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.
tropical cocktail in a santa barbara bar

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 Winery | Santa Barbara Bars

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

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

Creative Date Ideas in Santa Barbara

Whether you’re on one of those *awkward* first dates or you’re just finally getting to spend some quality time with your long-term partner, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to round up some of Santa Barbara’s most unique date ideas.

West Wind Drive-In
Drive-In Movies in Santa Barbara

Is there anything more classic and romantic than cuddling up next to your date while watching a movie on the big screen? Other than the fact that the gear-shifter is probably in your way, no, there really isn’t. Visit West Wind, Santa Barbara’s drive-in movie theatre, for a date that will take you back to when life was simpler and people met for milkshakes.

Drive in movie theater in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Art Glass 
Glass Blowing Classes

For something unique and memorable, take your date to Santa Barbara Art Glass for an inside look at the delicate and intricate process of glassblowing. Whether you’d prefer to observe as master glassblower and owner, Saul Alcaraz, creates one-of-a-kind pieces, or jump in on the action during his private classes, you will leave in awe of the creativity it takes!

2 men in a metal shop

Paddle Sports Center
SUP + Kayak Rentals

If your date is slightly more adventurous, take them paddle boarding or kayaking along the Santa Barbara coastline. Enjoy your bonding time on the water while you watch seabirds, sea lions, dolphins, and whales! You’ll have worked up an appetite so grab a bite to eat at the Shoreline Beach Cafe after your adventure.

Woman paddleboarding in the ocean

Social Cycle
Party Bike Tours

We may be new to Santa Barbara, but we’re long-time lovers of Southern California. For an out-of-the-box date idea, join us for a Santa Barbara party bike tour through the Funk Zone and we’ll show you the best bars and restaurants the city has to offer. We’ll pedal along the waterfront and Cabrillo Boulevard while visiting distilleries, cocktail bars, and breweries.

Palm Springs

Lobero Theatre
Live Music and Shows

With both community and professional performance, the Lobero Theatre has been entertaining Santa Barbara residents since 1873 when it opened as an opera house. Today, the Lobero features top-notch performances from ballet companies, orchestras, film festivals, symphonies, jazz ensembles, and much more. Check out their events calendar here and take your date out for a classy evening.

Theater venue with stage