Great Blue Collar Bar
Great place to hang out with the blue-class and occasional white-collar local. Usually friendly, but can get stupid late at night. Best bartenders are the 2 daytime barmaids (10AM - 6PM) and Glenn on Thu-Sun nights.
Nice place to party
I came here mainly because they had a study hall in Isla Vista (the college town in UCSB). It is a nice place to go and party. The dance floor is decent although it does get crowded. The bar area is pretty neat centered in the very middle of the place. They play nice R&B and hip hop. Fun place to dance and party.
A mellow place to meet your friends for drinks and play some good old fashioned board games. It's a beer and wine bar but they have a good selection of draft beers. I would go here more often if it wasn't in Goleta. It's also easy to miss if you're just driving by. I love the mid-century furniture and the bartenders are friendly.
Palmieri's is the westside neighborhood bar. Pretty good dive bar. You can order pizza next door if you please. The bartender is friendly and pours great drinks.
The Press Room is small but quaint. It's lively and always crowded, sometimes even at 11 in the morning. The drinks are good. Kind of like Cheers, everyone knows everyone.