Based on the Island’s facade — a nondescript stucco wall with red and green stripes — it’s difficult to fathom just how cool this Alameda joint is on the inside. Located a few blocks from the Webster Tube, it specializes in dancehall, reggae, R&B, merengue, and soca, erring more on the pop side. Thatched roofs, orange lanterns, and a small dance floor give the Island a real Caribbean isle feel. This is a weekend-only joint with a classy dress code. There’s no cover for Ladies Nite on Fridays, and there is a cover for Reggae International Saturdays with DJs Electro and Linden B.
Albany’s legendary neighborhood bar was renovated in 2012 with reclaimed materials and Prohibition-era, vintage fixtures. Mattress springs hang from the ceiling! Live music happens regularly, and might include rockabilly or reggae. The cocktail menu includes handcrafted cocktails using fresh, local and house-made ingredients. There's a pool table and big screen, plus happy hour until 7 p.m. every day.