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Albany Taproom, Albany’s first beer bar, offers 32 draft beers in addition to a selection of ciders and wine. The bar menu is crafted to complement every type of brew. On Tuesdays, various local artists and musicians perform.

This spacious, dimly lit Albany tavern has a hunting-lodge-meets-tiki-lounge feel. Just look for the funky red and green neon sign on San Pablo Ave. It has two floors, two full bars, two jukeboxes, two smoking patios, five pool tables, and lots of comfortable seating. Prices are reasonable, and the drinks are strong. Club Mallard has a laid-back vibe and is great for groups. Strike a pose in the photo booth and see why women love the second-floor bathroom.

The Hotsy Totsy used to be one of Albany's notorious dives, but the bar, which is now more than seventy years old, underwent a thorough renovation in 2009. Make no mistake, the Hotsy Totsy will always have some of that old-school dive-bar spirit in its soul, but its new incarnation offers sleek furniture, inventive drinks, and a slightly more upscale vibe alongside its signature shuffleboard tables and neon sign. As an added bonus, a delicious and dirt-cheap taco truck parks outside Thursday through Sunday nights from 9:30 p.m. until closing time.

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.

Mum and da drink and play darts while the bairns mess about with toys provided by the management — just as they do at pubs in England. Most of the menu is British, for better or worse, with faithful renderings of shepherd's pie, sausage dishes, and fish ’n chips; patrons whose Anglophilia ends at the placemat make merry with burgers, pastas, and salads. The staff's willingness to prepare child-size portions has given this place a reputation as the Chuck E. Cheese of the bar world. Ten taps spout American microbrews and English favorites.

A low-key smoker’s paradise and homey-feeling lounge, proffering more than fourteen blends of tobacco and a good selection of pipes, lighters, and cigarette holders, as well as beer on tap including Bass, Fullers, Guinness, and Harp.

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