He hasn't even got a fork and knife.
It's nine in the morning and Willie Black is on vodka and coke in The Lampost, one of a handful of Glasgow bars open before 11am.
But Mr Black isn't in for the drink, he says. Or the food. "I come for the company," the OAP explains from under a leather cowboy hat.
"The staff here are fantastic and the customers are great guys.
"I am usually here for 8 o'clock every day and I buy a breakfast - you have to - but I don't eat in the mornings.
"I have some vodka and then I go home - I don't get drunk these days."
Mr Black is chatting to a fellow customer, their untouched breakfasts - square sausage, eggs and beans - on the bar in front of them.
"The breakfast is only a £1," his friend, who asks not to be named, explains as he sips a pint of lager. "But I'm not hungry."
Beside them are police, officers who have come in to make sure the bar is sticking to the terms of its increasingly rare "early hours licence".
That means police are checking punters are getting served their breakfasts with their pints.
They are. Many must be eating them too: officers report that there isn't an unusual amount of leftovers in the bins in what one describes as a spotless kitchen.
BUT council, health and police chiefs aren't happy about breakfast boozing.
Licensing bosses have drafted a new policy under which no bar should expect to get a new licence to open before 11am. There are 56 pubs licensed to serve breakfasts with booze - although only a handful actually do so.
They include The Lampost in the Saltmarket, and nearby Mackinnon's and The Whistlin Kirk - which operate under so-called "grandfather" terms.
Historically, such bars served hungry and thirsty workers who had finished night shifts at the now long-departed markets and factories.
Now grandfather rules - in effect - means serving grandfathers.
Inspector Duncan Evans, the officer resp-onsible for licensing in the Glasgow division of Police Scotland, said: "It is our experience that the majority of patrons making use of early-opening premises are either unemployed or retired. These premises can also attract people with alcohol problems as off-sales do not open until 11am."
There were more than 1000 people picked up for being drunk and incapable in Glasgow between March last year and the same month of this year.
NEARLY four-fifths were men and 63% were unemployed. Just 3% were caught between 6am and noon.
But some of them represent a particular health problem: those for whom booze is almost a 24-hour habit.
Increasingly, health experts argue that cutting the availability of drink, including opening hours, reduces harmful drinking.
The new licensing board draft policy says "there is no longer a justification for such early morning hours in terms of shift workers or market workers".
A board spokesman said today: "We have been consulting on the draft policy for the next three years and we hope to have a final policy agreed by the end of November."
Mackinnon's wasn't full of shift workers yesterday. Staff were preparing for Hallowe' en. Its barmaid - with tinsel antennae in her hair - said she served "big male nurses off shift from the Royal".
But there were none in when we visited.
One punter at Mackinnons said there were reasons to drink in the morning other than the shift ending.
Murdy Mc-Arthur, 57, from Duke Street, said: "It is much safer, I don't go out at night. So I come here and have my breakfast and a couple of pints instead."
The idea of phasing out breakfast licences didn't go down better in The Whistlin Kirk.
Electrician John Deans comes for break-fast and a pint on days off. He said: "They have 24-hour drinking all over Europe. Why are we worse than Europeans?"