There are, like, a thousand people pouring into quiet little Browne’s Addition for Elkfest and Artfest right now, and they're gonna be there all weekend. That means that two things are becoming significantly harder to come by without a serious patience: parking spots and drinks.
But we’ve got answers. Not really for the parking situation (Buses! Bikes! Feet! Use ‘em!) but for the boozing.
Here are some nearby spots you can hit when you're in a beer crisis or just need an adventure.
TACOS TUMBRAS (1325 W. Second Ave.) recently opened a delightful cantina area in their already delightful restaurant. Its location is but a couple blocks outside of Browne’s, which makes it a perfect pit stop on Elkfest weekend. The cantina is cheery, painted just as brightly as the rest of the restaurant, and you can still score their authentic (and super-cheap) food in the bar area.
Also, our research has shown that the whopping 32 oz. “ballenas” of Pacifico available in the Tacos Tumbras cantina are roughly 266 percent more fun than the 12 oz ones. We encourage all to replicate our study.
In the same direction, but a couple blocks north, is ANDY’S (1401 W. First Ave.), a fine little joint with a full bar
and tasty food. It, too, is just right outside Browne’s and best reached by
using the pedestrian bridge at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and South Maple
Street, by the fire station.
In another direction entirely is THE SWAMP TAVERN (1904 W. Fifth Ave.). They’ve got a rad back patio with a
fire, funky lights and, most importantly, beer. The selection is vast, and it’s
only a few blocks from the festival on the other side of the train tracks. Just
look south for the giant yellow and
black sign that reads: “TAVERN.” (Sunset Junction is also nearby.)
Also, please don’t die trying to get across Sunset Highway.
If you'd rather just stock up on 40s, buy them at the sweet SUNSET GROCERY (1908
W. Sunset Blvd.) and drink them in the bushes before heading back to the center of the universe at Cannon and Pacific.