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Location Spotlight: La Playa Azul

By: Felici Events

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La Playa Azul is a charming Mexican restaurant located in downtown Santa Barbara.  Perfect for rehearsal dinners and private receptions. The mood is festive, with cozy seating, Mexican decor, and a charming outdoor patio.  Established in 1976, the restaurant has three dining areas: the lovely sunny patio, a small dining room and a large dining room. The restaurant owes its enduring appeal to the exceptional Mexican cuisine, specializing in delicious seafood and Mexican dishes served in family-friendly, Santa Barabara (historic district) -style surroundings.

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This is a Reception Only Venue / restaurant

For more information on pricing and availability contact:

NAME La Playa Azul Cafe

PHONE 805-966-2860

Pricing: $ – $$

Site fee: N/A

Capacity: Three areas;  small room – 20, main room – 35, patio 50 seated:


Certified Event Planner: N/A

Contract: N/A call to make a reservation

Event Insurance: none required

Deposit: based upon event / guest count / buy out

Restrooms: on site

Time Allotments:
Tues – Sun from 11am to close
Lunch Specials served from 11am to 4pm
Happy Hour from 3:00 – 6:00

Parking: street parking available, nearby city lots within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

Music: own music can be provided if you buy out the entire restaurant, if not, music is piped in thru existing sound system.

Alcohol Policy: full bar and wine menu available by the restaurant

What is Provided: Tables, Chairs, Decor, China, glass, silver

Decorations: nothing can be stapled, nailed or attached permanently to the building.

Location Address:

914 Santa Barbara St.

Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Phone: (805) 966-2860

Website: laplayaazulcafe.com


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Location Spotlight: The Villa at Sunstone Winery

by: Felici Events

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We blogged about the beautiful French-countryside style Sunstone Winery a while back. Well, one of our favorite private venues,  the adjacent Sunstone Villa is spectacular for events, and allows for some of
your guests to stay on the property during the weekend..

Fred and Linda Rice designed and built a house from which to watch the four seasons that will become even more beautiful with age, a living piece of history.

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The Villa has five suites, each with private entrances and a view of the Santa Ynez mountains and Sunstone vineyards. A bit of moss is beginning to grow on the stone at the foot of the front door. Nature is putting its own mark on the Villa, as was intended.

Reclaimed materials, such as French limestone, hand-formed roof tiles, a fireplace from the Bordeaux region of France, enormous hand-hewn pine beams from Queen Victoria’s lavender factory, a prison cell door from Normandy constructed during Napoleon’s reign, and a thousand-year old limestone kitchen sink were all incorporated into their dream building. Walking through the Villa is an opportunity to see and touch pieces of history. Available to rent partially or in its entirety, the Villa is a stunning location to stay the week-end while enjoying a week-end of events.

This is a Ceremony and Reception or Reception Only Venue with guest rooms.

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For more information on pricing and availability contact:

Annamarie Kostura at (800) 313-9463 ext. 244


Pricing: $$$$$

Site fee: Winery $20,000 for wedding and 2 night stay

Capacity: 250

Areas: courtyard, back lawn and back patio, vineyard

Restrooms: Additional restroom must be ordered for more than 80 guests

Bridal Dressing Room: yes

Requirements: must have certified planner.  Contract must be singed to book a date, and 50% deposit

Time Allotments: events can start at any time, and music must end by 10:30 p.m.

Catering: full kitchen available for an intimate soiree, rental kitchen must be brought in for more guests.

Parking: Guests must be shuttled in.  Parking for bridal party and house guests only

Music: Amplified music outside off at: 10:30PM

Alcohol Policy: Sunstone wine (20% discount), beer, champagne and hard alcohol allowed.

What is Provided: All needs to be bought in.

Decoration: no decoration can be nailed, stapled, or leaning on walls of the house. Nothing permanent

Insurance: $1,000,000.00 event insurance required.

Cancellation Policy: Deposit are nonrefundable


125 Refugio Road

Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Phone: 805-688-9463

Email: events@sunstonewinery.com.

