Wild About Larry

A former Phillie who plays ass quarters at Downey's? No wonder we love him.

By G.W. Miller III
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Andersen first arrived at Downey's, down at Front and South, for a drink back in 1983 and started a conversation with Brennan, the bartender.

They wound up talking baseball that night until 4:30 in the morning. They've been close friends ever since--Andersen now lives around the corner from Brennan in South Philly and spends much of his free time at Downey's.

You can occasionally find Andersen guest bartending here, singing karaoke to the Temptations or dancing.

"You'd be surprised," Brennan notes. "He's a very good dancer."

Then he motions to the bar.

"He's been on the bar dancing maybe a dozen times," Brennan continues. "Dancing and playing ass quarters."

In response to my perplexed look, Brennan explains that ass quarters is a drinking game where you clench three quarters in your butt cheeks, stand on the bar, squatting over top of a pint glass, and try to drop the coins in the cup.

"He invented the game!" Brennan exclaims.

Leaning against the mahogany wall, Andersen says with a smirk, "It's very comfortable in here."

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