Murals and Margaritas

Walking into the Paradise Bar is like stepping back into the 30’s.  The original barstools and back-bar, combined with the art-deco fixtures, give the bar an ambiance which speaks to an earlier time in the history of downtown Santa Barbara.  The full length mural over the bar depicts a famous Aztec legend, set in the site of present day Mexico City and pays homage to the Paradise Cafe’s past history as a Mexican Restaurant.

The Paradise Cafe’s bar features a top shelf well selection, five premium draft beers, and a constantly changing array of fine wines offered by the glass.  The Paradise Margarita is our signature drink, traditionally made on the rocks with Reposado tequila.

The bar has been popular with Santa Barbarans for over 30 years for happy hour, causal bar counter dining or an amicable finish to that debate which began across the street at City Hall.  Join us for weekday happy hour specials on drinks and appetizers.


Wine List

“…coolest little wine list in California…”

-Saveur Magazine

The wine list at the Paradise Cafe is carefully chosen and priced accessibly.  We have a strong representation of the finest of Santa Barbara County’s wine growing region, as well as other domestic regions.  There are also selections from some of the great traditional producers in the world, as well as some of the newly emerging areas.  In addition, we maintain a “Reserve” list which features some of the harder-to-get wines and some single vineyard varietals from small-production vintners.

There are usually at least a dozen wines offered by the glass.  We constantly change these selections, which gives our customers a chance to explore some interesting wines that they may not have otherwise experienced.  Ask your server for a taste of anything featured by the glass.


View our Wine List


Sunset in Paradise – Happy Hour Specials

Sunday through Friday 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Well drinks, our signature Paradise Margarita, premium draft beers and our Paradise Chardonnay are all featured, as well as select appetizers from the bar and restaurant menus.