The Funk Zone. The hippest neighborhood in Santa Barbara. 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 favorites and explore outside of my list as well! Cheers!
Cork n’ Crowns boasts both local and international wines. This little tasting room has both a cozy indoor space and a small patio space.
Deep Sea is located right on Stearn’s Wharf overlooking the Pacific Ocean. While the wine is sub-par, the views make up for it.
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 atmosphere. If you’re looking for a quieter atmosphere to learn more about wine, don’t come here.
Municipal boasts a great atmosphere. Perfect for a rainy, cloudy day, seeing as they have tons of space and games available.
My favorite tasting room strictly for the wine. In my personal opinion, Santa Barbara Winery does Chardonnay the best. Here is where I fell in love with this buttery, oaky wine.
Oreana has a fun and lively outdoor patio complete with live music on the weekends.
Don’t pass up the chance to explore the Funk Zone while visiting Santa Barbara. Truly known for world class wines, this neighborhood has so much to offer.