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513 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
10:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 02:00
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Vancouver, Canada
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121 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Just of the cruise ship and it's a hot day. Stopped in for a pint. Great proper pour, great Irish Pub feel. Do stop in for a pint. Recommended.

Thank IrishKnight1942
Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

A quick beer and wine stop during an overnight stop in SB. Great Atmospheric bar with great range of Whiskys, Bourbons and more.

Thank Paulio911
Los Angeles, California
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436 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

The music was excellent. The drinks were fairly price. The staff was friendly. You will not be disappointed. Give it a try.

Thank TravelinAlan
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

James Joyce is a classic Santa Barbara institution. Great Irish Pub on the main drag in town. Music on some nights. Stop in for a pint in the afternoon on a weekend.

Thank TAReviewer--CA
Lake Forest, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Sat. night jazz (much Dixieland) here is a blessing for SB. Always great vibes, dancing for young and old(er). Performers are very entertaining old-school musician pros. You can count on mellow, friendly crowds of 21-plus, all the way up.

1 Thank edw-ww
London, United Kingdom
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510 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

It was the Old Spanish Days Festival in Santa Barbara and a Friday night so the city centre was buzzing. Humid too so a beer was required to soothe the brow. Given my professed dislike for raucosity and tanked up frivolity this probably wasn't the place. Couldn't see the point of employing bouncers (a pet hate) on the doors and... More 

Thank marksw3960
London, United Kingdom
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578 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

We popped in here for a quick drink to escape the heat of a summer day. We drank some nice Guinness and the female bar tender helped us sign on to the Wifi. Later, we decided to ask the male bar tender for some advice about the Dodgers game we were attending the following day. The man was so helpful,... More 

Thank Amy B
Santa Barbara, California
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

Good live music and fun crowd typically light this place up. The place itself isn't too big so it can get pretty crowded at times but what bars don't in SB? The staff could be a little more pleasant...but overall I enjoy the place a lot more than most bars downtown

Thank DaveWandersDotcom
Dublin, Ireland
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62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2015

Very popular place and on the night we visited there was an excellent jazz/blues band playing. Worth a visit.

1 Thank LisaSimpson45
Newport Beach, California
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2014

Karaoke, yes..dancing and fun, yes, the staff and prices are outrageous. Bar crowd gets very rowdy and staff were super rude. Wouldn't recommend at all.

Thank Jenn92663

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
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10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 513 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?