11 p.m. Saturday: Best Late-Night Blues Boogie 

The Serenader

This probably ain't the Anticon scene, but if you're polite and not claustrophobic and you love the blues and you're up for whatever, the Serenader is the best damn party bar in the East Bay. You must understand this place is not much bigger than your living room and it has a full bar, a killer band, a pool table, and maybe a hundred folks in it! And you often have to walk through the band to get into the bar. Good golly, Miss Molly -- no matter who's playing, they always know how to cook. Ain't nothin' but the blues, but you'll see guitarists who could make Keith Richards want to switch to tambourine. Hell, just watching the drinks waiter weave through a bumpin' crowd with a full tray is pure entertainment. The best place to do your thing is on the microscopic dance floor. You might as well bust a move, 'cause you ain't gonna get one of the six or seven small tables, or even a seat at the bar. Get used to it. Everyone is friendly and the drinks aren't watered down, and they are reasonably priced. Have fun, but don't tell. It'll be our little secret.

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