The culture of Santa Barbara is as unique as the city presents itself. With myriad neighborhoods and city spaces, you will not fail to notice a bar, pub, or a nightclub around every corner that can keep you entertained in the wee hours of dusk. The vibrant life of Santa Barbara is eclectic and will have you dancing all night long. To make your life easier, we have reviewed our top picks for nighttime spots in Santa Barbara to give you the latest update on where to immerse in the live music scene, listen to classic and contemporary DJs, and last but never the least, sipping in on your favorite beverages. We have you covered for all aspects of Santa Barbara’s nightlife. When you’re ready to call it a night, there are budget hotels and bed and breakfasts for your accommodation needs. So continue reading to find out where your next favorite spot would be. These are the best nightclubs in Santa Barbara, California.
If you are looking for an intimate space with an exotic vibe, you have found your place at Indochine. Offering table reservations with bottle service to get the VIP experience, great music lineup from the DJs, and amazing drinks, this boutique nightclub makes a solid spot to unleash the party animal within you.
Address: 434 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Opening hours: 8pm - 1:30am (daily)
2. Matrix Nightclub & Lounge
The Matrix Nightclub & Lounge takes nightclubbing to a whole new level. Get to experience unique luxury in nightlife featuring three different spaces for entertainment, two tournament grade ping pong tables, and a pool table bar. The club also offers VIP bottle services table, oversized leather couches, DJ booth, and an expansive dance floor. If dancing your heart out on the dance floor over the weekend gets too much for you, give your legs a break for a while and sip on favorite local beverages in a chill atmosphere.
Matrix Nightclub & Lounge
Address: 409 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Website: Matrix Nightclub & Lounge
Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 6pm - 1:30am (closed on Mon & Tue)
3. The Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Want to know the taste of the real Santa Barbara? This is your go-to! Make your nights as happy and merry like the happy hour specials at the Neighborhood Bar & Girl. Like the restaurants in the area, this place also serves great dishes such as homemade pizzas, tasty burgers, fresh wraps, fresh salad, and many others. These are also accompanied by an ice cold beer, so get ready to dance the night away. Featuring two outdoor patios, you can enjoy watching a game or two, and when there isn’t any match, kick your shoes off, shake your legs and move to the groove, all night long.
The Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Address: 235 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Website: The Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4pm - 1am; Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 1am
You might be interested in these Airbnbs!
4. EOS Lounge
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Located in a thriving area of Santa Barbara, EOS Lounge is one of the most popular nightlife spots in town. Get to experience different musical genres through a variety of DJs and musical lineups at this unique contemporary lounge and a chic nightclub, with a patio and private booths. From electronic music to house, and dubstep to hip-hop, make sure to head into this lounge and check out the club with your friends, on your weekend night out in Santa Barbara.
Address: 500 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Website: EOS Lounge
Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 9pm - 1:30am (closed from Mon - Wed)
5. Wildcat Lounge
Once known to be a popular gay bar, Wildcat Lounge still has a huge following from the LGBT community. Although you’d commonly find heteros in this space most of the time, LGBT usually takes over the place especially on Sunday nights. Still, it’s one such place that the LGBT community and heteros alike love going to! The lounge features a dance floor, lounge seating, red walls, top DJs and live bands, and lip-smacking’ cocktail menu, to keep you entertained all night long.
Address: 15 W Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Website: Wildcat Lounge
Opening hours: 4pm - 2am (daily)
6. La Pachanga
Bueno pues otra noche más de trabajó para los Acoplados de Oxnard Yeeeaaa .y Yo no salgo porque yo tome La foto pero ya listos en La Pachanga de santa BarbaraPosted by Marianita Carrillo Teodoro on Saturday, 14 May 2016
Want to make new memories at the best party in town? La Pachanga is your answer! Attracting some of the world’s best music in the electronic and house genre, the DJs will rev you up making sure you have one of the unforgettable, best nights of your life. Scratch off your other plans from your to-do list and head to La Pachanga that has hosted parties, which could make for great moments on your social media space.
Address: 518 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, USA
Website: La Pachanga
7. Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Make Soho Restaurant & Music Club your best bet when you are in Santa Barbara, to let your hair down and have some fun. Enjoy a vibrant evening with an awesome dance and music that will allow your two left feet to straighten up and enable you to break a leg to the sound of music. Experience amazing live music from bands nightly, but you also won’t be disappointed by DJs at Soho Restaurant & Music Club who will keep you either tapping your feet, bouncing your head, or dancing all night.
Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Address: 1221 State St #205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Website: Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Opening hours: 6pm - 1am (daily)
Endless fun in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is a city that swoops in the day through the night at total ease. The city will immerse you in joy with live music and never-ending dancing that goes until dawn. Find your favorite, a niche that connects you truly, with boutique clubs or go all out in classic, mainstream spaces, which reigns in the crown repeatedly. Our list of these top spots should help you with your dilemma in narrowing down your plans for the weekend in Santa Barbara. For more dining scenes, check out the top vegan restaurants and restaurants with a view!
Get Trip101 in your inbox