Two girls walk into a bar… Sounds like the beginning of a funny joke, right? Well, it was funny, after the fact. On a trip to La Paz, Mexico, we took a little diversion to Todos Santos. Exploring the area, we discovered a quirky roadside attraction surrounded with sprawling land art called Art and Beer. Art AND Beer, how could we say no?
Entering the palapa bar, it was a wonderland of relics and photos. We headed upstairs to see the ocean view and noticed more land art, mostly made of recycled bottles from the years of serving beer. After a little exploration, we were greeted by a hippie-looking older woman. Come to find out it was the owner Lourdes Campos. Behind the bar was her longtime partner, Alfredo Ruiz.
She brought over chalkboard menus and we ordered a margarita, pina colada and three types of ceviche. They are known for their chocolate clams as well.
The drinks came, large enough for three people. We were happy. Like an adult playground, there was more surreal art to discover via wooden planks weaving through the outdoor gallery.
It was a dreamy afternoon. Drinking tropical cocktails, listening to jazz, meeting new friends at the bar and joking around with Alfredo. Then, the bill came.
Here’s where the Mexico mayhem began at Art and Beer:
Hot Tips on Avoiding Mayhem and Misadventure at Art & Beer:
1. The toilet is basically a bucket. If you can hold it, do so.
2. Eat your ‘free’ vegetable soup or suffer the wrath of Alfredo. He won’t let you have the bill before you do. But, the rewards are sweet, literally – a plate of fresh fruit drizzled with a creamy Mexican alcohol called Rompope is served (like a Kahlua).
3. Bring at least a $100 dollars cash for two.
Art and Beer is located on Mexico 19 at the Km 69 marker, beachside, a few miles south of Pescadero.
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