With its black vinyl booths, checkerboard floor, festive streamers and colorful murals of tropical fish, the Marlin Club is more fun and less pretentious than a lot of bars on Catalina. The oldest bar in Avalon, the Marlin was constructed to look like a ship by members of the Merchant Marines during World War II. Even the swinging doors to the restrooms are decorated with matching his-&-her mermaid-like torsos crowned with porthole windows. If the Marlin Club is a dive bar, it's a dive in the best sense of the word, with a good mix of locals and serious drinkers who want to get away from the tourist traps around the corner along the waterfront. The drinks are strong, the music is rocking, and, in keeping with Avalon's small-town vibe, the regulars can range from grizzled classic rockers to fresh-faced and earnest young lovers. Cover bands play live on Friday nights, and a rocking jukebox keeps the party going the rest of the time. For the competitive minded, there's sports on large-screen TVs and cozy nooks with darts, foosball, pinball and vintage video games. The full bar mainly stocks the greatest hits of alcohol, from Jack Daniels and Bacardi to Don Jose and Absolut, with a few dozen beers, stouts and lagers alongside a small selection of wine.