Nightlife in Arroyo Grande

Painting Workshops and Classes at Art Bar (Up to 39% Off). Three Options Available.

Art Bar

San Luis Obispo

$80 $49

All options include canvases, paint, brushes, easels, aprons, and first cocktail

$20 for a Wine Tasting with Food Pairings for Two at The Workshop Urban Wine Collective ($50 Value)

The Workshop Urban Wine Collective

San Luis Obispo

$50 $20

Brand new tasting lounge serves a cheese plate for each pair and pours three samples of wine per person; wine pours are 2 ounces each

$29 for Winery Passport with Tastings at Five Wineries from Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club ($60 Value)

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Vino veterans and occasional tipplers alike can enjoy the welcoming embrace of five of Santa Ynez Valley's finest wineries

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Core Wine Company (50% Off)

Core Wine Company

Downtown Orcutt

$20 $10

Tasting session focuses on the art of blending wines; guests receive a discount on bottles

Tasting for Two with Glasses and a Bottle of Wine at Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room in Los Olivos (Up to 62% Off)

Malibu Family Wines

Los Olivos

$66 $25

A 90-acre winery producing nine varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon; taste five wines at the Los Olivos tasting room

Wine and Chocolate Tasting Package for Two or Four at Royal Oak Winery (58% Off)

Royal Oak Winery

Solvang

$60 $25

Tastings include a choice of chocolate or petits fours and a bottle to take home

Reserve Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Hunt Cellars (50% Off)

Hunt Cellars

Paso Robles

$40 $20

Sample a variety of reserve wines in a tasting room that features a 1,200 sq. ft. deck and live music or music from the white grand piano

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Cheese at D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars (Up to 50% Off)

D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars

El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles)

$20 $11

Tasters can imbibe half-ounce samples of the seven wines and pair them with cheese

$11 for $20 Worth of Beer and Cocktails at Sports & Spirits

Sports & Spirits

Amberton

$20 $11

Beer and cocktails served in a festive sports bar with flat screen televisions darts, billiards, and live music

Standup for Two or Four at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club (Up to 75% Off)

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club

$30 $15

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Comics from national TV and the club circuit deliver sidesplitting standup at a club owned by two veteran comedians

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Wine to Take Home at Casa Barranca Winery Tasting Room (Up to 54% Off)

Casa Barranca Winery Tasting Room

Ojai

$70 $35

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Flight of Old World–style wines made from organic grapes served in remodeled tasting room adorned with murals of the local wine region

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Panaro Brothers Winery (50% Off)

Panaro Brothers Winery

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$54 $27

Panaro family, now in fifth generation of winemaking, draws on rich history as they transform grapes into single-varietal and blended wines

Wine Flight with Cheese Plate or Sandwich and Glass of Wine for Two or Four at Gone West Cellars (Half Off)

Gone West Cellars

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$48 $24

Guests sample wines from Ventura County and the surrounding area; bar boasts friendly communal tables and Western flair

$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two with Wineglasses and Gift Card at Manzoni Estate Vineyard ($20 Value)

Manzoni Estate Vineyard

Soledad

$20 $11

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Sample varietals such as chardonnay or pinot noir in a tasting room located in the heart of Santa Lucia Highlands

Reserve Wine Tasting for Two, or Four with Option for Wineglasses at Hahn Estate (Up to 58% Off)

Hahn Estate

Soledad

$30 $15

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Sip on wine samples while absorbing the sights and sounds of the Salinas Valley wine country

Select Local Merchants

Committed to providing fresh pours, the winetenders of Gather Wine Bar uncork only 25 to 35 of their carefully curated central-coast wines each week. Knowledgeable staff can recommend a bottle for customers to pair with charcuterie plates, flatbread pizzas, and gourmet pub snacks such as bacon-wrapped dates. Alternatively, themed wine flights can provide a cross section of a single varietal or eclectic tastes from an array of vines. Live music acts and singles events create an upbeat atmosphere on many nights, and catered parties can gather small groups around a fire pit or feed 100 or more people with unlimited appetizers from the bar.

122 E Branch St
Arroyo Grande,
CA
US

As its name implies, Art Bar is a venue for socializing as well as creating. Inside the art studio located in the Granada Hotel, several experienced and fun-loving local artists lead step-by-step workshops designed to help students create their own unique paintings based on a chosen subject. Using acrylic paints, watercolor, or mixed media, groups may create cresting waves, an ocean at sunset, human figures, or still-life arrangements. All the necessary art supplies such as brushes and aprons are included for every workshop. To keep students fueled for their painting, the bar serves beer, wine, cocktails, and charcuterie platters.

