Beer, beer, and more beer. Mohawk Bend has one of the finest (and most affordable) stocks of California beer in the city. But if you aren’t into the stuff, there are plenty of other reasons to stop by. The pretty impressive space used to be an old vaudeville theater and has a better-than-expected, vegan menu perfect for a casual date night. And for soaking up all those IPAs you’ve been drinking.
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