Nightlife in Santa Maria

50% Off Deluxe Wine Tasting at Monarch Grove Winery

Monarch Grove Winery

Grover Beach

$70 $35

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

Forever Never Land/Music Forever Land – Up to 54% Off Festival

Forever Never Land/Music Forever Land

Avila Beach Golf Resort

$155 $71

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Sublime with Rome and Everclear headline a festival featuring activities such as foam parties, laser tag, and ziplining

60% Off Wine Tasting at The Workshop Urban Wine Collective

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

Up to 58% Off a Wine Tasting at J Ludlow Vineyard

J Ludlow Vineyard

Los Olivos

$42 $19

After sampling wines from a small tasting room, guests take home one or two bottles of Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Up to 62% Off Wine Tasting at Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room

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

50% Off Reserve Wine Tasting at Hunt Cellars

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

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting

D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars

El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles)

$20 $11

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

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club – Up to 75% Off Standup

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

Up to 54% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

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

50% Off Wine Tasting

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

Half Off Wine-Tasting Meal at Gone West Cellars

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

45% Off Drinks 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

"Menopause The Musical" – Up to 49% Off

"Menopause the Musical"

Bakersfield Fox Theater

$56 $30

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Four women deal with menopause to the tune of parodies of well-known songs from the '60s, '70s, and '80s

The Highwaymen Live! – Up to 43% Off Tribute Concert

The HIghwaymen Live!

The Fox Theater

$41 $25

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The famed supergroup of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings receives a spot-on tribute in a night of country classics

$10 for Standup-Comedy Show

Thai Rivera or Retha Jones

Shamrocks Irish Pub

$20 $10

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Nationally touring comedians Thai Rivera and Retha Jones sling jokes at a venue with a full-service bar

Herzog Wine Cellars – Up to 54% Off Wine Tasting

Herzog Wine Cellars

Oxnard

$47 $23

Tastings of six varietals herald bottles of Baron Herzog wine, which guests can sip on as they relax on the patio

53% Off Wine-Tasting at Ventura County Wine Trail Tasting Room

Ventura County Wine Trail

California Welcome Center Oxnard

$40 $19

Sip four different samples of wine from nearby wineries at the California Welcome Center Oxnard inside the Collection at RiverPark

50% Off Wine and Chocolate for Two or Four

Millésimé Cellars

Camarillo

$48 $24

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As winemakers explain the wine-making process from grape to glass, guests pair five wines with chocolates inside a barrel room and cellar

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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

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

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

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