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Santa Barbara Nightlife

Blue Agave
20 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 805 899 4694

Gen Xers to boomers love the elegant but relaxed atmosphere of this cool bar/restaurant with rich leather couches, dark woods, high ceilings, an upstairs fireplace lounge, and a smoking balcony. Come here for reasonably priced food with a continental drift, an incredible tequila selection, and designer drinks, such as the French Lemonade, Blood Orange, and Mexico City martinis (tequila, cranberry juice, triple sec and a twist of lime).

Open daily 4:30 to 11:30 pm.

Dargan's Irish Pub
18 E. Ortega Street
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 805 568 0702

You can get your Guinness, Murphy's, Smithwick's, and Irish whiskey here, along with shepherd's pie, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. A lively pub with four pool tables, Dargan's has themed fun, such as dart night on Tuesdays and Irish fiddlers on Thursdays. Foggy Dew, a local Irish folklore and music band, plays regular Saturday gigs.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 4:30 pm to 2 am, Fridays through Sundays 11:30 am to 2 am.

EOS Lounge
500 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 805 564 2410

EOS is a sleek party lounge that morphs into a dance club hosted by the area's hottest DJs around 10 pm. This place is one of downtown's scenier spots, but the vibe—and the door policy—is as relaxed as the beach town itself. You're just as likely to find a red-nosed tourist knocking back a Heineken as you are a local in Hugo Boss flip-flops sipping organic cocktails inspired by seasonally correct ingredients. Guests gravitate to the heated outdoor patio, decked out in Mediterranean island scheme with burbling fountains, an al fresco fireplace, and plenty of pillow-strewn booths for kicking back.

Open Thursdays and Fridays 5 pm to 2 am, Saturdays 8 pm to 2 am.

434 State Street
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 805 962 0154

A departure from those lower State Street bars filled with college kids wearing shorts and backward caps, Indochine is a boutique Champagne-and-vodka lounge/club with Chinese and Thai furnishings, gigantic terra-cotta statuary, and Santa Barbara's coolest bar top, a mosaic of crushed glass salvaged from old stoplights in San Francisco.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays 9 pm to 2 am.

801 State Street
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 805 884 1190

Rocks has three bars, patio seating, indoor dining upstairs, and a nightclub downstairs with live music and guest DJs (expect anything from rock'n'roll to hip-hop and jazz). The most popular martini lounge in town, it's a magnet for young professionals, who sip Crushed Velvet martinis made from fresh blackberries while they check things off today's to-do list or contemplate tomorrow's.

Wildcat Lounge
15 West Ortega Street
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 805 962 7970

Think red vinyl walls, college kids mixed with locals, and some drop-in celebs such as Jimmy Fallon, the Wayans Brothers, and Maroon 5, and that's just a snapshot. Every night is different: eclectic deejays on Monday, local bands/artists on Tuesday, and go-go dancers and big-name guest deejays on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sometimes, bands playing the Santa Barbara Bowl have their after-parties at the Wildcat.

Open daily 4 pm to 2 am.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.