Santa Cruz Bars and Breweries

Not only does Santa Cruz have a delicious array of restaurants, but the city also takes pride in its diverse craft beer offerings. Take a look at our list of the best Santa Cruz bars, breweries, brewpubs, and more down below!

The Best Spots to Grab Drinks in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing stands out from other breweries in Santa Cruz for its organic beer offerings, beautiful garden, and its dog-friendly taproom.

Santa Cruz Ale Works is a family-owned and operated taproom that specializes in carefully crafted microbrews and wholesome deli sandwiches.

For a traditional Irish pub setting, Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant can’t be beat. Enjoy strong drafts of beer with a side of Irish comfort food at this local favorite Santa Cruz bar.

Discretion Brewing is another popular Santa Cruz brewery that features a gastropub menu and an industrial interior, on top of its fan-favorite beers.

Switch up your brews cruise at The Blue Lounge, where you and your companions can enjoy bar games, live music, and fantastically-priced Happy Hour drinks.

Seabright Brewery has a rotating beer selection and gorgeous views from its outdoor patio, making it a popular spot for drinking craft beer, snacking on hearty bar food, and enjoying the sunset views.

While burger. is primarily known for being an excellent restaurant specializing in—you guessed it—burgers, it’s also renowned for its extensive selection of rotating craft beers. There are upwards of forty craft beers on tap at all times here!

New Bohemia Brewing Co. also boasts an industrial feel to its inside digs, as well as two stories for drinking, eating cheese and charcuterie boards, and enjoying European-style beers.

Interested in an out of the ordinary drinking experience? Pour Taproom’s serve-it-yourself operating style, which has patrons pay by the ounce, makes for a truly customizable drinking selection.

East Cliff Brewing Company offers up English-style ales made in-house, as well as an American menu with a casual, laid-back ambiance.

If you’re looking for something more in line with craft cocktails, look no further than Red Restaurant and Bar. With its upscale lounge atmosphere, live music, and fresh, seasonal American dishes, Red Restaurant and Bar is particularly great for grabbing after-dinner cocktails on a fancy date night.

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