The Perfect Santa Barbara Bachelorette Party

It’s (Bachelorette) Party Time! We know that planning the perfect bachelorette weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara can be amazing but also stressful! Let us help! Grab your girls, your matching t-shirts, and meet us down in the American Riviera.

Here’s our guide to the most memorable things to do, specialty drinks, food to eat, and places to stay that are sure to make yours the perfect bachelorette weekend!

Things to do in Santa Barbara for Bachelorette party with social cycle

What To Do

Social Cycle (duh)

Kick off your bachelorette weekend with a pedal around beautiful Santa Barbara. Grab your girls, some brews, and hop on! Check out all the best bars in Santa Barbara while pedaling away – so it’s healthy right?  You might even make some t-shirts so everyone around town knows that you’re the best bridal group… ever! Keep it intimate with a private bike, or just enjoy the party on a public ride. You can’t go wrong either way! Experience Santa Barbara in the best way with Social Cycle!

Wine Tours

No permission slip needed for this bus ride! Grab your hall pass and your girls and jump on the wine bus. Book a private tour and experience a rolling wine tasting of some of the best wines from Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley! Jump on the School Bus wine tours specializes in making your bachelorette weekend perfect, complete with a themed school party bus to pick you up! The best part? You don’t have to pretend to know how to properly taste wine (I’m getting hints of… grapes?). This wine tour is sure to be a highlight of the weekend!

Yoga & Meditation

Let’s take a minute and go to our happy place! The classes at Salt Cave will help you achieve complete peace. Also how many times do you get to say you meditated in a salt cave?! The perfect place to meditate, then take an adorable pic of you and your bridal party. Make a day of it and reserve the bridal party experience. You’ll experience a whole new meaning to being zen!

Spa Day

Eucalyptus steam room. If that sounds good to you, this spa day will be absolutely perfect. Santa Barbara has no shortage of spas, but we especially love the services at the Ritz Carlton hotel. Overlooking the ocean, complete with a redwood sauna and rooftop bar, this spa is the picture of relaxation. Picture yourself relaxing with your girls while enjoying the featured chamomile lavender summer dream massage or the full body experience of chamomile lavender salt scrub. Get yourself ready for a night on the town with a day of relaxation.

Urban Wine Trail in the Funk Zone

Are you ready to sip your way through the wineries of downtown Santa Barbara? You should be! A wine tour with Urban Wine Trail brings a whole new meaning to boutique wineries. Customize your tour and make it 100% tailored to your party. DNCE recommended cake by the ocean, but we prefer wine by the ocean! Wine(d) your way around downtown Santa Barbara with your wine tour on wheels!

Sailing

Does sipping on the sea sound as amazing to you as it does to us? Santa Barbara Sailing offers all the water fun you can imagine. Take your girls for a day cruise or get a little workout in with a stand-up paddle board excursion (not that you need it – mimosas have orange juice in them so they’re healthy). Take a private charter to the world-famous Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary, the Galapagos of the Pacific. We absolutely cannot get over the amazing pictures you can take on these beautiful boats with a breathtaking backdrop. Brunch on a yacht is nice, but brunch on a sailboat is truly spectacular.

Places to eat and drink for your bachelorette weekend in santa barbara

Where to Eat & Drink

Finch & Fork

It’s time to experience the taste of Santa Barbara. If fire roasted milkshakes and baked mac ‘n’ cheese peak your interest, Finch & Fork is the place for you! They keep the food simple with 6 ingredients or less per dish, so it’s up to you and your girls to bring the adventure! This is the perfect place to keep your stomach in check before a wild night out!

The Lark

Everyone loves anything artisanal, right? The Lark’s unique vibe and exceptional dinner, dessert, and wine list is sure to make your night special. The dinner menu comes from three of our favorite places, “from the farm,” “from the ocean,” and “from the ranch.” Located in the heart of the Funk Zone, this is the perfect place to kick off your night!

The Shop Kitchen

Brunch. Coffee. Pastries. If that sounds amazing to you, check out The Shop! Everything is freshly baked just for you; plus their six variations of eggs benedict has our mouths watering. The Shop is the perfect place to kick-off a relaxing spa day with your girls or to catch-up after a wild night out. Keep the party going with some mimosas or refresh with a freshly roasted coffee from Handlebar Roasters!

Los Agaves

We are always in favor of a little south-of-the-border action. You’ll find plenty of that and much more at Los Agaves. Yelp rates it as one of the top five restaurants in Santa Barbara and we actually agree! They call it contemporary Mexican dining, we call it the perfect place for margs and signature enchiladas (think: fresh halibut and shrimp, roasted veggies, topped with smoky chipotle sauce.. amazing!). So, grab your girls and take the party south of the border!

Boathouse at Hendry’s

Cocktails.. On the beach.. At sunset – can it get better than that?! The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach offers that sought-after California dining experience. Incredibly fresh seafood plus one of Santa Barbara’s best happy hours is sure to be a highlight of your bachelorette weekend! Get lost in the breathtaking sights of the ocean and the endless California shoreline with the perfect drink in your hand.

