Lucha isn’t much more than a dive bar with food, but that’s exactly why we like it. It’s easy to get a last-minute reservation, almost every item on their menu is $5 during Happy Hour, and they even have a porch out front with large, picnic-style tables. Go with your work friends when you get out early because your boss was in a good mood and grab some tacos and a few margaritas. If you spend over $20 per person, you’ve done something wrong.
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La Calaca Feliz
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