Best Santa Barbara Happy Hours for Every Occasion


A Guide to Socializing Like an Adult on a Student’s Budget


Best Happy Hour By Antioch University: Nectar Eatery & Lounge

With an early happy hour perfect for hitting after class, or the library, Nectar is home to some of the best cocktails in Santa Barbara. An upscale lounge with a relaxing vibe, their cozy booths are the perfect size for both you and your backpack.

Where: 20 E. Cota St

When: 5-6 pm Everyday.

What: Changes every month, but they feature discounts on drinks for $4-$7.

$5-10 Appetizers and food.

Must Try: The hummus and flatbread and the ginger-lemonade.


Best Happy Hour for Dinner and Drinks: Santa Barbara Fish House

Right by the pier, Fish House is always packed during their extra long happy hour. The place is spacious, with a casual atmosphere that’s perfect after a day at the beach, catching up with friends, or pre-gaming before the bars. The portions are generous, the drinks are strong, they give you free bread and who doesn’t love free bread?

Where: 101 East Cabrillo Blvd

When: Mon-Thur 4pm-close; Fri 4pm-8pm; Sat 11:30-5pm, Sun all day.

What: $5.50 Cocktails, $3.50-$5.50 beers, $18 pitchers.

$5.50-$9.50 Food and appetizers.

Must Try: The fish tacos, and the key lime martini.


Best Happy Hour for Date Night: Milk and Honey

A phenomenal Tapas restaurant, Milk and Honey boasts a dark and cozy atmosphere perfect for a date. All the plates can be shared, the drinks are fantastic, and with their well-timed happy hour, you can save a few bucks while still impressing your date.

Where: 30 West Anapamu Santa Barbara, CA 93101

When: 5-7 pm Mon-Sat.

What: $5-$7 Appetizers.

$5-$6 Wine and cocktails.

Must Try: The ginger mojito, and patatas bravas.


Best Saturday Happy Hour: Seven Bar & Kitchen

Right in the funk zone, Seven’s is the perfect spot to enjoy your Saturday while managing to save some money. Always packed with a lively crowd, their drinks are innovative, their food is surprisingly delicious, and their back patio is hard to beat on a sunny afternoon. They also double up as a great brunch place if you want to kick your weekend off early.

Where: 224 Helena Ave

When: Mon-Thur. 5-7 pm; Fri. 4-7 pm; Sat. & Sun. 10-3 pm.

What: $6 Beer, wine and craft cocktails.

$7 Food and appetizers.

Must Try: The house infused lemonade and the mac & cheese.


Best Late Night Happy Hour: Eureka

Eureka is easily one of the best happy hour deals in town, conveniently offered twice a day so you can’t miss it. The bartenders are sure to make the drinks strong, so it’s a great choice for pre-gaming before going out on the town.

Where: 601 Paseo Nuevo

When: 2-6 pm, 9-close Everyday.

What: $2 Off all draft beers, wine, and well liquor.

$5 Mimosas and bloody mary’s all day on weekends.

$5-$9 Food and appetizers.

Must Try: You really can’t go wrong with this menu, try it all.


About Author


Alicia Briggs

Alicia is a senior in the BA program at Antioch University Santa Barbara. She is studying Professional and Creative Writing and Psychology. Alicia grew up in Portland, Oregon and has also studied at Antioch Los Angeles. A social justice warrior from a young age, she is passionate about fighting for the under dog through writing, education and activism. Alicia currently writes for the Santa Barbara Independent as a News Intern. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending as much time exploring the outdoors as possible.

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