Much like a massage from a cat, coffee helps people wake up, enlivens morning routines, and can be painful against bare skin. Keep a lid on your morning with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth Hot Spots or Mad Dogs bucks.
The baristas at Hot Spots brew a menu of fresh, locally roasted cups of Caribbean coffee, and the chefs at Mad Dogs serve hot dogs and refreshing Hawaiian-style shaved ice from their fare folio. Hot Spots' beach-adjacent venue equips patrons with double cappuccinos ($3.50) and spiced chai teas ($2.85 for medium) for warm seaside sips or experiments on whether caffeine makes whales fly. Baristas imbue double café mochas ($3.95) with rich Ghirardelli chocolate and Monin syrup. Between late April and October, the shop remains open around the clock, acting as a lighthouse for bleary-eyed sailors. Mad Dogs, open until 2:30 a.m., fills famished feasters returning from late-night treks or meetings with accountants. Diners clasp fingers around Nathan's famous ballpark franks ($3.49) or cool down with 15 flavors of Hawaiian-style shaved ice ($3.89), including pineapple, watermelon, and cherries jubilee.
Hot Spots Espresso Company
Located near Santa Barbara City College, Hot Spots Espresso Company serves as a caffeine-equipped study spot for many a college student. Offering free wifi, the shop makes a variety of coffee and smoothie drinks to order—baristas carefully steam cappuccinos and brew coffee one cup at a time to maximize flavor. On the beach-adjacent patio, palms and blooming bougainvilleas sway in the sea breeze as strings of lights frame columns and archways. Between late April and October, the shop remains open around the clock, acting as a lighthouse for bleary-eyed sailors and a haven for late-night studying.