Parklife is a tiny bar with big outdoor area. It’s about the size and shape of the lot that your apartment building sits on, and, as the name suggests, it does sort of feel like a park. There are a bunch of picnic tables and some patio furniture, and, on a nice day, it’s a pretty ideal place for a mellow hang with about one to seven friends. There’s also a little taqueria from the people behind El Atoradero inside, and they do tacos, burritos, and a version of nachos with fries instead of chips. It isn’t our favorite Mexican in the city, but if you’re drinking it’ll do just fine.
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