1130 Morro Street
San Luis Obispo,
CA
US

The snug's the thing, at least according to Rooney's owners Tim and Jane. A good Irish pub contains plenty of snugs—cozy little nooks, typically tucked near the fireplace—where "conversations flow and revolutions ferment" around a table topped with pints. Most importantly, snugs grant an atmosphere of intimacy even when the place is packed, much like the honeymoon suite found inside most clown cars.

Rooney's snugs hold to the traditions of Eire's famed watering holes, but Tim and Jane have crossbred those traditions with central California culture, most notably in Chef Anthony Endy's hearty gastropub cuisine. This melding of old and new has snagged the attention of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal, which in 2012 named Rooney's Irish Pub the best Orcutt restaurant. The menu's most popular dish, "The Lost" shepherd's pie, exemplifies the blend by replacing ground beef with Guinness-braised Angus short ribs. Similarly, old sod standbys such as Guinness and Harp pour out of taps next to Rooney's own microbrews, such as the Bonny Blond Ale and the Irish Ambush IPA.

Rooney's has established some of its own traditions as well. The trivia-night league convenes on Wednesdays for no-holds-barred fact downs. Each Friday, Chef Anthony stacks california red oak into a 10-foot smoker to slow cook brisket, ribs, and whole hogs—some of which are locally raised on grains recycled from the microbrewery. The staff dishes out the meat to pub patrons on Smokin' Saturday, and also uses it for catering events or parties of up to 100 guests in the banquet room. Smokin' Saturday devotees can nurse their heads the morning after with "Bloody Sunday" brunch, where they get to doctor up their own cures at an award-winning bloody mary bar.

241 S Broadway St
Orcutt,
CA
US

Sort This Out Cellars combines the wine selection of a boutique specialty store with the aesthetic of a Vegas diner in the 1950s. Chrome and red stools line up at the bar, and sleek vinyl loveseats are juxtaposed against wine barrels in the lounge. The winery’s aesthetic was inspired by a 1961 Rat Pack photo that recalled times of unapologetic fast living, glamour, and gambling. Because the founders wanted to avoid the sleepy, pastoral vibe of most wineries and all roadside hay-petting zoos, they embraced the rockabilly aesthetic to ensure that their digs were as exciting as their customers and wines.

Those small-batch wines are created from grapes purchased from Californian vineyards and crushed by Sort This Out’s proprietor. “This means,” a writer for Wine Country This Week noted, “he can search the state for the best grapes to crush, or in some cases the best juice from another winery to purchase, and then finish it into his own wine.” The aesthetics surrounding the wine are also important. Mid-century gentlemen’s playing cards inspired a line of bottles with pin-ups on the label matched to flavors within. Other elixirs borrow their names from poker and Vegas table games, hinting at inventive combinations of pinot grigio, viognier, and sauvignon blanc grapes. Some evenings, toasting glasses punctuate the sounds of live music. True to form, the guest bands play oldies and rockabilly tunes.

1636 Copenhagen Dr
Solvang,
CA
US

Viking Garden Restaurant is right at home in historical Copenhagen Square, part of Solvang, a Danish-American colony founded more than 100 years ago. Beneath the eatery's crosshatched roof and stork's nest, cooks craft Danish classics such as Norwegian salmon smothered with lemon-dill hollandaise. They even lend Danish flavors to American favorites, such as beef burgers crowned with Danish blue cheese. Before they whip up these entrees, however, Viking Garden's cooks create Danish-inspired breakfasts with everything from kielbasa-filled omelets to Danish-style hotcakes. Imported and domestic pours from an extensive beer list can complement any of Viking Garden's hearty feasts.

446 Alisal Rd
Solvang,
CA
US

Wandering Dog Wine Bar curates a collection of brews and vintages sourced locally and from around the world, dispensing them by the glass or flight along with light, savory pairings. Visitors choose from a selection of nearly 50 wines available by the glass each day, sizing up their distinctive aromas, colors, and hair-dying capabilities in varied tasting flights. Beers hailing from Germany, Belgium, and England politely doff their caps and dispense their amber insides for beer-sampling sessions. Light plates of cheese, chocolate, and antipasto complement the flavor profiles of each taste and prepare palates for their next adventure.

1539 Mission Dr
Solvang,
CA
US