Website: www.sunstonewinery.com/index.php/experience-villa/thevilla/

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Location Spotlight: Figueroa Brewing Company

By: Felici Events

The Figueroa Mountain beer tasting room, located at 137 Anacapa Street, in the Funk Zone is a great place to host a welcome reception to kick off a wedding week-end of events, bachelor party, bachelorette party, or farewell hair of the dog reception.

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It is the second location for the Buelton (Santa Barbara Wine Country) based brewery.  It’s funk-like ambiance includes red brick, cement floors, raw wood,  vintage-inspired filament light bulbs, and horseshoe adornments.

The patio, which overlooks Anacapa Street, is a great location to soak up some sun, or sit in the shade and observe passer by’s and pedestrians partaking in the Urban Wine Trail, which we blogged about in previous posts.  This large venue is a perfect location to sip on a brew (they have wine too) with a group of friends and family as part of a bachelor / bachelorette party, wedding week-end, or post-rehearsal dinner gathering.

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$ (minimal rental fee)

Location: 137 Anacapa Street in the Funk Zone

Phone: (805) 694-2255

Web: figmtnbrew.com.

Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am – 11 pm 
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Location Spotlight: The Riviera Room at Wine Cask

We have blogged about one of our favorite restaurant and event venues, The Wine Cask, a quaint venue tucked away in one of the picturesque paseos located the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. It has all the charm you could desire for your event and boasts an impressive wine list.  A staple of Santa Barbara, since 1981, the multi-faceted restaurant has an iconic reputation as one of Santa Barbara’s culinary and wine landmarks.

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This restaurant has four areas to rent out as well as restaurant buyout options. The area you rent out is yours for the evening and is accompanied by a knowledgable and friendly wait staff and on site coordinator to ensure the success of your event.

The Riviera Room is perfect for a smaller size guest count, up to 24 guests with a seated dinner, or 35 standing reception.  It includes a front patio perfect for pre-dinner cocktails, private bar, Sonos and state of the art audio visual capabilities as well as wifi.  I find this room to be perfect for bridal luncheons, elopements, celebrations and smaller rehearsal dinners.

The food at Wine Cask is exceptional, so if you are a foodie and looking for a private no fuss, no muss space, with excellent service and a spectacular wine list (to pair with your dinner) this is the perfect venue for you.  The Wine Cask team can coordinate florals and personalize (to some extent) based on your vision / colors and what is available at the Farmer’s Market.

This is a Reception only venue.

For more information on pricing and availability contact info@winecask.com

Site fee
The minimum guaranteed food & beverage expenditure to reserve the Riviera Room is $750 (Sunday-Thursday) and $1,000 (Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays). 

The Riviera Room can comfortably accommodate 26 for seated dinner and 20-40 for a cocktail party or reception
The restaurant has both a private ladies restroom and men’s restroom.
Time Allotments:
Each area is only rented out once per meal period, so the space is yours for the duration of the opening hours.
There is valet parking next door, street as well as parking garages nearby.
There is Sonos piped in music, but clients are welcome to bring in live music as well.
Alcohol Policy:
Due to the extensive wine list that the Wine Cask offers, there is no outside beverages permitted.
What is Provided:
The Wine Cask provides furniture, dishes, glasses, silverware, basic personalized floral as well as couches that can be arranged for your event.
Restaurant table decor is available for use.
Not required
Cancellation Policy:
There is a seven day cancellation policy.
813 Anacapa Street  Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number:
(805) 966-9463

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The newest multi unit wine, beer and culinary trifecta to hit Santa Barbara is called The Mill, located on the corner of Laguna and Haley.  Santa Barbara’s local artisan marketplace is uniquely zoned to house a Potek Winery, Production Winery and Tasting Bar, a Craft Brewery and Tap Room, and a Specialty Restaurant and Event Center. The Mill is also home to Becker Studios Design/Construction Pelago, and AB Design Studio.