Waterline

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, we’ve found it for you! The Waterline is an amazing industrial warehouse turned food and drink destination. Inside is not only one, but four exceptional taprooms, wine bars, and brewing companies. Not to mention the food from The Nook is designed to pair beautifully with beer and wines offered throughout the venue. Bring the party and experience the industrial vibe at the Waterline.

Places to stay in santa barbara for your bachelorette party

Where to Stay

Hotel Milo

Ready to fall in love with Southern California beachside living? Hotel Milo offers classic SoCal beachfront with a contemporary twist. The blend of beach-chic decor with classic Spanish Colonial architecture is not only amazing to look at, but is sure to provide the perfect backdrop for an adorable party pic (do it for the Gram)! Speaking of pictures, image how picture perfect you and your girls will look cruising down the beach in your complimentary beach cruiser (rental included with your stay)!

AirBnB

Let’s kick this party up a notch, with an entire house! Rent an AirBnb and have all the freedom you can ask for, plus the comforts of home! Stay in one night and make that authentic Italian dinner you’ve been craving. Remember, the wine is absolutely pivotal! Have space to sprawl out or use that space to bring the party home! Find that adorable beach cottage just steps from amazing bars and breathtaking views.

Hotel Californian

Welcome to the Hotel California(n), such a lovely place. Okay, okay, we know this wasn’t exactly what the Eagles were talking about, but they would agree with how amazing this pick is. Redefine American Riviera with the modern Spanish colonial architecture. Steps from the beach and adjacent to the Funk Zone, the Hotel California is the perfect place for your party to begin! Did we mention the rooftop pool? Seriously, drinks, on the rooftop, overlooking the beach; paradise!

Kimpton Canary

Make your Bachelorette weekend truly exceptional at the luxurious Kimpton Canary. Complete with four-post beds to make you feel like the queen you are, and all-day rosé to indulge in, this place is so much more than a regular hotel. You already know we’re big fans of rooftop bars, and the Kimpton doesn’t disappoint with its rooftop pool and bar. Local wines are always making their rounds; plus, if you’re there on a Saturday morning, be sure to check out one of the rooftop yoga classes!

Four Seasons Biltmore

Did someone say bungalow? Treat yourself and your girls to the life of luxury at the Four Seasons. Get a private bungalow and bask in the secluded, relaxing nature of this luxurious stay. Don’t forget about the 22 acres of beachfront property ready for you to explore, or just look at (we aren’t judging)! Plus, the rain shower in every bathroom is sure to make the getting ready process utterly amazing.

 

Whether you’re a California local or your party is flying in for your SoCal bachelorette adventure, our Santa Barbara Bachelorette Guide will give you have an unforgettable vacation so you go home with memories to last a lifetime!

Hillcrest Bars | Your San Diego Nightlife Guide

San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood is a vibrant community with tons of great food and entertainment. Located just a few miles away from Downtown, visit Hillcrest to get a taste of local culture. Check out our favorite Hillcrest bars below!

Urban MO’s

Urban MO’s is a hetero-friendly gay restaurant in San Diego that believes cocktails should be served out of plastic farm animals and that San Diego is best enjoyed from an outdoor patio, drink in hand. Make sure you try their famous Blackout Lemonades while you’re there!

Blackout Lemonade | Urban Mo's Hillcrest

Uptown Tavern

“Whether you are looking for a place to relax after a long day of work, somewhere to catch the big game, host a private event, or just to get a little wild on the weekends, Uptown Tavern is the second home and family you’ve been looking for.”

Pineapple Expression
A sweet mix of herradura Blanco Tequila, Giffard Banana Liqueur, Real lime juice, pineapple juice, and all-Natural Cinnamon.

Pineapple Expression | Uptown Tavern Hillcrest

Gossip Grill

“The perfect combination of ambiance and tastes will have you crawling back for more. Gossip is decked out with feminine inspired art, fabulous chandeliers, and a foliage facade outdoor patio bar with two fire pits that allows everyone to enjoy Hillcrest the way it was supposed to be enjoyed – outdoors. Pair that with modern American Comfort Food and you’ve got yourself a one of a kind five-star women’s bar.”

Shark Bait
Served up in a 40 oz. fishbowl, the Shark Bait cocktail is a tasty blend of Hypnotiq, Sugar Island Coconut Rum, Cruzan Pineapple Rum, Blue Curaço, pineapple, orange juice, Sprite, and a grenadine filled shark. Grab your girls and go get one!

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Project Bar & Grill

Located in a 1902 Craftsman house, Project Bar & Grill is a neighborhood sports bar serving elevated bar food, small-batch craft beers, and stand-out cocktails. They also serve Project IPA, CBD Cocktails on draft & Peanut Butter Chocolate Jameson Shots on Nitro Tap.

Project Bar & Grill Specials
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Jameson Shot
  • Tuesday Trivia Night
  • $5 Keep the Pint Night
  • $15 Pitcher Thursdays
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Inside Out

Hillcrest’s newest restaurant and lounge, insideOUT, is a chic and refined destination for those who want to enjoy fine dining, craft cocktails, and relax in an urban oasis.

