SANTA BARBARA FUNK ZONE – BEST SPOTS TO EAT, DRINK AND DISCOVER

by Aug 18, 2020Guides, Interesting Wine Info, Santa Barbara

Nestled on a pristine stretch of California’s coastline, Santa Barbara offers spectacular beaches, soaring mountains, and a vibrant wine and culinary scene known as the Santa Barbara Funk Zone.

The Santa Barbara Funk Zone is a trendy cultural district located near lower State Street and the Santa Barbara waterfront. This funky collection of converted historical marine structures and industrial buildings offers an eclectic mix of exceptional wineries & tasting rooms, galleries, shops, innovative restaurants, and craft breweries.

Here you’ll find a vibrant and evolving neighborhood with over 15 wineries and wine tasting rooms, breweries serving craft beers, innovative restaurants, art, and shops. This collaborative winemaking community showcases all six of Santa Barbara’s AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) with over 70 varietals of grapes.

Explore creative culinary talent, superb craft beers, and world-class Sta. Rita Hills wines all within this 10-block area.

Covid-19 Update- Santa Barbara Funk Zone is Open

Santa Barbara County leisure travel is now permitted, however, there are still important health orders in place. Social distancing and masks are required.

As of 8/15/20, Santa Barbara Funk Zone hotels, shops, beaches, golf courses are open. The outdoor spaces and patios only (no inside) are open to customers for restaurants, breweries, and winery tasting rooms. It is recommended to call ahead and confirm that if the establishment is opened or if their hours have changed.

SANTA BARBARA FUNK ZONE WINERIES AND TASTING ROOMS

Area 51

  • 28 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 963-9633
  • Open daily 11a–7p

For something different, visit Area 51 wines for this alien-themed tasting room. The room is adorned with Martian pictures and “Top Secret Wine Menus” like “Conspiracy Red”  and is there is no outside seating and it’s usually open later than other tasting rooms.

Cork ‘n Crowns

  • 32 Anacapa
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 845-8600
  • Open Everyday from 11 am to 8 pm

Corks n’ Crowns features a wide selection of small production, hard-to-find, award-winning wines from California best small wineries. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy Craft Beers from across the country, each selection produced by small, independent brewers who use only traditional ingredients and time-honored methods.

DV 8 Cellars

  • 28 Anacapa Street, Suite C
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-966-6601
  • Sunday-Thursday 12p-6p
  • Friday & Saturday 12p-7p

DV 8 produces ultra-premium wines in a style reminiscent of the wine from the Rhone Valley of France mixed with the new world, big bold Rhone varietals from California’s Central Coast. Syrah, Grenache, GSM Blend, Viognier, Roussanne, Rose, and our new Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir. DV8 is a dog-friendly tasting room in the Funk Zone.

Fox Wine Co.

  • Inside the Waterline
  • 120 Santa Barbara Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-699-6329
  • Mon – Thurs & Sun 11am – 6pm
  • Fri & Sat (summer hours) 12pm – 7pm

Located inside of the “Waterline”, a cool industrial building that includes Topa Topa Brewery, Lama Dog Tap, shops, artists, and the Nook Eatery.

Fox previously won winemaker of the year and produces small lot, limited quantities of 15 different varietals including Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Rose, Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir. While sipping, enjoy the food from the Nook Restaurant their small selection of snack food items.

J. Wilkes Wine

  • Hotel California, 35 State Street Suite B,
  • Santa Barbara, CA,
  • (805) 318-6680
  • Daily: 12pm-7pm

The J. Wilkes Tasting Room is part of the beautiful Hotel Californian property. The Tasting Room features a fun modern Industrial Chic décor theme. The tasting room offers a rare educational wine tasting opportunity with, vinyl night, live music, outdoor seating, and an indoor fireplace.

Principal varieties include; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Zinfindel

Kunin Wines

  • 28 Anacapa Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 963-9633
  • Open daily 11a–7p

Known for producing small lots of Rhône-style wines made with old-world sensibility from the Central Coast’s best vineyards. Varietals include Viognier, Syrah and Zinfandel, as well as blends

Lafond Winery

  • 111 East Yanonali Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-845-2020
  • Sunday-Thursday 10a-6p,
  • Friday-Saturday 10a-7p

Lafond tasting room is located in the heart of the Funk Zone and produces award winning Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay at the estate winery in Sta. Rita Hills. Lanford practices sustainability farming at its vineyards.

Margeum Wine Company

  • 19 Mason Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 845-8435

Located at the Hotel Californian, Margerum’s tasting room offers highly-rated Santa Barbara County Rhône Blends, Riviera Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and other wines in a beautiful setting complete with heated patio, wine bar, a mezzanine, and small bites.

