At Hotel Californian
"The best part of the Hotel Californian isn't its proximity (a thirty-second walk) to the Santa Barbara beach. But that's a good one... The best part is the Funk Zone. And it's one block from Hotel Californian."
- John Wogan, goop.com
120 State St. Ste C | 1 min. walk
Located in the State Building, Melville Winery Tasting Room offers some of the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer. Melville thoughtfully considers every aspect of viticulture, allowing the local soil, fruit and unique climate to produce world-class wines on a 120-acre estate. For over three decades Melville has produced award-winning cold-climate wines that reflect the unique terroir of this iconic region. Stop by and taste for yourself.
Located in the Californian Building, this family owned and operated American Tavern offers 30 local craft draft brews, in addition to a lengthy list of handcrafted cocktails. This gastropub also offers a wide selection of sharable appetizers, gourmet salads, pizzas, burgers, and more.
A Central Coast institution, McConnell’s has been producing the finest ice creams entirely from scratch right here in Santa Barbara since 1949. Taste signature flavors that feature locally-sourced produce and dairy from California’s happiest cows, as well as a variety of dairy-free options.
Great for first-time visitors and Santa Barbara veterans alike, the newly opened Visitor Center is the perfect place to get an overview of all there is to do in the American Riviera. Come by to pick up a map and gain local intel of Santa Barbara and the surrounding area.
Located in the Californian Building, J. Wilkes newly opened wine tasting room highlights their blends from Santa Barbara County and Paso Robles Highlands, with a focus on their home AVA: The Santa Maria Valley. Taste their preeminent products of Santa Barbara County winemaking.
Located just steps from the entrance to Hotel Californian, Margerum Wine Tasting Room offers an array of handcrafted wines with only the highest quality grapes that are exclusive to the Santa Barbara area. This upscale, inviting tasting room is led by Doug Margerum, a true iconoclast of Santa Barbara who has been involved in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for over 35 years. This is the perfect starting point for your Funk Zone adventure.
Funk Zone Hot Spots
"Hotel Californian is just a block from the buzzy, 12-square-block neighborhood and its 50-plus tasting rooms, breweries, art galleries and restaurants."
- Jen Murphy, Luxury Life Magazine
Highlights the unique terroir of Santa Barbara County, showcasing a wide variety of local, family-owned wineries that have produced the area’s best wines for generations, including eclectic blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bordeaux.
Explore this chic, upscale tasting room in the heart of the Funk Zone, featuring a selection of handmade wines with different blends of grapes from carefully selected vineyards. With a variety of Grenache, Syrah and Riesling wines, including blends from the local Potek and Fox Family Vineyards, you’ll feel like a true Santa Barbara local by the end of your visit.
A Funk Zone institution, Lama Dog showcases the best of California’s craft beverage scene, with 24 seasonally rotating craft beers and wines on tap. Their bottle shop is also a must-stop for craft beer fanatics, offering a nearly endless supply of world-class beverages for enjoyment off-premises in the comfort of your home (or Hotel Californian guestroom).
Craving a handcrafted cocktail tiki-style? Transport yourself to the tropics at Test pilot, featuring a wide variety of exotic cocktails at this tiki-style watering hole. Whether you are seeking a traditional Mai Tai, or a more adventurous Brass Monkey cocktail with amaro meletti, orange cordial, grapefruit, orgeat, lime, bitters, and a pint of beer, Test Pilot is your go-to spot for out-of-the-box cocktails.
Whether you stumble upon this tasting room on a marathon tour of Santa Barbara’s historic Urban Wine Trail or you’ve made the more intentional decision to stop by for a sip, Seth Kunin’s superb Syrah, Zinfandel, Viognier and small batch Rhone and Loire Valley wines may convince you to leave with a case.
Santa Barbara's first distillery, Culter’s produces top-quality spirits, including a New-Western style gin that features locally grown California citrus delicately paired with elderflower, jasmine and cardamom. Experience a modern take on traditional liqueurs, whiskeys, vodkas and gin as you make your way through the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, or hit the bottle of 33 Bourbon Whiskey in your guestroom minibar.
Your go-to Funk Zone spot for some of the best tacos in town. The options are endless, with a one-of-a-kind salsa bar featuring unique flavors such as pistachio salsa, peanut salsa, and mango salsa. All of your favorite tacos are at Mony’s, including some of the best fish tacos in Santa Barbara county.
This upscale Funk Zone antique store is teeming with three stories of vintage mid-century modern furniture and classic American artifacts. You won’t find any junk in this funk; all items are authentic and well-preserved. Be prepared to hold yourself back from filling your home with these classic treasures.
