Mission Beach is a quiet part of town this time of year, especially once the sun dips down into the Pacific. This works in locals' favor, especially those who are legally medicated in the late afternoon, have a willing driver, want to catch an electrifying sunset, and expect to get real hungry afterward.
If this at all resembles you or your priorities, then right after taking a cruise down the boardwalk, head over to the Single Fin Surf Grill for Balinese munchies including nasi goring - fried rice with a runny egg on it and crispy pork rinds on the side for mixing in some unhealthy goodness - and the crepe-like "Bali-style pancake," filled with banana slices, Nutella, and drizzled with honey.
Inside this sports bar/pub - yeah it's a tad loud with big TVs - but the mellow beach vive somehow emanates, maybe from the glowing blue bar and rustic wood accents, spacious patio, and super chill crowd. It kind of feels like the beach, depending on how much you've smoked.
Happy hour at the Single Fin is Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. with $4 drafts, $3,50 wells and half off all sides. For a complete calendar of weekly specials, surf their website. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Wednesday, and from 9 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday.
3844 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach. singlefinsd.com