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513 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
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Los Angeles, California
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360 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The music was excellent. The drinks were fairly price. The staff was friendly. You will not be disappointed. Give it a try.

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Thank TravelinAlan
LA
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

James Joyce is a classic Santa Barbara institution. Great Irish Pub on the main drag in town. Music on some nights. Stop in for a pint in the afternoon on a weekend.

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Thank TAReviewer--CA
Lake Forest, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Sat. night jazz (much Dixieland) here is a blessing for SB. Always great vibes, dancing for young and old(er). Performers are very entertaining old-school musician pros. You can count on mellow, friendly crowds of 21-plus, all the way up.

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London, United Kingdom
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475 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

It was the Old Spanish Days Festival in Santa Barbara and a Friday night so the city centre was buzzing. Humid too so a beer was required to soothe the brow. Given my professed dislike for raucosity and tanked up frivolity this probably wasn't the place. Couldn't see the point of employing bouncers (a pet hate) on the doors and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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519 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We popped in here for a quick drink to escape the heat of a summer day. We drank some nice Guinness and the female bar tender helped us sign on to the Wifi. Later, we decided to ask the male bar tender for some advice about the Dodgers game we were attending the following day. The man was so helpful,... More 

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Thank Amy B
Santa Barbara, California
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Good live music and fun crowd typically light this place up. The place itself isn't too big so it can get pretty crowded at times but what bars don't in SB? The staff could be a little more pleasant...but overall I enjoy the place a lot more than most bars downtown

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Thank DaveWandersDotcom
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Very popular place and on the night we visited there was an excellent jazz/blues band playing. Worth a visit.

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Newport Beach, California
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Karaoke, yes..dancing and fun, yes, the staff and prices are outrageous. Bar crowd gets very rowdy and staff were super rude. Wouldn't recommend at all.

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Thank Jenn92663
Santa Barbara, CA
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81 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Can't say enough about the Joyce! You will always have a good time here with the casual atmosphere, friendly bartenders, lively music and great bar! Darts and billiards in the back!

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We stopped by on a Saturday night and had a couple of beers, which were good and reasonably priced. Also very strong (7.8%)! The band were playing jazz and were 7 piece with a girl singer. The average age must have been about 70, excluding the girl, but we were blown away by the sound they produced. It was really... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 513 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?