We were flying out to Vegas by way of L.A. when we took a quick trip up to Santa Barbara Airport’s Overlook Café for a coffee. And that’s when we spotted the bar. Of course! Why wouldn’t there be a bar at the airport … just keep the pilots away from it! So on our way back from Sin City (short review: weak cocktails, strong prices) we checked in our mixologist bags at the Overlook and met our bartender Joe Cruz, who’s been pouring 16 years here. If you have stopped in on your way out, Joe probably served you.
Yes, the bar is small (five seats) and has a tiny selection of bottles. Serving those who are just biding their time (the short-term parking prices don’t invite regulars), we were still pleased. The Overlook could just offer a standard selection of drinks, but there is a margarita here that won’t disappoint. But Cruz likes to fiddle about in the recipe department and offers specials for those who want to try his work.