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A Guide to a Day in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone

April 7th, 2020 by Prontopia

If you're looking for something to do in Santa Barbara, spending a day in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone might just be the perfect choice. The Funk Zone is a converted-warehouse-filled district located between State Street and East Beach, full of tasting rooms, breweries, live music and entertainment, dining experiences, boutiques, and more. For visitors, especially, it's conveniently located adjacent to the Amtrak station and within walking distance to many popular hotels. Grab your friends, and here's a guide to spending a day in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone!

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Photo by @margerumwine on Instagram.


Start your morning with a cup of coffee and some breakfast at Helena Avenue Bakery, an artisan bakery complete with barn rafters, industrial cement, and alternative lighting fixtures. Choose a cozy seat indoors, or a breezy table on the patio - whatever your preference.

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Photo from @helenaavenuebakery on Instagram.

After that, head out for a walk along the beach-side Cabrillo Boulevard, enjoying the ocean breeze, the skaters performing tricks, and walk to the end of Stearn's Wharf. On Sunday, local artists set up shop along Cabrillo, showcasing everything from handmade jewelry to puppy portraits to original wood carvings. Talk about a perfect souvenir!


Once you've had your fill of ocean views for the morning, head back to the Funk Zone for some shopping. Head over to Loveworn for unique denim, The Shopkeeper for a boutique experience, and Seaside Makers Collective for handmade art.

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Photo by @monyssb on Instagram.

Grab some unique tacos at Corazon or an unforgettable burrito at Monys, and then get started on your wine tasting! Santa Barbara's wine country offers special growing conditions, producing a wonderful array of varietals to try. Make your rounds from Pali Winery and Oreana (both offer live music), to Margerum, Paradise Springs, and Santa Barbara Winery.

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Photo by @margerumwine on Instagram.


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Once you're ready for your evening to get started (maybe after a quick siesta at your hotel), it's time to choose your dinner location - there are plenty to choose from. The Lark is well-known in Santa Barbara for its uniquely-crafted family-style dishes, served in a dimly-lit, intimate environment. Tyger Tyger offers a more casual, but no less delicious, option. Flor de Maiz provides upscale Mexican cuisine near the water, and Bluewater Grill serves up the kind of seafood you would expect to eat while dining inside of a lighthouse!

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Photo by @tygertygersb on Instagram.

After dinner, bars and breweries start to come to life in the Funk Zone. If you're a fan of craft beer, head over to the adjacent Lama Dog and Topa Topa breweries, or Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Seven Bar often features live music and a bustling crowd, and Test Pilot is an island-themed bar specializing in rum-based drinks (often served in hollowed pineapples with fancy spoons).

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Photo by @testpilotbar on Instagram.

We hope you have a wonderful day spent in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone!

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