The Mill personifies the concept of Farm to Table featuring production, manufacturing, and tasting in a magnificent setting. Its grassroots vendors passionately produce, manufacture, bottle, package, and share their goods on property creating a unique venue. The Mill delivers a unique California experience.

Aside from having delicious wines from the Santa Ynez Valley, Potek Winery is available to rent for private events. Perfect for elopement dinners, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners or wedding parties, this location has an indoor and outdoor area that are both charming and unique in architecture.

If you are a wine-lover this location is perfect for intimate receptions.  The winery will even collaborate with the catering team to create a specialty tasting menu sure to please the palate.

There is the production room and lovely patio which are separated by a rolling window door.  This lovely location is sure to please those looking for an industrial and modern style.

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This is a Reception Venue only.

For more information on pricing and availability contact:

David Potter



Pricing: $

Site fee: 

Monday-Wednesday evening 7-10pm, the space fee is $200. There is a $250 wine minimum for an event on these days, plus an 18% gratuity.

Thursday evening 7-10pm, the production space fee is $200 and the buyout fee is $1,000. There is a $500 wine minimum for an event on this day, plus an 18% gratuity.

Friday evening 7-10pm, the production space fee is $200 and the buyout fee is $1,500. There is a $1000 bar minimum in wine sales for an event on this day, plus an 18% gratuity.

Saturday evening 7-10pm, the production space fee is $200 and the buyout fee is $1,500. There is a $1,500 bar minimum in wine sales for an event on this day.

Sunday evening 7-10pm, the production space fee is $250. There is a $500 wine minimum for an event on these days, plus an 18% gratuity.

BONUS – if all the wine purchased under the minimum is not consumed, guests are welcome to take unopened bottles home.


Their capacity for a buy-out is 60 people seated inside the winery and 30 seated on the patio.


Tasting / production Room and outdoor patio, perfect for an intimate cocktail reception or dinner.

If you are low on the commitment scale, the production space can be reserved for a small charge and wine minimum for parties up to 35 people during normal business hours, but they only take reservations up to 30 days in advance and don’t keep record of requests anytime prior. For this type of reservation, the bar and patio remain open to the public.


On-site restrooms


The venue will provide a rental agreement with more details and specifics, they set pricing and wine minimums by day of the week for quoting purposes.

Time Allotments: 

Potek is available to rent between the hours of 7-10pm. 10pm being last call, all party people and caterers must be cleared off site by 11pm. This is a permitting issue. We do close to the public at 7 pm on evenings.


Their first choice for catering is through the onsite restaurant Wildwood Kitchen. They have a wide range of options available. All other caterers need to be approved. The space does offer a small prep area and sinks, but all food prep should be done off site and heated and plated at the winery.

Once the menu has been figured out, they will work with you on wine pairings.


There are a few spaces available on property, and ample street parking.


Potek runs all music through a Sonos sound system which is able to play music from an iPhone, Pandora radio or Spotify. You will have access to the system on a buy-out, or can bring in a musician if you would like. If the venue remains open to the public, they will program the music.

Alcohol Policy:

Due to alcohol policies, outside alcohol is not permitted on the premises. Potek can provide beer for sale at $5 a bottle during private events (this will change to exclusive Third Window Beer when available). *Beer sales are not applied to wine minimum. Sales tax will be applied to the wine minimum & beer purchased at check out.

What is Provided:

They provide tables and chairs available to seat 28 people inside and 32 outside. Beyond that, rentals are required. They also have stemware and beverage service for your seated dinner, or casual mixer.


Can bring in any other decorations as long as they don’t damage the walls, can bring in outside tables and chairs for more seating


No requirements other than a contract

Cancellation Policy:

Ask for a 50% percent deposit at time of signing contract, second half is due day of event, no cancellation policy as of yet.


406 East Haley #1

Santa Barbara, Ca. 93101

Phone: 805-931-6864

Email: dave@municipalwinemakers.com

Website: http://www.potek.com



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