The restaurant itself is charming. Black and white silent movies...  Read More

Eureka! Burger
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Enjoy a daily "hoppy hour" from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Save $2 off all draft beers. In the mood for traditional American fare? Eureka! Burger is a fun burger joint located in Paseo Nuevo mall, right in the heart of downtown Santa...  Read More

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Happy hour happens every day at the Brewhouse from 4 to 6 p.m. Get great pints of locally brewed beer for just $3.50 each. The Brewhouse is a local brewpub and restaurant located in charming West Beach. A variety of beers are brewed in house;...  Read More



Happy hour happens here daily from 4 - 6 p.m. Fresh seafood, prime steaks, vintage cocktails: is your mouth watering yet? Sly's restaurant is a gem of a fine dining find about 12 miles south of Santa Barbara. The French-inspired menu boasts...  Read More

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Looking for a beachfront happy hour? Look no further! Enjoy happy hour at the Boathouse on Hendry's Beach every Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. until close. The Boathouse is a Santa Barbara seafood restaurant and bar with the best location...  Read More

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Paradise Cafe


Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Find $5 well drinks and house wine and get $3 off select appetizers at this Santa Barbara institution. Just one block off bustling State Street, Paradise Cafe has been a local favorite for...  Read More

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Happy hour happens here Monday through Friday from 4 - 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 5 p.m. until close. Enjoy deeply discounted beers and cocktails in a fun, lively atmosphere. Happy hour food specials include outer shooters, popcorn shrimp and...  Read More



Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2 - 6 p.m. 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...  Read More



Happy hour at the Hungry Cat features a changing menu of half-priced specialty cocktails that are far and away some of the most delicious drinks in town. Don't miss it Tuesday through Friday, from 4-6 p.m. If you like fresh seafood, you might...  Read More



Get a great drink in one of Santa Barbara's most historic buildings! Happy hour is from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it's a good one. Go for an Old Fashioned and a Smitty burger. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, Lovejoy's Pickle...  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