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Santa Barbaras Funk Zone Image Credit: Sunset
Santa Barbaras Funk Zone Image Credit: Sunset

Santa Barbara's Funk Zone

Within walking distance from the beach, the pier, and the Amtrak station, this revitalized warehouse district is an easy day trip by train from L.A. The roughly 12-square block area continues to attract new tasting rooms, plus creative cocktail bars and restaurants. Here’s the latest heat map.

1 Margerum Tasting Room

Margerum’s new space in the Hotel Californian stands out with its Spanish colonial architecture and Saltillo tilework. The tasting bar is made from reclaimed oak barrel staves; plus there’s a clubby mezzanine lounge and heated patio. margerumwines.com WINE TO TASTE: M5 – Rhône Varietal Red Blend

2 Melville Winery

A master of cool-climate varietals, Melville’s sleek, bistro-inspired tasting room is decorated with test-tube chandeliers and photos from its Santa Rita Hills winery. melvillewinery.com WINE TO TASTE: Estate Pinot Noir — Sta. Rita Hills

3 Skyenna

Surfer and winemaker Lenny Germano showcases Rhône varietals and hosts live DJs at his bohemian wine lounge. skyenna.com WINE TO TASTE: Syrah

4 Paradise Springs

Winery This winery has vineyards in Virginia and Santa Barbara and pours wines from both at its indoor-outdoor tasting room. paradise springs of santabarbara.com WINE TO TASTE: Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc

5 Test Pilot

Tropically themed, Test Pilot serves elevated craft cocktails. test pilotcocktails.com COCKTAIL TO TRY: Passion Fruit Mule

6 Tyger Tyger

Southeast- Asian street eats from Grant Achatz– alum chef Daniel Palaima. tyger tygersb.com DISH TO ORDER: Pork larb noodle bowl

7 Funk Zone

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