Flamboyant Flamingo
Made for you and 3-5 of your favorite friends, the Flamboyant Flamingo is a delectable mix of Elyx Vodka, St. Germaine, rosé wine, lemon juice, and soda.
Flamboyant Flamingo | insideOUT Hillcrest Bars

5 Party Fouls To Avoid On Your Next Social Cycle Tour

If there was a list of universal employee loved jobs, being a Captain for a party bike would be among the top. Seriously, you show up in summer swag, shades on, tunes bumpin’, to a group of strangers that are there for the sole purpose of a good time. Any introduction that begins with an ear-to-ear smile is generally considered a great start.

But oh how horrible things can go…

Just kidding.

In all seriousness, it is one knee slappin’ good time, but occasionally there are speed bumps.  We call these “party fouls” a.k.a. “what not to do (as a rider).”  Every party bike captain has dealt with ’em, so we wanted to share some of our favorites stories that everyone can learn from.

  1. Not Tipping The Bartenders

Think about it.  We roll up with energy levels full throttle.  The tour has just been singing, dancing, and pedaling their way over and then bop right into the joint with a crew of their closest 16 pals.  The bar is busy and that’s a win-win.  Service staff sees dollar signs, riders see stiff drinks, and I see a 30-minute break 😉

BUT this all comes crashing down when the bar patrons leave a next-to-nothing tip.  These poor bartenders may have just dealt with various individual drink orders, an equal amount of separate tabs, a brow full of sweat, and barely any coin to show for it.  The patrons then finish their one or two beverages before moving on to the next location while the bartenders look on, deflated.

Now I’m not saying that ya gotta leave your paycheck, but consider the effort to appease your squad of beautiful lunatics put in by the local watering hole staff. It will be appreciated and a round on-the-house might be in your future.

2. Wear Your Freaking Seatbelt (That Means Your Blowup Doll Too)

Our number two party foul/moral of the story comes with a funny little tale to go with it. Once upon a time, a group of party-ready pedalers brought a blow-up doll along for their tour. Now, we have no issue with this! We are always happy to accommodate our riders and their friends. But everyone should buckle up (dolls included), or you risk having a big gust of wind blow your blow-up doll into oncoming traffic and cause reduced visibility and car accidents. Yes, this actually happened, so we’ll just politely remind you to please wear your seat belt, for your safety and those around you.

3. Wear Shoes, Please.

Southern California is laid back, we definitely know that. If you’re lucky, you’re spending a good portion of your time on the beach, sand between your toes and no shoes to be found. However, since our party bike tours don’t take place on the beach, we’ve gotta request that you wear shoes on our tours. Not only is it safer for your feet (and way more sanitary), you won’t get to go inside any of our partner bars on the tour if you’re barefoot (it’s the whole “no shirt, no shoes, no service” rule).

4. Starting Your Tour Wasted

You paid to hop on a party bike – you know you’re gonna have to pedal! We know you’ll have some fun throughout the tour and that your pedaling performance might decrease along the way, but don’t ruin the fun by drinking too much before you even get here!

5. Bring Your Real ID – A Picture Doesn’t Count

It’s pretty common knowledge that most bars are going to ID (take it as a compliment, you’re looking young today). So please, pack your ID! Stick it in your friend’s purse, your boyfriend’s wallet, inside your shoe…just make sure it’s with you. Bartenders are busy people and they don’t have time to explain why a photo of your ID doesn’t pass for the real thing. Save yourself some time and headache and triple check that you have your ID before you hop on the bike!

Pacific Beach Bars | Your San Diego Nightlife Guide

Know for it’s laid-back, coastal vibes, San Diego’s Pacific Beach neighborhood is filled with rooftop bars and fruity cocktails. You’ll be able to admire the Pacific’s famous sunsets as you enjoy some of San Diego’s best food and drink.

Join us on a tour to visit all of the great bars below, and more!

Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Looking for the perfect location for families, groups, and even pets to enjoy some great food and drinks? Visit the Backyard Kitchen & Tap! We are just one block off of the beach but you will truly feel at home visiting the Backyard Kitchen & Tap.

So Fresh & So Green
So Fresh & So Green is a gin cocktail with Hendrick’s as it’s base liquor. To build this cocktail the bartender muddles together cucumber, granny smith apple slices, lime juice, and simple syrup. After muddling they add the gin, shake, and strain into a coupe glass garnishing with a slice of cucumber. It is a light, refreshing cocktail that goes perfectly with a hot summer day on our beautiful patio.
Backyard Kitchen & Tap | Pacific Beach Bars | San Diego Nightlife

Duck Dive

As the name suggests, Duck Dive and its ambiance is an ode to the rich surf and beach culture that resides just steps away in the Pacific Ocean and their surrounding neighborhoods and community. They pride themselves on selling quality food and beverages without pretense. Their menu is compiled of takes on classic American dishes as well as coastal favorites.

Take Me To Mexico
This is a great cocktail made with Altos tequila, fresh watermelon, basil, and jalapeño for a little kick at the end.  They’re just steps away from the Pacific so when you walk in you still feel like you’re on the beach (but even better because you’ll have a cocktail in hand).

Duck Dive

The Local

The Local’s menu blends some Local favorites, pub-style grub, and coastal inspirations resulting in a delicious variety of flavors. The cocktails utilize fresh, hand-pressed juices and the beer selection highlights our adoration for the craft beer movement greatly influenced by America’s Finest City.