A women’s clothing boutique that is quintessentially Santa Barbaran. Owned and curated by two local women, Sirena has created a “fresh, approachable, and fun” shopping experience that will inspire self-confidence and push the limits of your style, just a touch.
Need the perfect board to drop into renowned Santa Barbara surf? Want to take home some classic Californian surf wear? Channel Islands Surfboards is a world-famous designer and manufacturer—and a Santa Barbara icon since 1969—complete with friendly and approachable staff that will help determine which board is perfect for you. For the pros: check out their website to build a custom board prior to your arrival.
Founded in 1981, Raoul Textiles has gained recognition worldwide for its signature vibrant colors and innovative designs. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, founder and designer Sally McQuillan’s Funk Zone outpost showcases a mind-numbing array of woven fabrics from Belgium, Scotland, and France.
Area 5.1 Winery
Purveyor of unique blends and distinctive varietals
Corks n' Crowns
Casual tasting room offering fine wine and craft beer flights
Fox Wine Co. and Blair Fox Cellars
Funk Zone mainstay located in the heart of the Waterline industrial warehouse
Lafond Winery & Vineyards
One of Santa Barbara’s oldest operating and most iconic wineries
Dedicated to showcasing the Central Coast’s seemingly endless variety of wines
Pali Wine Company
Maker of single-vineyard and West Coast AVA-specific varietals
Paradise Springs Winery
The country’s first bi-coastal winery, with outposts in the Funk Zone and Clifton, VA
Riverbench Santa Barbara
Producer of Santa Maria Valley wines from a single vineyard
Santa Barbara Winery
Beloved Funk Zone winery since 1962
The Valley Project
Winemaker showcasing the five AVAs of Santa Barbara
Bars & Breweries
Brass Bear Brewing & Bistro
Rotating tap beer house serving American bites
Goleta-based microbrewery co-tenant’s with Mexican street food hot-spot Corazon Cocina
Topa Topa Brewing Company
Tap room for this Ventura-based brewery that welcomes dogs on the patio
Restaurants & Cafes
Dart Coffee Roasters
Located within the trendy Tyger Tyger restaurant, this specialty coffee roaster offers the highest quality espresso drinks, coffees, and teas
Helena Avenue Bakery
A Funk Zone staple, this maker of artisan house-baked breads and pastries is a social hub for locals and Funk Zone visitors alike
Shalhoob's Funk Zone Patio
Santa Barbara’s premier meat company, serving up made delicious snacks, sandwiches, BBQ, craft beer and more on their open-air patio just outside the main cutting room
Hip local spot for southeast Asian cuisine in casual counter-service
Funk Zone vintage clothing store offering unique and throwback items, denim, art, and accessories
Flagship store for an iconic California cool manufacturer of timeless vulcanized sneakers
Funk Zone men's clothing store offering denim, boots, watches, and accessories all geared towards style and functionality
Boutique clothing and accessory store that focuses on Central Coast lifestyle goods, located above Pali Wine and The Valley Project
Funk Zone clothing and home accessories store that also features an impressive selection of imported beer
Urban Wine Trail
"The Martyn Lawrence Bullard-designed gem is in the heart of the city's urban wine trail, where you can spend an evening swinging from one tasting room to the next mapping out the wineries you'd like to hit on your way north."
- Phoebe Neuman, Robb Report
Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail offers the opportunity to learn about and taste the the many different varieties and styles crafted from the region's premier vineyards. Thirty-one wineries now make up the renowned trail, numbered in the order they joined. Hotel Californian is centrally located to begin your journey on the trail. The map here shows just the wineries in the Funk Zone, surrounding the hotel. Click below to learn more about the Urban Wine Trail and see a full list of the wineries.
