117 West De La Guerra Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
NileGuide Expert tip:
Open mic nights are held on the second to last Tuesday of every month, so stop by if you want to witness a smattering of Santa Barbara's unsung talents.
The heart of State Street is packed with college kids and fresh IDs on any given night (especially Thursday through Saturday), but the nightlife scene could not be any different at Elsie's Tavern, a short walk away from the madness. Hidden down a dead end road off of Chapala Street, you'll find a low lit hideaway where pints of beer and agave-wine margaritas are served to hipper than hip locals who want nothing to do with the popular clubs in town. The cash only bar is dark and comfy with well-worn armchairs to settle into and alternative art adorning the walls.