Sand Pail Punch
We recommend the Sand Pail Punch for a tropical vacation in your mouth! Made with Bacardi Rum, Malibu, Amaretto, Fresh Squeezed OJ, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine this one is a sure-fire recipe for a good time in PB.

Pro Tip: It’s only $6 for the 32oz. Keep-the-Bucket Margarita on Taco Tuesdays!
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El Prez

Their rooftop overlooks Pacific Beach. Their gourmet tacos are made with fresh, local ingredients and served in house-made tortillas. Their bar features a large selection of tequilas, with 18 beers on tap. El Prez is where to drink, where to eat, and where to party in San Diego!

64oz Blueberry Mint-A-Rita
This giant cocktail is a large version of one of our best-selling specialty cocktails. We fill it with 5 full shots of Espolone Blanco Tequilla, our house-created Margarita mix, and fresh blueberry puree before adding fresh mint and limes to the 64oz mason jar and muddling and shaking everything together. To finish the cocktail, we garnish it with more fresh mint, blueberries, and an orange slice. It’s served with jumbo bendy straws so you and your friends can enjoy the giant cocktail together!
El Prez | Pacific Beach Bars

Miss B’s

Miss B’s Coconut Club is a revival of Mission Beach’s colorful past. The pin-up girl’s Caribbean curves and demure smile have returned to welcome everyone who steps inside, whether you’re a first timer, a part-timer, or someone who settled in the area and never left. They proudly pour 20 local and microbrew tap handles, along with kombucha on tap and house-made cold brew on nitro.

Havana Good Time
A refreshing summer punch bowl designed to be shared by a small group, the Havana A Good Time is perfect for cyclers popping in after their ride. The drink consists of vodka, Pamplemousse, and house grapefruit and cucumber cordial topped with kombucha. Light and fruity with a hint of citrusy sweet, it’s a surefire crowd pleaser!
Miss B's Coconut Club | Pacific Beach Bars

Top 10 Places To Visit In Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a true desert oasis; waving palm trees, balmy weather, sun that never stops, and some of the best food, drink, and activities in all of SoCal. We’ve spent our fair share of time there (have to learn the lay of the land for you guys), so read on for our favorite Palm Springs activities and things to do.

Moorten Botanical Garden

Jetlag got you down? Feeling a little prickly? Moorten Botanical Garden is the perfect place to walk around and unwind after your voyage to Hollywood’s playground. Founded over 60 years ago and considered the world’s first “Cactarium,” these gardens are home to over 3,000 different cacti species and a plethora of small desert animals. It’s winding pathways and quirky Wild West setting make this sea of green a prime backdrop for your next desert photoshoot, and if you trip, oh well beauty is pain after all.

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

It’s no secret that Palm Springs is a literal desert. Don’t worry though, we found the perfect way to cool you off, spin you around, and lift you up! The idea for Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was first concocted on a particularly hot day in 1933 when Francis Crocker gazed upon the misty mountaintop above and dreamed of being just as tall and cold. What can we say; the man was vertically challenged and we’re very grateful for his attempt at compensation. The ride lasts about 12 minutes and provides unbelievable views of the desert below.
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Bacon Flight at Cheeky’s

Oversleep this morning? No worries, Cheeky’s serves breakfast all day! One of Palm Spring’s top-rated brunch spots, Cheeky’s offers freshly squeezed juices and breakfast cocktails, unique breakfast entrees (the menu changes weekly), homemade pastries and a bacon bar. Whether you’re recovering from a night out or just love breakfast that much (we do), you’ll have a hard time deciding what to order. We recommend their Bacon Flight Sampler…with five different flavors, you’ll definitely find a favorite. Need some sweet to go along with all that savory? How about one of Cheeky’s famous cinnamon rolls? They’re handcrafted from layered croissant dough and twirled in brown sugar and cinnamon. No, the mimosas are not bottomless, but they are made with a selection of fresh juices (try the Pomegranate).
Cheeky's Palm Springs | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Social Cycle

What’s the best way to tour downtown Palm Springs and get a taste of local color? Social Cycle of course! Voted the #1 activity on Palm Springs TripAdvisor, our party bike will take you to some of Palm Springs’ hottest spots for specialty cocktails and local brews! As you pedal through the heart of downtown along Palm Canyon Drive, your Captain will guide you to a selection of Palm Springs’ favorite and famous watering holes. From tiki bars to tapas restaurants, roadhouse pubs to outdoor patios, rooftop lounges to nightclubs–you’ll get to sample it all and quench your thirst! Hop on a public tour or book a private tour for your party.
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Indian Canyons

Need a nature break from Palm Springs city life? Just a few miles south of downtown, Indian Canyons on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation offers the chance to beat the desert heat while exploring winding canyons shaded by groves of native California Fan Palm trees. Make sure you check out Tahquitz Canyon while you’re there–it’s home to an exquisite 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife, and plants, which you’ll learn all about at the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center.
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Kimpton Rowan Hotel