Margerum Wine Company produces limited quantities of wines made from grapes grown both their Estate Vineyard and grapes purchased from other top vineyards from in and around Santa Barbara County. The 18-acre Estate Vineyard on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara is planted exclusively to Rhône grape varietals.

Melville Wine Tasting

  • 805-770-7952
  • 120 State St. Suite C,
  • Santa Barbara, CA

 Melville’s Tasting Room is located on Santa Barbara’s famous State Street just blocks for the wharf. The comfortable and welcoming environment showcases their 100 % estate-grown Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Sparkling Rosé. The Melville Winery and 120-acre vineyard is located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara County.

Municipal Winemakers

  • 22 Anacapa Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-931-6864
  • Sunday–Wednesday 11a–8p
  • Thursday–Saturday 11a-11p

Municipal sources its grapes from Rodney’s and Tierra Alta Vineyards in Santa Barbara County and produces a selection of red, white and sparkling wines.  This unpretentious tasting room offers a shaded patio right outside of the tasting room, one block from the ocean.

Oreana Winery

  • 205 Anacapa Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-962-5857
  • Sunday–Thursday 11a–6p
  • Friday–Saturday 11a–9p

Located in a converted tire shop, this active winery & tasting room focuses on Pinot Noir, Syrah, small-batch reds, and refreshing whites. Oreana is opened late on weekends and often offers live outdoor music on weekend days.

Pali Wine Co.

  • 116 East Yanonali Street’ Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-560-7254
  • Monday – Thursday 12p–7p
  • Friday 12p–9p, Saturday 11a–9p, Sunday 11a–8p

Pali Wine Co. produces premium single-vineyard and AVA-specific Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from various top West Coast vineyards. Focused Rhone and Bordeaux varietals from the Central Coast region. Pali also has a selection of “natural” produced wines.

Pali is a Lompoc-based winery, on the western edge of the iconic Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County. Almost two-thirds of Pali’s wine is made from fruit from its own vineyards, where only healthy farming techniques are used.

Paradise Springs Winery

  • 210 State Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • (805)-690-3650

The first bi-coastal winery in the United States with operations in both Santa Barbara, California, and Virginia. This stylish tasting room produces chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Bordeaux varietals such as Grenache, Mourvedre, Rousanne, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc from grapes grown in the Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVAs.

The Paradise Springs tasting room is kid and dog friendly and small selection of snack food items, along with cheese and charcuterie boards in various sizes. The winery’s production facility is located in Buellton, California

Riverbench Tasting Room

  • 137 Anacapa St. Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • (805) 324-4100

Riverbench is noted for their certified sustainable winery focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wines from a single vineyard on the bank of the ancient Sisquoc River in the southeastern edge of the Santa Maria Valley, the northernmost AVA in Santa Barbara County. Their premium sparkling wine is inspired by centuries of sparkling winemaking history in Champagne, France.

Riverbench is located on Yan   Street and has an outdoor sitting area that has been opened and available for tastings (when allowed) during Covid-19.

Santa Barbara Wine Collective

  • 131 Anacapa St., Ste C,, Santa Barbara CA 93101
  • 805.456.2700
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11AM to 6PM

Located behind Figueroa Mountain Brewery, this local venue offers wines from five local wineries, including Fess Parker, Babcock, The Paring and Notary Public representing an excellent opportunity to learn about the diversity of Santa Barbara’s wine country. The is a great outdoor seating area. Try the hand-crafted, made from scratch, baked sweet and savory treats from the Helena Avenue Bakery in the same building.

Santa Barbara Winery

  • 202 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 963-3633
  • Sunday–Thursday 10a–6p
  • Friday & Saturday 10a-7p

Founded in 1962, the Santa Barbara Winery is the oldest winery in the county and has influenced the development of the Santa Ynez Valley as a world-class growing region. Visit our production and tasting room and taste a bit of history amongst the wine barrels.

Santa Barbara Winery offers award-winning wines made from such familiar grapes as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Late Harvest Riesling and more. All of the grapes used are sourced from estate vineyards and neighboring vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

The tasting room is located in the winery itself. You can enjoy a flight of the current vintage while watching the next vintage being made.

Principal varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Muscat Orange, Nebbiolo, Petite Syrah, Petite Verdot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Riesling

The Valley Project / AVA Santa Barbara

  • 116 East Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 453-6768
  • Open daily 12p–7p

This contemporary tasting room features the wines of The Valley Project, an ongoing exploration of Santa Barbara County terroirs and mission to showcase Santa Barbara County’s diverse Viticultural Areas. Taste small-batch wines from each of the region’s six AVAs. There is a floor to ceiling mural that guides visitors through the county’s diverse AVA wine regions one glass at a time.

