Walter Mencken 10:06 a.m., Feb. 6
Little Italy Waterfront happy hour: Free is good
And this HH is specially hard to beat when it includes free crab legs
Good news you forgot you knew: I was on Kettner around six in the evening ''t'other day and heard the crowd before I saw them under the black awning.
It was the happy hour crowd at The Waterfront, this town’s oldest bar (2044 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy, 619-232-9656). I elbowed my way in, to the left end of the counter, and there, sho ‘nuff, were two big chafing dishes. One had spicy chicken wings, the other, OMG! A raft of giant crab legs.
“Yes, free, if you buy a drink,” said Lauren, the barkeep. So I buy a pint of Belching Beaver Dam! IIPA (meaning double IPA), for all of $4, and then have at it with da crabs. For starters, the Beaver’s 8.8 percent, and is it that? But these crab legs are way-meaty, the chicken is way-hot, and the conversation, when I finally get a bar stool, is fun. People here are from all over. Lots of Coast Guard, local business, and hey, ordinary people off the street, like yours truly.
I get out full-bellied and feeling good about the world for (drum-roll please): $4. Including everything except the tip.