As LA's less edgy older brother, the Santa Barbara music scene sometimes feels dwarfed by its neighbors.
SOhO, however, is its saving grace. This cosy, red brick club has hosted intimate shows with artists that seems too big for its tiny stage. Catching a good show at SOhO makes you feel like you you've just made the musical discovery of a life time, as you practically share the stage with the likes of Phantogram, The Wailers or Ben Howard.
With live music even on week nights, grab a beer and take a chance on a smaller artist. The weekends bring in bigger names, and the dance party often spills out into the streets during after-hours.
SOhO also serve dinner, with a menu focused on local, organic dining.
Insider tip: Shows don't often sell out, but if they do, you won't find many people selling tickets outside, so make sure to vbuy tickets in advance.