After long days of exploring everything Palm Springs has to offer, you’ll want to put your feet up and relax! At Kimpton Rowan Hotel, “urban enchantment meets epic scenery.” You’ll enjoy California’s legendary sunsets from their rooftop bar and pool, sample fresh, local foods at their restaurants, and take it all in at the end of the day in front of the two-story windows in their lobby. Choose from their guest rooms, specialty guest rooms, and suites for your stay, but know that whatever you choose, you will enjoy Palm Springs’ finest luxury restoration.
Kimpton Rowan Hotel | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Backstreet Art District

In an environment like Palm Springs’ arid desert, artists are sure to find inspiration. Admire their creations in the Backstreet Art District where you’ll find paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, and more. Visit Artize if you’re looking for some inventive contemporary pieces, and don’t miss Galleria Marconi’s stunning, one-of-a-kind glass creations.
Galleria Marconi | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Doors of Palm Springs

Doors of Palm Springs is a passion project started by Gré, a lover of world-travel and film photography. As she documents the many colorful and artistic doors in Palm Springs, you’ll want to do some Insta-stalking and see if you can’t go find a couple of the doors for yourself! Afterward, visit Gré’s Coffeehouse and Art Gallery downtown to grab a copy of her gorgeous coffee table book, containing all of the images she’s gathered over the years.
Doors Of Palm Springs | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Tonga Hut

If you hop on a tour with us, we’ll make sure we take you to Palm Springs’ favorite Tiki bar, Tonga Hut, for some handcrafted island cocktails. If you can’t join us, make sure you try their specialty Mai Tai. This refreshing cocktail is based on the original Trader Vic’s recipe, and blends Jamaican and Puerto Rican rums with orgeat & orange curaçao and finishes with citrus notes.
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Vintage Thrifting

Palm Springs has an eclectic population, and their thrift stores reflect it! No matter what your style is, you’ll find pieces to suit your fancy at one of their vintage thrift stores. For clothing, swing by Gypsyland and The Frippery. Our favorite thing about The Frippery is the variety of occasions you’ll find apparel for! Whether you’re poolside or headed out for a night downtown, they’ve got the perfect outfit waiting!
The Frippery Vintage Thrift Shop | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Funk Zone Bars | Your Santa Barbara Nightlife Guide

Ready to check out Santa Barabara’s Funk Zone? The Funk Zone is known as the home of some of Santa Barbara’s best bars and happy hours, so we’ve done the research and given you the best of the best below.

Looking to do a bar crawl a little differently? Hop on the bike with us and take a tour of the Funk Zone!

Test Pilot

A tiki-inspired neighborhood bar, the Test Pilot features a variety of craft tropical cocktails in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

Oaxacan Dead
The Oaxacan Dead is our adaptation of Donn the Beachcomber’s most famous creation, the Zombie.  We modified the classic tiki drink to include a softly aged tequila and fiery mezcal, as well as include our own house-made cinnamon cordial, absinthe, fresh local citrus, and bitters.
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Carr Winery*

Carr Winery is a full-production site located in downtown Santa Barbara and has been producing boutique wines since 1999. They believe the best wines start in the vineyard and they pride themselves on precision farming. Each of their vineyards are meticulously farmed to produce low yields, hand harvested, and farmed using only organic practices. Some of the varietals that they are known for include Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. We invite you to experience the art of winemaking at Carr Winery.
*Carr Winery is located just outside the Funk Zone, but we love visiting them on our tours!
Carr Wine Glasses & Bottles

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. was founded by father and son team, Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer, in 2010.  With a passion for craft beer, they set out to pay homage to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with handcrafted beer and hand-drawn artwork depicting the local landscape on their labels.
Named after the mountain seen from their family home in Los Olivos, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company opened in Buellton, California with only a handful of employees.  In a short 7 years, the company has grown to become one of the fastest growing craft breweries in America and now has a staff of over 200 which they affectionately call the #FigFam.
There are currently six taprooms along California’s Central Coast.  Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. beer can be found in their taprooms or at select retailers and restaurants throughout California.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. | Santa Barbara Bars and Breweries

Brass Bear Brewing

Brass Bear Brewing opened in February 2016 and is located one block from the beach inside the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara, CA. They serve high-quality craft beer (including their own), wine, and cider. Their food consists of charcuterie boards, meat/vegetable plates, and hot toasted sandwiches sourced from Santa Barbara and surrounding counties.

The Brass Bear name came to be during a National Parks cross-country road trip from New York to California. At their favorite park, Glacier, they did backcountry camping (the kind where you sign your life away at The Ranger Station and all they do is arm you with a safety video and bear spray for protection). As ‘luck’ would have it, after 6 hours of hiking and seeing no one, they came face to face with a family of three Black Bears.

The late afternoon sun hit the bears just perfectly and turned them into a beautiful brass color. They glanced our way and with a decisive grunt carried on. They agreed over dinner that night that this would be the perfect name for their own business one day, to remind them to face their fears and keep on trekking!

Brass Bear Brewing | Santa Barbara Bars and Breweries

Topa Topa Brewing Co.

