Sorry I just saw this post. I've been at Waterfront Ale House all afternoon. Free music (Demetri & Poppa Chubby... "Black Coffee Blues Band"). Full menu available. Open, lively, upbeat and good. Put your coat on and go.
Tough area. Maybe bit the bullet and go to Henry ST. If not, you might try (pardon the gasp) Rice or Tendo. Not good. But what else is there? I am in the same situation. I myself am going down to Atlantic ave to the Beduin Tent.