SANTA BARBARA FUNK ZONE BREWERIES – CRAFT BEER

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

  • 137 Anacapa Street, Suite F, Santa Barbara CA
  • (805) 324-4461
  • Monday- Thursday 3pm-8pm, Friday-Sunday 12-9pm

 Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.’s Santa Barbara taproom features indoor and outdoor table seating with their core beers on tap and ready “to go” in bottles. Choose from a rotating list of specialty and cask beers found only in our taprooms. If you need a beer “to go” you can grab a growler, crowler or bottles,

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Brass Bear Brewing

  • 28 Anacapa St #E,  Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 770-7651
  • M-T 4 – 8 PM
  • Friday – Sunday 12 – 8 PM

 Brass Bear Brewing serves high-quality craft beer and rotating guest taps, wine, sparkling, and cider. Food consists of charcuterie boards, skewers of tri-tip, chicken, shrimp, occasionally shark, burgers, and hot toasted sandwiches sourced from Santa Barbara and surrounding counties.

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Topa Topa Brewing Co.

  •  120 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 324 4150
  • Mon-Thurs: 3-8pm
  • Fri-Sat: 12-9pm
  • Sun: 12-8pm

Located inside of the “Waterline”, a cool industrial building that includes Fox Wine, Lama Dog Tap, shops, artists, and the Nook Eatery.Choose from 16 rotating taps of hand-crafted beers.

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Lama Dog Tap Room

  •  116 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara CA
  • 805.880.3364
  • SUNDAY-THURSDAY 11:30-8PM
  • FRIDAY + SATURDAY 11:30-9PM

 20 revolving craft beers on tap, 4 varieties of wine on tap, and a bottle shop full of craft beer from around the world.

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Rincon Brewery

  • 205 Santa Barbara St #1B, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 869-6627
  • Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

 CRAFT BREWERY, RESTAURANT, AND TAP ROOM WITH CENTRAL COAST FLAVOR. Known for a cozy “SB” patio offering delicious craft panini’s and flatbreads, not to mention all your favorite RB Beers. Hormone & antibiotic-free beef, poultry, & pork – as well as use Non-GMO cooking oil.

SANTA BARBARA FUNK ZONE DISTILLERY

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Cutler’s Artisan Spirits

  • 137 Anacapa St. Suite D, Santa Barbara California
  • 805-845-4040

 Cutler’s Artisan Spirits is a small scale Craft Distillery dedicated to producing top-quality spirits, using fresh local ingredients. You can visit the distillery and sample your favorite spirits at the distiller’s small gift shop and tasting room.

SANTA BARBARA FUNK ZONE RESTAURANTS

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Goat Tree

  • 36 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 882-0137
  • Open 7AM – 8PM Daily

 A gourmet café with alfresco seating offering fresh, local fare, including superb pastries and baked goods, cold-pressed juices and coffee, seasonally curated picnic baskets, and a full breakfast menu, all with a hint of Mediterranean culinary influence.

Helena Avenue Bakery

  • 131 Anacapa St., Ste C,
  • Santa Barbara CA
  • OPEN THURS-MON 8 AM to 2:30 PM

Helena Avenue Bakery shares a space with the Santa Barbara Wine Collective Helena Avenue Bakery is a homestyle artisan bakery and kitchen that brings together wholesome, homemade specialties using the highest quality ingredients found along the Central Coast.  The Bakery offer rustic, organic breads, handmade seasonal pastries made from scratch and a wide variety of gourmet breakfast and lunch items made to order. The menu is ideal for dining in or taking away to enjoy at home, at wine tasting rooms throughout the Funk Zone or the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Lark

  • 131 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • 805-284-0370
  • Wednesday to Sunday | 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday – Saturday | 5pm – 10pm

Menus are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using the highest quality seasonal ingredients based on the abundant bounty of the Central Coast.  Our food is served family-style intended for sharing. The space was designed with an urban style that integrates vintage and repurposed materials for a sophisticated yet casual sensibility with a nod to our neighborhood’s industrial past.

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Loquita Santa Barbara

  • 202 State St,, Santa Barbara, CA
  •  (805) 880-3380
  • Thurs, Sun & Mon 5pm to 9pm
  • Fri & Sat 5pm to 10pm

 Loquita showcases authentic Spanish food including hot and cold tapas, wood-fired grilled seafood and meats, and seasonal paella. The Mediterranean climate and terroir of Santa Barbara County mirror that of Spain, making the translation of locally sourced produce, meats and seafood an ideal match. The wine list is comprised almost entirely of Spanish wines with exceptional local wines that pair well with the cuisine.

Lucky Penny

  •  127 Anacapa St.,, Santa Barbara, California
  • 805.284.0358
  • Weds, Thurs & Sun 11:30am-9pm
  • Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm

 Lucky Penny, located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, features innovative artisanal pizzas from a wood-burning oven, with locally sourced garden fresh salads, delicious hot & cold sandwiches, handmade sweet treats, beer, wine and the ever-popular Frosé. The exterior of our building is tiled with more than 150,000 real copper pennies that shimmer in the warm Central Coast sunshine.

