Dance, Drink and Be Merry in Downtown Ventura

Ventura County has never been known to have a great number of dance clubs or late night venues, however in recent years downtown Ventura has made a significant effort to create nightlife attractions that vary from lounges to wine bars.

Some bars take advantage of ocean views and proximity, while others create just the right atmosphere to create for dancing, drinking and socializing. Brew pubs such as Barrelhouse 101 or Dargan's are the perfect locations to grab a beer with friends and catch a sporting event on television, while spots such as The Tavern or Bombay Bar & Grill are places that bring people together with live music, DJs and dance floors.

Its not surprising to see people in shorts, tank tops and flip flops at any of these venues. Even catching a show at The Majestic Ventura Theater will not require dressy attire, although you won't stand out if you do decide to get a little dressed up. In the mood for a laugh? Head to the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club to see acts big and small. You can even take comedy workshop.

Most clubs and bars close by 2 a.m., but that shouldn't be a problem. In Ventura, it's easy to have a fulfilling night of fun!

Dargan's Irish Pub
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Dargan's Irish Pub and Restaurant has a location in Ventura as well as Santa Barbara. While they are the obvious choice for a Saint Patrick's Day celebration, the pub is also a solid choice for pub food and drinks year round. Their full bar...  Read More

Bombay Bar & Grill


Hip and boisterous, this bar and dance club isn't intended for those who might want a relaxing evening. Only if you're ready to break it down and party should you head over. Once there, take in the mix of music (reggae, dance, pop, rock and...  Read More

The Tavern Ventura
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The Tavern is one of Ventura's most popular bars. As a house transformed into lounge, there are separated areas for almost every type of nightlife enthusiast. Downstairs offers big booths, a full bar and often a live band. Walk farther into The...  Read More

The Wine Rack
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The Wine Rack is just off Ventura's main downtown street, offering wines by the glass or bottle and appetizer platters. The staff is friendly and helpful, giving recommendations for those who are new to wine tasting and advanced knowledge for...  Read More

Social Tap
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Social Tap is located just steps from the beach. This restaurant and brew pub brings people together while they drink and enjoy the coastal environment. Live bands often play at the venue, creating a fun hangout for all ages and bringing in...  Read More



Taking on double duty as a well-attended restaurant and busy bar, Winchester's always attracts a crowd. The old western decor takes you back to the days of the saloon, but the food and drink menu is a little more modern. Its Main Street location...  Read More



Nightlife isn't always about going out dancing! Sometimes you just want a good laugh (and a drink won't hurt either). When you're in the mood for a chuckle, head to the water and hit the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club. This famous club brings in...  Read More

Barrelhouse 101
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Barrelhouse is a great bar with oodles of beer, hard liquor and great food. The "101" stands for the number of beers they offer, so its no surprise the restaurant is a popular stop for beer enthusiasts. While they also have a full menu offering...  Read More



And now for something completely different... to be transported in both time and place head directly to VenTiki, Ventura's only tiki bar. Here the drinks are positively tropical, the decorations are certainly magical ,and the service is just...  Read More

Majestic Ventura Theater
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More performance venue than club, this one-time movie house (opened in 1928) boasts elaborate details to complement its mission-style architecture. These days, the restored place is one of the area's most desirable concert halls, showcasing such...  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