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An ideal place for anybody looking for a slower-paced atmosphere that still offers plenty to do, Uptown Bar & Lounge seeks to serve as a neighborhood bar for all types. The recently renovated lounge is divided into distinct sections. A gleaming granite bar supports 12 taps and shelves full of high-end spirits, and visitors perched on leather chairs at high-top tables gaze at 13 flat-screen TVs broadcasting sporting events. Classy touches?an old-fashioned cash register here, a piano there?elevate the space from the typical sports bar.

Elsewhere, two red-felted pool tables are an outlet for the casually competitive, while a seating area appointed with sofas provides a refuge for guests who can't watch a shot clock count down without turning into a pumpkin at the buzzer. Also, parts of the bar are converted into a rousing music venue to host open-mic nights, DJ sessions, and live bands. The back patio, with its couches, fire pits, and additional TV, is a pleasant spot to enjoy a cool Santa Barbara evening, especially when you include a pizza cooked in the outdoor oven.

3126 State St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Two years running, the people of Fresno have spoken: The Standard Restaurant and Lounge is the place to eat. Twice honored with the People's Choice Award from the Fresno Bee, the kitchen's inventive, beautiful, and relatable new-American fare keeps its diners coming back for more. Across the lounge, soft leather seats cradle visitors clinking glasses from the full wine list or snacking on appetizers, while the outdoor cabana accommodates al-fresco dining during warmer weather. Doubling as a destination for nightlife, The Standard also offers VIP bottle service and a private dining room.

9455 West North Avenue
Fresno,
CA
US