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starsee | | Jun 2, 2009 08:08 AM

I went to college in SB 5 years ago so it's been a long while. Going up this weekend with the boyfriend and staying around State Street. I realized how little I ventured out during my college days and now that my tastes have matured (e.g. house parties on DP aren't gonna do it for me anymore) I am looking for some suggestions for an early dinner/late lunch (going to a concert that starts at 6) probably a good happy hour would be ideal. I have heard about The Neighborhood and Brewhouse via online reviews but they seem a bit off the path. Also looking for a post-concert spot to continue boozing, but I realize this weekend is graduation weekend for UCSB. It would be a horror to end up at a club packed with co-eds so nothing like Sharkeez. Back in college we used to frequent Madison's which is along the lines of what I'm looking for, but I have also heard some things about James Joyce and Velvet Jones. Some place with no cover and good music (maybe even live) where we can hang out at the bar all night. For Saturday breakfast, Beachbreak Cafe sounds nice but I've never been. Totally not looking for foodie-oriented spots (e.g. Hungry Cat)--we have a high appreciation for cheap beer, good food, chill but cool environments, and reasonable prices. Oh and I have never been to Butterfly Beach but I have heard it is THE beach to go to in SB so wondering if anyone has been there as well. Thanks!!