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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 Olio Crudo Bar for expertly crafted cocktails and deals on mind-blowingly delicious seafood dishes. Think toro crudo with jalapeno-infused oil and bright segments of grapefruit and fresh ceviche prepared to order.

Spending a long weekend in Santa Barbara? Not to worry; happy hour isn't just for weekdays. Visit the Pickle Room for $2 off specialty drinks and menu items from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every day.

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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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 Barbara. Their menu boasts hearty burgers with a wide variety of toppings. Goat cheese, fig marmalade, fried eggs? Yep, all of these and more dress up Eureka! Burger's signature Angus patties (you can substitute turkey and veggie patties, too). And if that burger and fries leaves you a little parched? There's a full bar that features craft beers and American whiskeys. Eureka! Burger also has flat screen TVs, rotating special taps and ample outdoor seating, making it the perfect place for watching Sunday football or celebrating a birthday.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Half-priced specialty cocktails that are far and away some of the most delicious drinks in town. Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Geneva's expert tip: On Tuesdays, all wine by the glass is 50% off all day.

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The Brewhouse


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; some favorites include apricot wheat, habanero pilsner and baseball saison. They have a full bar and serve a variety of comfort food. An epic brunch bar appears on weekends and features bottomless mimosas. And here's one extra fun fact about the Brewhouse: they also have a gourmet menu for your four-legged friends. That's right, you can bring Fido for a sunny meal on their patio and while you're chowing down on a juicy burger, he can enjoy some tasty marrow bones or steak bites!

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Happy hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m. Great pints of locally brewed beer for just $3.50 each.

Geneva's expert tip: Bring your furry friend. They have a special menu just for dogs!

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Voted Santa Barbara's best happy hour year after year, happy hour happens here Monday through Sunday from 4 - 8 p.m. Enjoy deeply discounted beers and cocktails in a fun, lively atmosphere. Happy hour food specials include oyster shooters, popcorn shrimp and fish tacos. Since 1977, Enterprise has been serving local diners, and their loyalty is evident. Signature mesquite charcoal broiling gives a delicious flavor to fresh fish, and the oyster bar delivers briny delicacies to aficionados. You won't find anything too elaborate at Enterprise, but you will discover value, consistency and great taste. Cold beer, local wines and well-mixed cocktails also win over customers. Free parking in a lot right outside.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Voted Santa Barbara's best happy hour year after year. Excellent prices and atmosphere. Happy hour six nights a week.

Geneva's expert tip: Get the seasonal lobster special! Two pounds of live main lobster, complete with sides, for less than $40.

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Hollister Brewing Company


Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2 - 6 p.m. Get select house pints for just $4, as well as $2 off wines and well cocktails. 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 well with their signature brews. If you enjoy what you drink here, why not take some home? Hollister Brewing Company sells growlers of their house-brewed beers to go. Located in one of the area's larger shopping centers, there's ample free parking right in front.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: For a sudsy happy hour spent watching the game, head to this local brewery in the heart of Goleta.

Geneva's expert tip: Check out their website before you go to see what's new on tap and if any guest beers are being featured!

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Looking for a beachfront happy hour? Look no further! Enjoy a $5 margarita or shot and a beer during happy hour at the Boathouse on Hendry's Beach every Sunday through Thursday from 3 -6 p.m. The Boathouse is a Santa Barbara seafood restaurant and bar with the best location in town. Tucked away in a quiet part of town and facing the surf, this is a great place to go for a romantic date, happy hour or birthday celebration. Enjoy fresh surf and turf on a beautiful patio that's sunny during the day and nicely heated at night. Local seafood is served whenever possible. Brunch, lunch and dinner served daily. Parking is free but does get crowded.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Drink up! Happy hour margaritas are just $5. The eats are solid too!

Geneva's expert tip: Is it time for brunch? Order their Bloody Mary - it has bacon and shrimp perched on the rim!

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A welcome addition to the local happy hour scene, Convivo's 805 Happy Hour happens daily from 3-6 p.m. and has better deals than a lot of places in town. Choose from the selection of cocktail and wines-by-the-glass for $7 or less. You can also get a Margherita pizza for $8 or lamb meatballs for $6. Convivo is located at the Santa Barbara Inn, across the street from East Beach. So in addition to tasty eats and affordable drinks, there's fresh ocean air and beautiful views. Very romantic, incredible menu, sunny patio, lots of free parking... are you on your way yet?

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Convivo's happy hour is actually three hours long! Enjoy $7 cocktails and wine paired with fresh, Italian-inspired bites.

Geneva's expert tip: Take your $7 happy hour drink to the limit by sitting on their beach-facing patio at sunset.

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Here's a fun happy hour you might not have tried yet. Visit Mosto Crudo for wine and snacks at great prices during happy hour, which happens Tuesday through Sunday from 4 - 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a range of wines under $10, beers for just $5 and a great selection of tapas for $7. Think anchovies, brie, ceviche, beet tartare and more. Mosto Crudo is located right downtown. It's a convenient place to visit before or after a trip to the Tuesday night farmers market on State Street.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Mosto Crudo is a fun wine and tapas place to enjoy happy hour downtown.

Geneva's expert tip: Happy hour is all night on Monday if you're in the hospitality industry.

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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 over 30 years. Whether you're on vacation or just pretending you're on vacation, it's the place to grab a nice, relaxing drink. And if you start to feel hungry, their food is tasty too. The menu here is typically Californian - fresh salads, local seafood, burgers... oh, the burgers! The Paradise's oak wood grill gives their patties a flavor that is hard to beat.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 - 7 p.m. $5 well drinks and house wine. $3 off select appetizers.

Geneva's expert tip: If you're even kind of hungry, add a burger to your happy hour intake. Paradise has one of the best in town!

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A romantic Italian dream, Olio Crudo Bar does happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 5-7 p.m. The food specials are incredible and many are half-price! Olio Crudo Bar specializes in elegant cocktails and seafood dishes, served raw or minimally cooked and dressed with quality olive oil, sea salt and lemon. Think of it as the Italian version of sashimi. The bar is located on a bustling side street, just doors away from its sister restaurants. The atmosphere is chic and intimate, no small groups or large families to interrupt your meal. Olio Crudo adheres to a strict first come, first served policy. Reservations are not possible.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: The drinks are great, and the food is amazing (many of the specials are half off during happy hour)!

Geneva's expert tip: Three's a crowd in this jewel-box of a restaurant. Your best bet is to keep your party small to match the seating options.

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Get a great drink in one of Santa Barbara's most historic buildings! At the Pickle Room, happy hour is from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. all week long, and it's a good one. Save $2 off all specialty cocktails and food during happy hour. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, Lovejoy's Pickle Room occupies the remaining building of Santa Barbara's Chinatown. Locals who have been here for a while will also remember this as the site of Jimmy's Oriental Gardens. They revamped the interior and kept a lot of the classics, including the Mai Tais. Stop in for a stiff drink and some tasty deli/Asian fusion food. (Yes, you read that right. Rueben egg rolls!)

Recommended for Happy Hour because: This happy hour has it all, all week long: good prices, good drinks and a good atmosphere!

Geneva's expert tip: Go for a Manhattan with Abbott's bitters and pair it with a Smitty burger.

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