The Winehound – This wine store hosts bi-monthly tastings at the Natural History Museum. A flight of 10-14 wines runs from $15 to $25. Call ahead for dates and times. 1221 Chapala St. 805-845-5247.
First Thursdays – A select group of art galleries are free on the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. Some locations have snacks, wine, and music.
The James Joyce – Free live music every night. Sunday and Monday is karaoke. Also on Sundays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there is traditional Irish music. Tuesday to Saturday expect live bands. 513 State St. 805-962-2688.
501 State St. 805-730-1040.
Red’s – Catch eclectic live music (jazz, DJ, African and more) Thursday through Saturday until 11 p.m.. Stop by between 4 and 8 p.m. for tapas and drink specials. 211 Helena Ave. 805-966-5906.
Biko – The Biko housing co-op hosts socially conscious artists, musicians, and poets in their garage. Donation based.
Whiskey Richards – This retro dive bar boasts the longest happy hour in town, with daily drink specials from noon to 10 p.m. Well drinks are $4, domestic draft beers are $3, import draft beers are $5. Music or karaoke most nights. 435 State St. 805-963-1786.