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Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant

  • 216 E Yanonali St,, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-899-2300
  • M-F 8:30-5 and Sat 10-5.

 Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant is the result of years of research and planning combined with a passion for good simple food. Specialty foods, cheeses, charcuterie, imported items. Delicious lunches, salads, desserts, light breakfast. Eclectic wines, beers. Patio dining or take out for a picnic or wine country.

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The Nook

  • 116 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805.880.3365
  • Sunday – Thursday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm

 Flanked by two different taprooms, the Nook menu is filled with clean, inauspiciously presented, and accessibly priced dishes, perfect for either a grab and go lunch or a long dinner with friends over a beer or glass of wine.

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Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio

  • 220 Gray Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 256-7353
  • Tues – Sunday: 11 am to Late

Creative American food from regional ingredients and served on a large outdoor patio with local beers & wines.

Tyger Tyger

  • 121 East Yanonali St., Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805.880.4227
  • Limited Weekend Menu, New Each Week
  • Friday-Saturday 4pm-8pm
  • Sunday 11am-3pm

Tyger Tyger delivers elevated brunch, lunch, and dinner menus inspired by the bold flavors and exotic spices discovered in street food carts of southeast Asia in a casual counter-service cafe. Our menu is scratch-made from the year-round local bounty of fresh produce, seafood, and proteins of the Central Coast.

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Drinking Establishments

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Pearl Social

  • 131 Anacapa Street, Suite B,  Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • (805) 284-0380
  • Wednesday to Sunday | 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday – Saturday | 5pm – 10pm

Pearl Social is an intimate cocktail and music bar. Pearl Social is intended to be a place of connection for our community to come together in a social and convivial atmosphere.

 Music is a nightly feature of Pearl Social featuring jazz, blues, folk, rock, acoustic instrumental and vocal performances as well as DJs spinning favorite tunes.

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Captain Fatty’s Taproom

  • 214 State Street,, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-869-2820
  • M-TH 12-8, F-S 12-10, Sun 12-9.

 Offering 24 different craft beers and IPA’s at our Funk Zone taproom. Partnered with Santa Barbara Woodfire Pizza for dine-in

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Treats

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

  • 120 State St suite b, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 324-4061

 The Finest Ice Cream made from scratch. Dense and pure-flavored, with smooth, consistent texture and a rich, velvety mouthfeel. 70-years of craft, pushing for something greater, and, with a few, simple ingredients, ending up someplace magical.

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Monkeyshine

  • 121 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 880-4228

 Monkeyshine is an innovative organic soft serve ice cream concept flavored with Asian spices and ingredients.

SANTA BARBARA FUNK ZONE ART

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Funk Factory

  • 208 Gray Ave, Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 770-3011

The Funk Factory features a fine arts gallery, art studio and events space. The experience involves a trip through the exhilarating splatter-paint chamber where guests get hands-on designing and creating their own apparel and canvasses

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Santa Barbara Funk Zone Murals

In Santa Barbara, it’s hard to walk two blocks without encountering a mural. As you walk within the Funk Zone on the way to the next tasting room, take time to enjoy the amazing murals that seem to be everywhere.

SANTA BARBARA FUNK ZONE ACTIVITIES

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MOXI – The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation

  • 125 State St, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805.770.5000
  • Adults (13+): $16 / Children (3 – 12): $12 / Children (2 and under): Free

 Ignite your mind at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, Santa Barbara’s one-of-a-kind destination for hands-on scientific and creative experiences. Located in the flourishing Funk Zone neighborhood, MOXI invites kids, families and curious minds of all ages to explore more than 17,000 square feet of immersive activities.

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Reagan Ranch Center

  • 217 State Street
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • 888-872-1776

Galleries feature original Reagan Ranch artifacts matched with state-of-the-art, interactive, multimedia exhibits that highlight the history of Ronald Reagan’s quarter-century at Rancho del Cielo and the accomplishments of his presidency.

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Wheel Fun Rentals

  • 24 E. MASON ST., Santa Barbara, CA
  • 805-966-2282
  • MON – THUR: 10AM – 5PM
  • FRI – SUN: 10AM – 7PM

Get out and explore Santa Barbara and the Beach. Bike, electric bike, Surry, and electric vehicle rentals one block from the beach. Miles of beautiful Santa Barbara beach front bike paths.

SANTA BARBRA FUNK ZONE SHOPS

The Blue Door

  • 4 E Yanonali St., Santa Barbara
  • M-Sat 10a-6p, Sun 11a-5p
  • (805) 364-5144

3 floors of vintage and modern collections in the Funk Zone

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