Founded in the 1800s, the Lobero Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theater in California. Originally founded in 1873 and rebuilt in 1924, it is recognized as one of Santa Barbara's architectural jewels. It is also a state and city landmark. Local and visiting acts perform at the Lobero - ranging from State Street Ballet to Mikhail Baryshnikov to Dizzy Gillespie.
The best live music venue in Santa Barbara! This outdoor amphitheater has an aerial view of the city, multiple concessions stands and wonderful accommodations. Bands big and small (but mainly big) play at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The concert season typically runs from April through September; check the website for the most up-to-date concert lineup.
No matter what night you step into Soho, you'll be regaled by live music and have access to fresh, Californian cuisine. A clean-lined interior welcomes visitors to relax into Thai shrimp, roasted chicken or a petite filet mignon and enjoy the strains of jazz, reggae, blues, folk, rock or world music. All musical tastes are accommodated, and a lovely patio calls to patrons when the weather's nice.
The best place to hear live music on State Street, this thumping club promises high-energy entertainment and an enthusiastic clientele. Known for its powerful sound system, Velvet Jones puts its speakers to good use with top DJs and amazing bands, from local acts on the rise to national headliners.
When the day's over and folks need a place to kick back for an evening or a few hours, they often migrate to this inviting pub. Hanging out and downing brews with friends appeals to many. Others take advantage of dart boards, pool tables and the live bands who play almost every night of the week.
This character-laden restaurant and entertainment venue welcomes everyone from professionals to motorcycle-riders. It's a long-time favorite for game offerings, live music and weekend breakfasts. Live bands play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Quail, rabbit and bear go hand-in-hand with steaks, burgers and other American fare.
Are you looking for an eclectic place to enjoy a drink (and maybe a nibble) in Santa Barbara? Somewhere fun and exciting that's a little bit off the beaten path? Then pop into Reds Bin 211 in the Funk Zone. This bar and tapas place is just steps away from the more bougie wine-tasting spots that have popped up in the last few year. It serves hard alcohol, in addition to wine and beer.
If you're planning on spending a Thursday night in Santa Barbara this summer, don't miss your opportunity to embrace a little al fresco fun at Chase Palm Park. Starting in late June, the Parks & Recreation department hosts free weekly concerts at this park by the sea.
This funky little coffee house is a find! Only locals and in-the-know travelers visit this bohemian hideout a few blocks off bustling State Street in Santa Barbara. During the day, it's the perfect place to grab some caffeine and do some studying or chat with friends. There are indoor lounge areas and outdoor spaces, too.
Whiskey Richard's is a bar and music venue on lower State Street. It is dark and welcoming for a night of casual drinking. They have pool tables, pinball and a photo booth. Drinks are strong and prices are fair. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. Live bands play there frequently at night, usually with a rock or punk rock vibe.