Beer, a bloody mary and the beach, a ménage à trois made in heaven. At the Ventura Pier, you have a few options — either Beach House Tacos or Beach House Fish, both with great options for boozin’ it up while watching seagulls harass tourists.
Beach House Fish, the big sister of the adjacent Beach House Tacos, offers up a swell selection of seafood and what-have-you to go along with killer happy hour specials, which change daily. On this particular Easter Sunday, I couldn’t help but covet a bloody mary, the vegetable cocktail full of whatever is trendy at the time.
The bloody mary at Beach House is fully customizable. Choose your vodka, choose your garnish and choose your pickle. Of the three garnishes — bacon, snow crab claw and a spicy shrimp — I chose, naturally, bacon. When my drink arrived, however, it was adorned with a shrimp. After I made mention of this, the bartender took my drink, attached the bacon and voila! Now I had a spicy shrimp and bacon bloody mary strong enough to return the dead to the world of the living with just enough peppery goodness.
My second bloody mary was adorned with the crab claw, which takes a little bit of elbow grease to enjoy. Personally, if I’m drinking a bloody mary, I don’t want to be bothered with physical activity. I’ll stick with the shrimp and bacon, which, from here on, I’m calling the “5 O’Clock Somewhere Special.”
Happy hour at Beach House Fish runs every day except Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m. During happy hour, draft beers are $2.50, a ridiculous bargain considering that the selection consists mostly of Firestone Walker and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. On tap recently was Fig Mountain’s Lizard Mouth double IPA, which for $2.50 is almost thievery.
With a beer and a bloody mary in hand, the beach has never been more welcoming; though if you’re ordering the crab garnish, expect to give it 40 whacks or so.
Chris O’Neal dares you to stare into a mirror and ask for a bloody mary. Follow him on Twitter @agentoneal.