In the Garage: La Urbana Expands With Some New Bar Space
Just in time for Día de Los Muertos, La Urbana, the fancy-schmancy taquería on Divis, has expanded. The bar annex, called El Garaje Urbano, is quite literally a garage, door and all.
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Less a stand-alone destination than a beautifully decked-out overflow space for the restaurant, El Garaje operates on something of an honor system. Grab a 1.5-oz pour of mescal ($8), a glass of wine ($9), or a beer for $5 (Mexicali, Chilidevil Hefeweizen). The menu might be misspelled and written out on a broken-down cardboard box, but the rest of the space pulses with energy, painted like a deconstructed zebra coat and full of seating. (Contrast that with the cool, minimalist exterior.)
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El Garaje is only open from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday (i.e. at peak times). Light a candle and leave an offering at the altar, or just sit there and text your tardy friends as you wait for a table to open up, dreaming of huarache de pato and quesadillas Tijuana.
El Garaje Urbano, inside La Urbana, 661 Divisadero St., (415) 440-4500.