More to Explore in the American Riviera
Au Bon Climat
World-famous maker of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Dedicated to expressing the unique terroir of the Santa Rita Hills AVA
One-of-a-kind varietals sourced from the Forbidden Fruit Orchards in the Santa Ynez Valley
Deep Sea Tasting Room
Conway Family Wines’ outpost perched upon Stearns Wharf
Grassini Family Vineyards
High-quality producer of Happy Canyon estate-grown varietals
Happy Canyon Vineyard
Premium producer of estate-grown red and white wine blends
Jaffurs Wine Cellars
Downtown Santa Barbara maker of fine Rhone Style wines through a New World lens
Central Coast wines that express the unique terroir of individual vineyards
Dedicated purveyor of extraordinary wines located in a converted warehouse just steps from the Funk Zone
With over 40 years of history, this iconic vineyard has set the standard for producing fine Santa Barbara wines and is home to oldest Pinot Noir vines in the county
Laid-back tasting room with over 30 years of history producing handcrafted Santa Barbara wines
Bars & Breweries
Third Window Brewing
Unique in-house and guest taps and locals wines, serving wood-fired sourdough bread and pizzas
Modern Times Academy of Recreational Sciences
Santa Barbara outpost with over 30 taps, large outdoor patio, and all-vegan cuisine
Bars & Clubs
Nightclub and lounge with frequent DJs featuring 3 bars, 2 dance floors, an outdoor patio, and VIP service
The Glass House
Creative cocktail bar offering cozy and outdoor seating
The Good Lion
Contemporary cocktail bar featuring weekly rotating cocktail menu that highlights the Central Coast's finest fruits, herbs, spices, and produce
Speakeasy hidden inside a coffee house offering unique and tasty cocktails in an intimate setting
The Press Room
English-themed pub serving cocktails, beer, wine, and classic bar bites
Lower State Street cocktail staple, inspired by the Golden Age of Cuban cocktails and al fresco drinking
Neighborhood restaurant serving Neapolitan-style pizza
Locally caught seafood in hip, harborside location
Enterprise Fish Co.
Santa Barbara mainstay seafood eatery serving fresh, wild caught, and sustainable fish for over 40 years
La Super-Rica Taqueria
Julia Child's favorite taqueria
Counter service Mexican eatery offering street tacos with gourmet ingredients
Hip, lively Mexican spot offering a seafood-centric menu
Cajé Coffee Roasters
Hip craft coffee shop with ample outdoor seating
Dune Coffee Roasters
Home to several US finalist barista competitors, Dune is committed to sourcing the world’s finest direct trade coffees
With multiple locations throughout the city (and proudly brewed at Goat Tree!), this cycle-centric roastery is the pillar of the Santa Barbara craft coffee scene
Glenn Dallas Gallery
Gallery featuring contemporary art and global crafts, with regular events/exhibitions and pieces for sale
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Premier Central Coast contemporary art institution featuring a diverse array of world-class artists. MCASB offers free admission, with 8 - 10 exhibitions and over 30 special events each year
Santa Barbara Fine Art Gallery
Located in Santa Barbara's Historic Art District, this gallery celebrates the spirit of Santa Barbara through the eyes of local artists, showing off this city's rich art scene
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Comprised of 27,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, this museum features an impressive selection of classical antiquities, masterpieces of French Impressionism, prominent Latin American works, and promotes exhibitions that travel across the Americas and Europe
Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery
Fine art gallery with focus on American art from 1850 to present, mounting about 20 exhibitions each year and actively engaged in buying and selling
Located in a picturesque courtyard in the heart of Santa Barbara's Cultural Arts District, the gallery features some of the finest painters by nationally known artists from the Western States
10 West Gallery
Artist-owned contemporary fine art gallery in the Cultural Arts District that features works that complement modern architectural and interior design, with works for sale and a new exhibit each month
Diani Boutique / Living
Luxury lifestyle company that embodies inspiration, community, and experience through the curation of clothing, home decor, and wellness products
Italian Pottery Outlet
Large ceramic shop offering fine imported Italian pottery and volcanic tables at reasonable prices
Jake & Jones
Upscale boutique primarily curating clothing for women and high-end clothing for kids
Restored from the original 1904 building, The Mill is Santa Barbara's local artisan marketplace that manufactures and sells products on site, featuring Potek Winery and tasting bar, Third Window craft brewery and tap room, and event center--as well as design companies Becker Studios, Pelago, and AB Design Studio
Homegoods, clothing, and jewelry store that offers organic, fair trade, sustainable, and US made Central Coast inspired products
Iconic Santa Barbara record store selling new and used vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and turntables, as well as handmade ceramics, letterpress calendars and cards, textiles, lamps, books, and glassware--all handpicked for quality and craftmanship by the owners
Historic mission-style first-run film and concert venue
Santa Barbara’s premier performing arts venue
Founded in 1873 and rebuilt in 1924, this Santa Barbara gem is the oldest continuously operating theatre in California
Santa Barbara Bowl
At approximately a quarter of the size of its iconic Hollywood Hills relative to the south, uniquely intimate events at the Santa Barbara Bowl are not to be missed
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Family-friendly, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to encouraging innovation through hands-on experimentation and analysis
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