There was several times while living in SB/IV that I witnessed the “glowing tides.” This is when bioluminescence occurs when there is a large concentration of a certain type of phytoplankton is brought up to the crashing surf. Result: at night, the “white water” part of the waves crashing lights up likes a glow stick!!! Sometimes it is pretty bright as well.
I do not know the rhyme or reason of this occurrence… but spend enough of nights on the beach and you will eventually see it.
There is only one place to go out in Santa Barbara, or I should say, one street called State Street. State Street starts at Stearn’s Warf (where the statue of dolphins are), and runs directly away from the ocean. On State Street, you will find a plethora of restaurants, bars, clubs, etc… most of the places are smaller, some have a small dance floor, and others are just a pub. There are also place off of State Street, but most are within eyesight.
The only thing I would keep in mind for some of the more “mature” traveler or vacationer, these bars caters to the college crowds. This may or may not be deterrent from going out on the town… but it is still fun to do.
I listed a website below that has pictures and all the main bars/clubs
Dress Code: A nice thing about SB, it is both VERY casual and dressy. Wear what you want, and you will find someplace that matches.
There r many pub, in the main way, it's easy to recognize, just lot of people around! :)
Just be careful not to be catch drunk while driving, policemen are really checking it and arresting u!!!!!
(i wasn't arrested... :)) ) but got a fine with the car....
A whole street full of house parties thrown by UCSB students. Absolutely thronged with young people most weekend nights, with people just wandering from one party to the next. Invites are generally not an issue. All the houses on the West side of the street are built into the cliff overlooking the beach and the Pacific.
Dress Code: none
The good-bad thing about Southern California is that you must smoke outdoors or have smoking lodging, not that I like smoking, just a rights struggle between the business owners and some patrons and patrons excess health advocates, lawyers, and employee unions. So it is a good idea because now if the law were changed back still many spots would stay non-smoking (but that will never happen because they say people die even if they are not smokers after working for 30 years in a very deep fog of cigarette smoke (no mater how many fans, blowers, and air exchanges per hour an owner may have designed and runs his ventalations systems). I think you can also smoke in public garages where cars park, but probably only in your car with your windows up. Okay you can see this kind of distrubs me, but shouldn't an owner be able to set up a room with an updraft so at eye level standing up 2 feet from a smoker there is 1000 times less smoke than one cigarette in a non vented 50 ft. by 50 ft. room for an hour - equivalant?
DONE - won't say any more, except one more paragraph below and thank goodness New York, Florida, or European People are not so psyched. (In Calfornia you can have personal freedom as long as it does not hurt others nor take dollars from the local goverment in chasing away tourists (!!!)!
Smoking - But since most of the year it is dry and warm this is not a problem. Half the nightspots have a table or two where you can smoke next to the sidewalk but be on the property having a drink.
If you are 21 to 40 or so the downtown near 500 blocks is the place to be. Disco and some music and happy hours.. Check it out on Thursday or Wed. and then if you must go to one spot make sure you get there before most of the locals get there around 9:30 (8:30 on 'US holidays/festival days') or you many both pay a cover charge and have from 30 minutes to 2 hours to wait or more.
Warning Fake ID's get you a big fine and possibly more and don't drink and drive (they set up and will catch you with frequent check points)
For the 30+ types, Joe's, El Paseo, Left at Alberqure, Blue Agava, and a Place next to the Montecito Inn (?) are most of the spots, usually easy to start up a conversation cept maybe Paseo. I guess some like to go to Blue Shark Bistro, Roys, and Jimmy's Oriental Garden. Bikers go to the Creekside and sometimes to a place along the main parallel street to the highway in Carpenteria.
All kinds of people and half the places have 'backyard' patios open to the air (hint- I was not going to mention it again).
Dress Code: Leather is always good, otherwise anything goes, good looking club wear! (ask/see a college student). Some places require no jeans nor t-shirts nor 'gang wear-bandanas'. All of these are out of style anyway, in case you did not know. You can probably buy something at Macys or the other stores which should do you well.
Santa Barbara city centre offers some good bars and dance places...in fact i got hooked in one of these places and spend all the night in it till early morning......fantastic evening to remember!
I like this club. It has a chic look without being too stuck up and a healthy crowd that's not just a bunch of college kids.
Dress Code: Look good, people are watching.
State Street is a good nightlife spot: a lot of restaurants and shopping and oppurtunity for you to stroll after dinner. The displays in store windows are wonderful.