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What are the Best Santa Barbara Bars on State Street?

If you’re looking for the best bars in Santa Barbara, make your way over to State Street! Whether you are searching for Spanish-style cocktails, craft brews, or refreshing Santa Barbara wines, we know where you can find them all.

A List of the Best State Street Santa Barbara Bars

The Good Lion

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Hours: 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)

If you are looking for the best craft cocktails in Santa Barbara, you’ll find them at The Good Lion. This neighborhood cocktail bar features an array of classic and inventive drinks. Made with rosemary-infused vodka, lemon, dry curaçao, honey, and absinthe, the Rosemary Clooney comes highly recommended!


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Hours: Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

The Sandbar is hands-down Santa Barbara’s favorite tequila bar. Here, you can enjoy Sanora-style cuisine and some of the best margaritas in California. The Sandbar is a full-service restaurant by day and a thriving destination for dancing and live music by night.

Santa Barbara Wine Therapy

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Hours: Sunday through Thursday: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Friday & Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

If wine bars are more your style, we have the perfect place for you. Santa Barbara Wine Therapy is one of the city’s hidden gems and home to the most refreshing sangria that you could ever hope for. Come enjoy a therapy session filled with wine, live music, and more at this one-of-a-kind State Street bar. Craft beer is also available.

The Red Piano

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, The Red Piano offers 3 shows a day. The first show starts at 1:00 p.m. and is followed by the second show at 4:00 p.m., with the final show at 8:00 p.m. The music plays until 1:00 a.m.!

If you love great music, singing, and dancing, then waltz your way on over to The Red Piano! This all-request piano bar is where music lovers unite in Santa Barbara. Here, you will find an upscale, high-energy atmosphere along with classic cocktails, like moscow mules, amaretto sours, and paper planes.

We are Your Home Base

Located only a few blocks away from State Street in the heart of downtown, The Cheshire Cat Inn is the perfect home base for exploring Santa Barbara’s bar and restaurant scene. All of our guests enjoy an array of special amenities including complimentary breakfast, a wine tasting hour with tasty hors d’oeuvres, and convenient on-site parking.

After enjoying the downtown nightlife, head home to the Tweedledum Suite. This luxurious hideaway features a grand separate master bedroom with king bed, in room Jacuzzi tub, a walk-in closet, and more. Check our availability today! We can’t wait to host you at the Cheshire Cat Inn!


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