FOR PHOTO COLUMN. South Boston, MA 12/29/2008 "'Cause we can't afford to go to the Bahamas or Florida. How come I come here? I use my T-pass, and if I get ****-faced, I can go home. We all know each other." William "Billy" Cahalan, 60, of South Boston, has been coming to Croke Park, formerly Whitey's, since the 1970s. He recalls when the bar used to be on the other side of the room. "It's just continued to be a neighborhood bar."
Bartenders say the bar is open 8am-2am every day of the year, and is never empty and full of regular customers. Gerry Byrne says he thinks people come back because of, "good music on the jukebox, free pool, cheap beer, and everyone knows one another." The $1.50 pints of domestic beers and free pool table make it a cheap night out.
Photographed in South Boston, MA on Monday, December 29, 2008. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Section: PHOTO COLUMN Slug: n/a Reporter: Yoon S. Byun