Nestled in the shadows of the Topa Topa mountain range, Topa Topa Brewing Company lives by their motto of ‘Good Vibes, Great Beers.’ Surrounded with everything that inspires them— amazing friends, farms, mountains, and some awesome surf— Topa Topa prides themselves on excellence of quality, remaining independent, and making sure everyone feels welcome.
Chief Peak IPA 
When you stop to sip on a Chief Peak IPA (Topa Topa Brewing Co’s flagship beer) the piney hops are first to arrive. The tropical tones of passion fruit, orange, and gooseberry aren’t far behind. This west coast style IPA is clean-drinking and has been known to please even the biggest of hoppy beer skeptics.
Topa Topa Brewing Co. | Santa Barbara's Best Bars and Breweries

The Perfect San Diego Bachelorette Weekend

Are you planning that “fun in the sun” bachelorette party? Are you stressed about it? Planning the perfect bachelorette weekend is exhausting, overwhelming, and did we mention STRESSFUL. Let us help! Grab your girls and meet us down in sunny San Diego, California!

Here’s our guide to the best places to stay, eat, and the most memorable things to do that are sure to make yours the perfect bachelorette weekend!

San Diego Places to Stay for Bachelorette Weekend

Where to Stay

Kimpton Hotel Solamar

Looking for an up-and-coming part of the city with its own heartbeat? Look no farther. This hotel is the perfect location for everything you need for your perfect weekend! Walk to brunch, relax with in-room spa treatments, and get your tan on by the pool. After that, it’s an easy walk to some of the best restaurants in town. After dinner head out for San Diego’s sizzling nightlife. Not to mention, this hotel is on our downtown route which means easy access to your friends at Social Cycle!

We don’t know about you, but we’ve never been the ones to turn down a stay at beautiful hotel, especially if “boutique” is in its official title. Kimpton Hotels were actually the first boutique restaurant and hotel company to grace the U.S. with its heavenly hospitality. It’s no surprise really, when every room feels like home; a home with a regularly scheduled, nightly wine hour that is. Now we’re not encouraging you to become a hotel hermit while you’re staying here, but we also aren’t saying it’s very hard. Enjoy in-room spa treatments, work on that pre-wedding glow by the pool, and enjoy the wonderful views of San Diego’s sizzling nightlife all from your very own home away from home. And hey, if you’re up to it you can even walk down the street and sample some of the city’s best cuisine, or just order in. It’s okay we don’t judge, absolute bliss is exhausting!

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Hard Rock Hotel

Embark on the life of luxury with your girls! What’s a visit to the trendy Gaslamp Quarter without doing it in one of the Hard Rock’s Rock Star Suites complete with everything necessary to turn you into an actual rockstar. P.S. the sleek and modern decor is perfect for those “bachelorette weekend” pics – do it for the Gram. Keep channeling your inner rock star with a complementary Fender guitar for all of your in-room jam needs – you are the life of the party. The party doesn’t stop here, take your girls out for some of San Diego’s signature music!

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Andaz Hotel

If you like drinks, pools, and views as much as we do, you’ll love this hotel! With a rooftop bar and pool in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, you may never want to leave this hotel! When you finally drag yourself out, it’s a quick walk to all that downtown San Diego has to offer (architecture, history, trendy eateries, upscale shopping, and most importantly: city vibes). If rooftops are your thing, there is a new one around every corner (each with views better than the last). And, if you want to combine all the best parts of the trip into one, this hotel is on our downtown route! All you have to do is hop on with us to see the best of downtown San Diego.

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Tower 23 Hotel

Ready for some beach time with your beaches? Tower 23 combines the vibrant beach life of San Diego with its unique and charming rooms. It is the perfect combination of luxury and relaxation… on the beach! After an exhausting day of relaxing, you don’t have to go far for the Tower 23 summer wine series. When it’s finally time to leave the hotel, walk along the beach to find endless food, drinks, and fun! Oh, an don’t forget to check out the killer views. Oh yeah sure, we meant the ocean too.

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Lafayette Hotel

Bungalow. This hotel has bungalows! Experience history redefined in this hotel (or bungalows, we recommend bungalows). Escape with your girls with everything the North Park scene has to offer. Brush up on your history at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, hang out with your furry friends at the San Diego Zoo, and enjoy the nightlife downtown. Leaving your bungalow (ugh it’s just so fun to say) and swim-up bar may be tough, but once you’re out in the city make sure you come visit us at Social Cycle to see the city from our North Park route.

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San Diego places to eat for bachelorette weekend

Where to Eat

Rustic Root

Dinner under the stars, California style. The food here is traditional with a modern flair, the drinks are timeless and iconic, the views are exquisite (simply put, the food is good, the drinks are great, the views are even better)! This is the perfect place to see where the night takes you!

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Kettner Exchange

We’re not sure what “Progressive American Cuisine” means, but they have everything to make a perfect evening. Experience the forward-thinking and creative cocktail approach of their highly qualified bar manager Steven Tuttle and enjoy food from Iron Chef contestant Brian Redzikowski. Kettner Exchange is mostly definitely the hottest rooftop destination with it’s private cabanas and sun sprinkled dining room. So sit back, relax in your cabana, and sip one of their iconic “Tequila for Christmas” cocktails.

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Madison

You can’t really go out to eat if you don’t post a picture of your food on Instagram, right? Voted to have the best food design in all of San Diego, Madison will make sure your plate looks as enviable as it tastes… mmm delicious.

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Trust

Enjoy dinner with those that you trust at this urban eatery. No trip to Trust is the same due to the continually changing locally sourced food options. Try one of their wood-fired specialties while sipping on a glass of wine!

