11 Best Bars in The Central Coast, California

1122 Speakeasy

Press the doorbell and request permission to enter this elegant, 1930s-era cocktail lounge and speakeasy on the back patio of Pappy McGregor's Pub on the main square. It has just 28 seats, so be prepared to wait in line on weekend nights.

Draughtsmen Aleworks

A low-key taproom with board and card games for entertainment, Draughtsmen pours its own craft beer, wine, cider, and hop tea. At the main taproom in Goleta, you can view the brewing facilities and sometimes take a tour.

Joe's Cafe

Steins of beer and stiff cocktails accompany hearty bar food at Joe's. It has a fun, if occasionally rowdy, collegiate scene.

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M. Special Brewing Company

A favorite stop on the local beer trail, this lively taproom has more than a dozen craft beers and live music on weekends. A second taproom (and the main brewery) is in Goleta, near UCSB.

Milk & Honey

Artfully prepared tapas, mango mojitos, and exotic cocktails lure trendy crowds to swank M&H, despite high prices and a reputation for inattentive service.


Indulge in craft and vintage cocktails at the Granada Hotel's artsy cocktail lounge, decked out in velvet, mirrored ceilings, and marble tables and countertops.

Sidecar Cocktail Company

Sidecar serves farm-fresh meals and small plates along with inventive cocktails and 16 beers on tap, most of them local. There's a daily happy hour, too.


A lively restaurant, bar, and music venue, SOhO books all kinds of musical acts, from jazz to blues to rock.

The Good Lion

The cocktail menu at this intimate neighborhood bar near The Granada Theatre changes seasonally, depending on what's available at the local produce markets. All juices are organic and squeezed fresh daily, and all syrups are made in-house with organic produce and sweeteners.

The Libertine Brewing Company

Come to Libertine to savor 76 craft beers and wines on tap, house-made brews of kombucha and cold brew coffee, and pub food infused with the brewery's own wild ales.

The Rock

Home to SLO Brew's 30-barrel brewing and tasting facility near the airport, the Rock has a beer garden, restaurant, and regular live-music performances.