Santa Barbara nightclubs & bars are a mixed bag;  mostly clustered downtown on State Street, and on the side streets one block East or West. So when it's time to groove, lounge, watch or just get sloshed - take your pick ... there's something for pretty much everyone ... and in no particular order they are:



 Voted " Best neighborhood bar" 2 years running!

The Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 235 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara. Voted "best neighborhood bar 2 years running!" The Hood has ping pong, pool, beer pong, Big Buck Hunter, Corn Hole. Also an internet juke box. Happy hour from 4-9 everyday. And good food! 


Eos Lounge

500 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA

Nestled downtown, Just steps away from State Street awaits an oasis of casual elegance that is Eos Lounge. A contemporary cocktail lounge and nightclub with a consciously unpretentious atmosphere. Seamlessly blending the feel of a balmy Mediterranean beach club with Santa Barbara's own special mix of culture and style.



514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Sandbar is one of Santa Barbara's hottest nightclubs offering a truely unique experience. It is comprised of an outdoor patio with a firepit, an indoor bar section with an indoor dance floor, as well as an another dancefloor designed to feel like its outdoor. There are lights and plasma flat screens, 2 dj and 2 dancefloors! By day it is a full service restaurant, by night a hot nightclub with food served unitl midnight. Every Monday is Hot Mess Mondays with $1 drink specials! Tuesdays are 90's night with DJ Sparx with $2 drink specials. Wenesdays are reggae night with local bands playing every week! College nights on Thursday offer 3 drinks for $6 and a variety of bottle service options. DJs & Dancing every Friday & Saturday. Saturday & Sunday mornings breakfast is served until noon with $3 drinks with breakfast. Sunday nights are Service Industry Night hosted by Matt Jory. Special events such as multiple theme parties, premium UFC showings, dinner, happy hour and bottle service reservations. Call Jenni at 805.252.5409 for reservations and promotional inquiries!

434 State, Santa Barbara.
A small lounge club with Asian decor, and a back patio that has most of the seating. Fri & Sat late night is when it’s happening. Bottle service available. Once inside, the man to know is Travis.

The two main live music clubs are: SOhO , 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, a full service restaurant and venue at the top end of the dowtown map, with music 7 nights.  
And Velvet Jones , 423 State St, Santa Barbara, at the bottom end of downtown, catering to a harder sound with a loungier club atmosphere; also has DJs.

Tonic Nightclub, 634 State St. Santa Barbara. DJs playing mainly standard hip-hop and Top 40. Big, light and airy, with a really great back patio ad one of the better sound systems. The better end of the college crowd plus the better dressed young revellers. The new Sunday Session is a hot destination.  

Sandbar, 514 State St. Santa Barbara. DJs playing mainly standard hip-hop and stuff you’ll hear elsewhere. Reggae on Tuesdays, college crowd. State St patio open during the day, big inner patio at night.

Rocks Restaurant & Bar , 801 State St. Santa Barbara. 3 bars, State St people watching patio, upscale dining that often leaves something to be desired, and a nightclub with inconsistent live music and DJs. Be patient if you're thirsty!

Green Room, 435 State St. Santa Barbara. More of a small bar with very loud DJs than a club. No patio for the smokers. Nice lights over the bar!

Sharkeez , 416 State St. Santa Barbara. Intentional visual & sensory overload, Cheap grub, tons of screens, young crowd, evening nightclub [chain]

Madison's, 536 State. Santa Barbara. State St patio. DJs playing mainly standard hip-hop and stuff you’ll hear elsewhere, lots of food & drink specials, college-ish night crowd. [chain]

Study Hall 519 State. Santa Barbara. Loud, college, scruffy. No patio.

O’Malleys, 523 State. Santa Barbara. Sporty, DJs on the weekend, upstairs lounge with back balcony you may miss if you don't know about it. Back patio. Famous for Michael Jordan bartending once a year.

Q's Sushi a Go Go, 409 State St. Santa Barbara. 3 storey club, bar, sushi restaurant, pool tables, well attended Tuesday 80s Night, patio, [chain]

Hotel Andalucia rooftop bar, 31 West Carrillo, Santa Barbara. Valet parking, spectacular views, pool [for guests only], heaters! Summer Thursday evenings 5-10pm chill out with DJs from Lush Productions

SB Brewing Company , 501 State St, Santa Barbara. Busy brew/sports bar/grill. Lots of screens. Soon expanding with something new in the back.

Rubys 734 State. Santa Barbara. Downtowns only Latin dance spot. Sparsely decorated and loud. Back patio.

Elsie’s 117 W. De La Guerra. Santa Barbara. No sign - ooooh it's a secret! Beer & wine garage. Cultish following. They'll probably be mad they're listed. Patio.

Wildcat , 15 W. Ortega St, Santa Barbara. Popular and very red. Best place to dance.  Not for the faint of heart.

Mels, 6 W. De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara. Once the best dive bar in town, now has had all the character remodelled out of it.

Joe's Cafe, 525 State St. Santa Barbara. A State Street fixture - you can't miss it 'cos of the sign. The urban legend of the strong cocktail lives here - 2 are enough to do you in.

Chads , 625 Chapala St. Santa Barbara. Well known for its Happy Hour on the patio and large wine pour, with lovely views of the VW dealership and the mountains.

Blue Agave, 20 E. Cota St. Santa Barbara. Restaurant and bar, great mojitos, hidaway nooks upstairs. One quirk - its always very warm in here - so 'layer' or suffer.

Zelo, 630 State St. Santa Barbara. 18 and over nights ...

Sportsman, 20 W. Figueroa. Santa Barbara. A venerable and unpretentious dive bar with a kicking jukebox on a burgeoning new 'restaurant row'

Roy Restaurant & Bar , 7 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara. A great spot right off State St. Best art on the walls, eclectic music selections courtesy of Roy, backgammon night 1st Monday of the month, good food, but no appetizers to munch on - fixed 3 course only :(

The pubs:
James Joyce , 513 State St, Santa Barbara. Peanuts on the floor. Guinness on draught. No patio.

Dargans, 18 E. Ortega St, Santa Barbara. More of a big Irish themed warehouse with pub grub and a big pool room. Small patio area
Press Room, 15 E. Ortega St. Santa Barbara. Right across from Dargan's. Very 'intimate' [small]. Soccer fans congregate here. Killer jukebox - Clash, Smiths, Cure, Pistols etc.

Old Kings Road, 532 State St, Santa Barbara. Window slogan - No Wankers. More soccer fans here, so don't know if the slogan holds up. Small pool table patio.

Brewhouse, 229 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara. On the other side of the tracks. The best dining deal in town, with very casual service. So be patient. Shorts and baseball cap crowd. bands. Front patio where you can watch the train go by.

The Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 235 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara. Voted "best neighborhood bar 2 years running!" The Hood has ping pong, pool, beer pong, Big Buck Hunter, Corn Hole. Also an internet juke box. Happy hour from 4-9 everyday. And good food! 

Pascuals, 30 E. Victoria, Santa Barbara. Mexican restaurant and bar. Locals only. Stick to the drinks.

Spearmint Rhino Adult Cabaret
22 E Montecito Street. Only  nude club in SB. No liquor. No class. Truly not up to the usual Spearmint Rhino standards.

Rockstar Cab 451.9999. The best way to navigate Santa Barbara, drunk or sober. Leopard carpet, great music, and if you’re lucky you’ll get James, the owner, driving you.

There's also news of a multi-million dollar jazz club & venue that's going to be being built into the Anacota Building on Anacapa & Cota Streets.