Nightlife in San Luis Obispo

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

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

$66 $25

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$35 for a Deluxe Wine Tasting Package for Two at Monarch Grove Winery ($70 Value)

Monarch Grove Winery

Grover Beach

Visitors sample local wines in a bright and sunny tasting room, and can take home a bottle of their favorite vintage

$70 $35

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

Hunt Cellars

Paso Robles

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

$40 $20

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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)

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

$20 $11

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Core Wine Company (55% Off)

Core Wine Company

Downtown Orcutt

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

$20 $9

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Craft Beer Tasting for Two or Four at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company (Up to 57% Off)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

Buellton

Groups of two or four drink both pints and 22-ounce bottles of award-winning craft beers such as Danish Red Lager and Hoppy Poppy IPA

$27 $12

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Susan Boyle at Arlington Theatre on October 9 at 8 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

AEG Live

Arlington Theatre

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Beloved vocalist who moved the audience & judges on “Britain’s Got Talent” sings powerful renditions of “I Dreamed a Dream” & “Wild Horses”

$68.75 $39

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

Manzoni Estate Vineyard

Soledad

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

$20 $11

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

Hahn Estate

Soledad

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

$30 $15

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Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” with Optional DVD and Nutcracker on November 5 (Up to 52% Off)

"Great Russian Nutcracker"

The Fox Theater

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$70.50 $34

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

Sports & Spirits

Amberton

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

$20 $11

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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

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

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

Guests to Sevtap Winery's newly expanded tasting room are greeted by the creator of these handcrafted, small-batch wines before delving into five handpicked samples of the Bordeaux variety. Both vino veterans and novices will enjoy the intimacy of the boutique-like space, including the chalkboard walls, where sippers may illustrate their newfound love of cabernet or merlot, or compose a practice break-up letter to a long-distance sommelier. On weekends, live music entertains eardrums while taste buds languor in fermented luxury, and all tasting pairs leave with their very own bottle of Serendipity sauvignon blanc 2010 to continue their wine-soaked sojourn in the comfort of their own home or the nearest public library with a BYOB policy.

1576 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