One of the newer and hipper neighborhoods you’ll find nestled in the small beach town of Santa Barbara happens to be the Funk Zone. Wineries, cafés, restaurants, shops, and breweries line the streets of the Funk Zone. It extends from the ocean to the mainland, and is located right off of the main street in town – State Street. Most importantly, and the reason why I spent so much time in this vibrant neighborhood, is because it is home to some of the best wine tasting rooms that Santa Barbara has to offer. Luckily I had three months to get to know most of the tasting rooms, and although I wasn’t able to make it to all of them, I have narrowed it down to the very best! There are 15 tasting rooms total which makes up a majority of Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail. Enjoy my favorite Funk Zone wineries and make sure to explore outside of my list as well! Cheers!
The Santa Barbara Funk Zone Wineries Worth Visiting
Cork n’ Crowns
Cork n’ Crowns boasts both local and international wines. This small tasting room has both a cozy indoor space complete with a fire place, plus a small patio space. An intimate and fun setting for all.
Hours of operation: Sunday-Saturday 1100-1900
Address: 32 Anacapa St
Deep Sea Tasting Room
Deep Sea Tasting Room is located on Stearn’s Wharf overlooking the Pacific Ocean. While the wine is sub-par, the views from the outdoor deck make up for it.
Hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday 1100-2000; Friday-Saturday 1100-2100
Address: 217 Stearns Wharf
Fox Wine Co.
You can find Fox Wine Co. in an industrial like building along with two separate bars and a clothing shop. Come for the lively, loud, and energetic atmosphere. If you’re looking for a quieter atmosphere to learn more about wine, head somewhere else in the Funk Zone instead.
Hours of operation: Sunday-Saturday 1200-2100
Address: 120 Santa Barbara St
Municipal boasts a great rustic-type atmosphere. The perfect tasting room to head to on a rainy and cloudy day, seeing as they have tons of space and games available to use.
Hours of operation: Sunday-Wednesday 1100-2000; Thursday-Saturday 1100-2300
Address: 22 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara Winery
In my opinion, Santa Barbara Winery is the best tasting room in the funk zone strictly in terms of wine. Try the different Chardonnay’s that are aged in oak and in some cases, cement!
Hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday 1000-1800; Friday-Saturday 1000-1900
Address: 202 Anacapa St
A spacious tasting room boasting a big patio often times with live music being performed. Head here if you want to spend the day outside in nice weather, lots of room, and a lively atmosphere.
Hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday 1100-1800; Friday-Saturday 1100-2100
Address: 205 Anacapa St
In a place where wine reigns, Santa Barbara has done a great job of making the Funk Zone a one of a kind wine tasting experience. Don’t pass up the chance to explore this area when visiting. Truly known for world class wines, this neighborhood has so much to offer.
If you’re looking to check out vineyards instead of tasting rooms, try wine tasting in Los Olivos!