Pull up a stool for the most beautiful view on the Mendocino Coast. Ole’s Whale Watch bar is a staple for locals and visitors alike, and is the place to get a drink and enjoy stunning sunsets, the tranquility of the Pacific Ocean, and through much of the year, the grey whale migration.
In addition to the bar, there are bar tables for you to enjoy a drink and a meal in a more casual environment than the restaurant. The bar fare is fun and a little bit edgy – we’d especially recommend the 60/40 sliders (that’s 60% natural ground beef and 40% Roundman’s bacon), the Dungeness crab cakes, and the absolutely incredible green lip mussels (broiled with wasabi tobiko and ponzu sauce over a sesame seaweed salad). The martini is great here, and if it’s offered, be sure to try the Little River Inn 75th anniversary beer (produced in tandem with the Anderson Valley Brewing Company, it’s a delicious saison-style).
Sue at the bar is a staple of any visit to Mendocino for many long-time visitors, and for good reason. Her drinks are second to none, and her attitude will have you coming back night after night. The camaraderie at this bar is really special – if you belly up to the bar you very well might sit next to a local who’s been coming here a few nights a week for forty years or more. This is a great place to pick up some insider tips, make new friends, and enjoy a world-class view and world-class drinks.