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Whisknladle

Ready to get comfortable? Get back to basics with this ever changing menu creating great food from fresh ingredients. After dinner, save time to wander around the La Jolla area of San Diego. Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views and posh shoreline shops.

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Queenstown Public House

Afraid of that wine hangover? Take a quick trip to New Zealand with this whimsical pub. Check out their enormous selection of draft beers that won’t disappoint. Grab a table on the patio to enjoy the views of Little Italy while you dine!

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Grass Skirt

It’s tiki time! Gather the girls and relish in the lighthearted, escapist nature of the tiki culture. Enjoy Polynesian style cocktails and food while practicing your hula! Oh, and did we mention  that they have a rum club?! What goes better with bao buns than rum? The answer is nothing.

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What to Do

Hop across the border and take Turista Libre tours (don’t forget your passport!)

Ready for a field trip, but for grown-ups? Experience Mexico like a local with Turista Libre tours. Make the bachelorette weekend extra special with a private tour. You will get to see authentic Mexico, and visit the best cultural hotspots (did we mention concerts, wineries, and breweries)! And the best part, you will get to eat like a local at some of the most authentic restaurants Mexico has to offer.

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Rent a poolside cabana at the Lafayette Hotel’s Pool Club

Take a break from the sun like Beyoncé said with a cabana pool day. This is NOT your parents’ pool club! We already mentioned the Lafayette Hotel (see above), but did we mention cabanas?! Relax with your girls while basking in the sun and enjoy the poolside entertainment in a cabana. Keep the mojitos flowing and indulge! There are no bad days here.

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Catch a drag show for brunch at Lips

Bring your sequins and be a diva for the day! Enjoy the over-the-top nature of the decor and entertainment at Lips. Plus, who doesn’t love brunch?! Don’t be afraid to jump up on stage and turn from the spectator into the entertainment! Lips is guaranteed to be an unforgettable part of your bachelorette weekend!

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Hit the Spa for some R&R

San Diego has no shortage of spas to help you and your girls achieve total relaxation. Balance your skin and mind with a facial at The Spa at Torrey Pines (P.S. this spa is designed with optimal feng shui so you have to be relaxed, right?). Go back in time and enjoy bay views at the Marilyn Monroe Spa. Who doesn’t love classic Marilyn decor and complete bliss! Take a mini trip to France with the Cal-A-Vie health spa in Vista resembling a beautiful French village. It’s impossible to be stressed in France.

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Wine Tour in Temecula

Do you and your girls like to wine? We sure do! Book a private tour and taste the best wines in all of Southern California! Temecula Rockin’ Wine Tours specializes in making your bachelorette weekend perfect, complete with a themed party bus to pick you up! The best part? You don’t have to pretend to know how to properly taste wine (I’m getting hints of… grapes?). This wine tour is sure to be a highlight of the weekend!

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Party on wheels with Social Cycle

Finish your bachelorette weekend with a pedal around beautiful San Diego. Grab your girls, some brews, and hop on! Check out all the best bars in San Diego while pedaling away – so it’s healthy right?  You might even make some t-shirts so everyone around town knows that you’re the best bridal group… ever! Keep it intimate with a private bike, or just enjoy the party on a public ride. You can’t go wrong either way! Experience San Diego in the best way with Social Cycle!

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3 Quick Reasons To Ride A Party Bike With Your Team

A party bike tour might not be your first thought when you want to plan a team-building activity, but we know it’s a great option.

  1. Teamwork Makes The Bike Move

Party bikes require everyone to put in some effort! It’s a great way to promote equality within your team and show them that in order to reach a goal (or in this case, the next destination), they all have to work together and pitch in.

2. Happy Hour Or No Happy Hour, It’s Still Less Stuffy Than Most Other Team Building

Most team building activity announcements are met with disgruntled sighs and murmured comments and people planning to call in sick. Want to avoid this? Pick an activity (like a party bike) that will put your employees and coworkers in a relaxed, enjoyable environment where they can be themselves.

3. Work Hard, Play Hard. Together.

Teams tend to be happier when they have great relationships inside and outside of the office, as friends and as coworkers. Not only does this result in more mutual respect among different departments and internal teams, it’ll give you a happier, more productive office.

North Park Bars | Your San Diego Nightlife Guide

Friends! We’re back with more. More of San Diego’s best bars and the second part of your San Diego nightlife guide. If you missed our guide to downtown, check it out here. If you’re ready for North Park’s best bars and breweries, keep reading.

Dunedin New Zealand Eats

New Zealand-inspired restaurant featuring organic grass-fed burgers. Take your time to enjoy their mainly outdoor seating and a casual family-friendly atmosphere. They’ve got local beers with 20 taps, a $5 happy hour menu from 3-6 every day, and $2 mimosas for brunch on the weekends.

