Ercole's, a casual beach bar that's been around since 1927, is located only two blocks from the Manhattan Beach pier. This dark bar, with low lighting and wood paneling, features exposed wooden beams that create artificial separation among parts of the bar. Ercole's lends itself to surfers, beach bums and locals looking for someplace simple and unpretentious to tip one back. The TVs are tuned to whatever game is on, and the sound of balls clinking on the pool table can be heard from the back of the bar. If you're hankering for a late night bite, burgers and hot dogs are the primary menu items, but after a few rounds they'll seem like caviar and filet mignon.