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Published August 28th 2013
Fun, food and margarita's
Nestled under the Kings Cross Coke sign with grand views of all the drunk club-goers on William Street, Santa Barbara is a new (as they describe themselves) 'American-Asian BBQ' themed bar and restaurant, announced by its large neon sign. Created by Drink & Dine, the same people who own The Norfolk, The Abercrombie, The Carrington and Forresters, Santa Barbara is the perfect place to start or end your night.
The décor is, predictably, a homely mix between a Mexican and American diner. Inside, the large dimly lit room is filled with high stools and tables, plush booths and plenty of private alcoves between the arches reaching from floor to ceiling. A long balcony offers more booths and tables with the best views. The walls are filled with appropriate memorabilia from American number plates to photos of topless women.
A large bar running along the majority of the long back wall offers James Squire and Mount Kosciusko Pale Ale on tap with an appropriate selection of bottled beer including Corona and Bintang. There's a decent range of cocktails to choose from, but get in on Thursdays for $5 Margaritas (and order a few at once because they will run out).
The food is very reasonably priced, starting from just $5. You can choose from a range of pizzas, bings, burgers, salads (that all contain meat- vegies beware) and sides. Stand outs for me were the K-Town and sweet potato fries - totally amazing!
The atmosphere is relaxed, as many groups meet up, some are obviously just starting their night, others winding down. They're open at least until 2am every day, so I can easily imagine stumbling here for snacks to fight off the morning's hangover. The staff are wonderfully friendly and quick.