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11 Best Places To Drink At Union Street Festival This Weekend

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A relatively tame scene outside Brick Yard during last year's Fair.
A relatively tame scene outside Brick Yard during last year's Fair.

Worried about where to get your buzz on now that there are no beer gardens at Union Street Festival? Thought so. Enter our clutch list of places with plenty of booze to help keep your weekend shenanigans fueled. Without further ado, here are the best places with makeshift beer gardens (or just good parties), just in the nick of time.

1) Unwind on Union: $10 gets you entry to an "indoor beer garden" in their glass back patio and a draft beer at this Union St. eatery featured on Food Network Canada. Tap into kegs of Anchor Steam and Blue Moon, pizza by the foot, corn dogs and "chicken and steak on a stick." Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight.

2) Marengo on Union: Should the sun care to show his face, they'll retract the ceiling on the roofdeck to make an outdoor party, err, inside. Both bars will serve big bowls of whiskey-spiked Lynchberg lemonade from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fries and sliders can be ordered should you care to partake. $10 cover charge.

3) The Brick Yards: You can start while the day is young at The Brickyard at 9 a.m. Music and drinks go till midnight. But the red tape is keeping the patio at bay for now. No cover charge.

4) Tacko: This New England themed taco shop is channeling Thailand by offering a selection of drinks served in buckets with straws. $20 cover includes a bucket of beer, an "agave wine-garita," sangria, or agave wine-spiked aguas frescas. Throw down a "Nantucket $10," a.k.a. $100, and get VIP seating on their patio for two hours and a bucket to boot. We just hope their bucket festivities stay classier than Thailand's. Then again, it's hard to trash it up with Michael McDonald blasting. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The full menu will be served, plus breakfast burritos.

5) Umami: Umami is clearing out their tables for standing room during "Sumo Hour" 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a happy hour menu of dishes like Shibuya beef sliders with gingered pickles and sushi rolls aplenty.

6) The Brixton: They're paring down the menu to burgers, salads and such to make way for dancing to classic rock on the patio. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and until 1 a.m. Sunday.

7) Bar None: College frat wannabes and their frat guy muses should head to Bar None's open, semi-underground front patio for beer pong and happy hour from 10 a.m. to noon.

8) Cafe Des Amis: Or should we say Bar Des Amis? CDA's putting a halt on food service and is turning into one big bar from 10 a.m. to 11ish. Famished? They'll still have food to go: burgers, wraps, fries, and cookies. But good luck eating while you stand in there. No cover charge.

9) Nettie's Crab Shack: Come for the Boston swizzle, stay for the... well, when you tell us "Wild Turkey lemonade slushie," that's all we really care about. But if you must know, white sangria and kegs of Stella and Big Daddy will be set up on their outdoor front patio. Standing room only. Inside things will prevail sort of like normal. No cover charge.

10) Joe's American: This Union St. newbie is clearing out for another one of those "indoor beer garden." From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Joe's will have Peroni and Sierra Nevada kegs (amongst others on tap), wine and a limited menu of sandwiches and salads. BONUS: if it's raining and you don't want to soggy your festival hot dog, they're allowing outside food! That's, like, unheard of. No cover charge.

11) Perry's: The Bauer dished "Cheers of restaurants" will serve their normal fare but will have a front room and patio dedicated to drinking. No cover charge. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

-Eva Frye

· Union Street Fair To Ban Booze, Rebrand As Arts And Crafts Event [SF Appeal]
· Union Street Festival Coverage [~ ESF ~]


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