Peach Basil Sangria 
Peach Basil Syrup, Champagne, Pinot Gris, Garnished with Peaches and Basil
Red House Sangria
Cabernet, Cinnamon, Orange Juice, Cider, Garnished Cinnamon Sugar Rim and Oranges
two mixed drinks on a table with tree and fence in the background

Mike Hess Brewing

Mike Hess Brewing was San Diego’s first nano-brewery when they opened way back in 2010, but has since grown to include three locations in town and is the region’s 11th largest brewery. Their world-class brewery and tasting room in hip North Park has produced two World Beer Cup gold award-winning beers and they have garnered some 25 other medals as well. Their reputation is one of making great beer across a broad spectrum of styles and flavors, fulfilling their mission of Bringing People Together Over Great Beer. If you cannot make it to North Park, be sure to visit their original location in Miramar or their coastal tasting room in beautiful Ocean Beach.
Grapefruit Solis IPA is one of MHB’s flagship brands, featuring a sublime balance of malt, hops and of course, real grapefruit. Available on draft and in cans throughout San Diego, this beer refreshes and nourishes at the same time!
Mike Hess beer glass on table with bottle and can behind

Eppig Brewing

Eppig Brewing has deep brewing roots dating back to 1866 in Brooklyn, NY. The brewery was reincarnated in North Park in 2016 by great-great-granddaughter Stephanie Eppig & her business partners and has already received multiple awards including best new brewery 2017 (by San Diego Magazine & West Coaster Magazine).
Eppig offers a diverse range of beer styles, including a dedicated lager program that pays tributes to the family’s brewing roots.
Featured Beer: Special Lager
This beer fills the void for the devout craft-beer lover who quietly shames themselves for occasionally wanting a cold, crisp (probably) macro lager on a hot day. Special Lager is a Japanese-style dry lager brewed with rice as a featured ingredient. The combination of pilsner malt and rice with a dose of citrusy, late-addition hops creates an aroma faintly reminiscent of sweet, starchy sushi rice and lemon blossoms. Special Lager finishes exceptional dry and clean.
Eppig Brewing beer glass on countertop

North Park Beer Co.

North Park Beer Co is a neighborhood brew-pub at the center of one of the fastest growing craft beer scenes in San Diego.  With Craftsman-inspired decor and a massive yet welcoming space, the taproom offers a wide selection of house brews as well as guest beers, wine and cider.  The tasty suds are perfectly paired with the food offerings from the on-site purveyors, Mastiff Kitchen, famous for their house-made sausages.
Hop-Fu! is NPBC’s award-winning, flagship IPA.  This perfect example of the West Coast style showcases a whopping 7 different hop varieties that create a bold yet balanced depth in flavor.  Dank, citrus, fruit, and spice notes are all expressed in harmony with a moderate, drying bitterness that leaves you ready for the second (and third) sip.  Not to be missed!
beer glass on table with bar in the background

Belching Beaver North Park Tasting Room

Located in the heart of North Park on 30th street this was Belching Beavers’s first satellite tasting room opened in 2013. With 24 taps pouring a variety of styles, this tasting room is eclectic and cozy. Sit at a table made out of  Torrey Pines, enjoy a flight or pint and enjoy food prepared by local food trucks that rotate serving at the tasting room. There is also a great mural from the “Greetings from San Diego” tour painted on the side of the building. It’s become a go-to photo op in San Diego. Make sure to snap a photo and tag us on social media!
Phantom Bride IPA 
Named after the ethereal song by the one and only Deftones, Phantom Bride IPA is a blend of Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops delicately balanced for the perfectly drinkable mix of citrus and hoppy goodness. A truly original Deftones/ Belching Beaver collaboration envisioned by Chino Moreno and skillfully crafted by Thomas Peters.
Brewery in North Park behind the bar

A Guide to America’s Best Party Bikes

There’s no better way to explore a new city than to hop on a party bike and pedal your way around the city. Whether you’re looking to try out handcrafted cocktails, explore breweries, or just find some of the hidden gems, check out our friends and their party bikes in these cities!

Nashville Pedal Tavern
Nashville’s Best Brewery Tour

Love beer? This is the perfect route for you! Visit the famous Yazoo, Jackalope, and Rock Bottom breweries to taste some great brews and inhale some hops.

Pedal Tavern bikes with staff at night

Pub Crawler of Austin
Barton Springs Tour

Pub Crawler of Austin’s Barton Springs Pub Crawl tour will show you the best of Austin. Explore the area riverside and see the scenic side of Austin while enjoying some drinks.

Social Cycle group smiling in front of party bike near Babyacapulco

Pedal Hopper Denver
LoDo Route

Not only is the LoDo route the flattest route in the Mile High City, it boasts some of Denver’s best drinks. You’ll have your choice of over 20 bars to visit, depending on what you’re looking for that day!

Pedal hopper bike in a parade for St. Patrick's Day

Pedal Wagon
Tavern Cruise

Ready to pedal and party? Pedal Wagon will get you ready to go! Whether you’re in Cincinnati, Columbus, or Dayton, they have options. But we always recommend the Tavern Cruise when you’re in Cinci – it combines two of their best routes (Downtown and OTR) so you’ll get to explore hidden gems and eclectic spots.

Social Cycle party bike driving downtown

Social Cycle
Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

Ok, ok, we had to add ourselves to this list. But only because we want to have you ride with us in all three of our locations! San Diego was our OG location, but we’ve also got Palm Springs and most recently, Santa Barbara. We love SoCal, so join us and we’ll show you around!

Social Cycle party bike driving down the street by the ocean