Welcome to MOTIV, located in Downtown Santa Cruz. MOTIV creates a space for “inspired culture”, engaging our passions on many levels. The vital components of MOTIV’s DNA are music, art, food, drinks, politics, social causes and community events. Voted Santa Cruz’s Best Nightclub, Best DJ and Best Bartender; MOTIV is also recognized for its fresh tapas-style menu and it's gallery for local art. With live music seven nights a week, passionate employees, amazing food and incredible drinks, MOTIV is the standout venue for pushing everyone's creative threshold.

MOTIV features a diverse mix of music and talent from the world’s top DJs to the area’s best up and coming performers. Artists such as Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Dada Life, Excision, Datsik and more have graced the humble decks of MOTIV’s storied history. Check out the calendar below for a current list of DJ’s/entertainment and get your groove on seven nights a week.

The area’s top, award winning bartenders and award winning drinks await you at MOTIV’s lounge. Our drink selection offers a mixture of your favorite classics, specialty drinks, top-shelf Vodka, Tequilla, Whiskey, Bourbons, and Scotch.

By the bottle or out of the tap, choose from a wide selection of your favorite domestic, import, and local beers. We also have an extensive selection of wines from boutique wineries.

Signature Cocktails

The Lucky Strike $9
St. George Terroir Gin, Amaro di Angostura, Bundaberg Ginger Beer, Lime and Mint

Smugglers Run $10
Belvedere Vodka, Aperol, St. Germain, Lemon, Champagne

Paloma #2 $9
Zapopan 100% Agave Tequila, Pamplemousse, St. Elder, Grapefruit

American Don $12
Hennessy Cognac, Spiced Pear Liqueur, Black Walnut Bitters

Fall Be Kind $10
Cruzan Rum, Jasmine Liqueur, Orgeat, Apple Bitters

Apple Crisp $9
George Dickel Rye, Unfiltered Apple Juice, Apple Shrubs, Cinnamon Bitters

Queen B $9
El Peloton Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Passion Fruit

Champagne Cocktail $9
Chandon Brut Classic with Elderflower or Orchid Elixir

With a constantly evolving menu, MOTIV offers gourmet appetizers and entrees to sate any palate. Crispy garlic fries, fresh Ahi sushi tacos, juicy Angus burgers and much, much more await you in the lounge.


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