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The Alley

Rod Dibble plays piano nightly at this Lake Merritt bar, often with vocal accompaniment from local amateur cabaret crooners. Designed like an old saloon with relatively private diner-style booths (where you can order a burger, steak, or fries to go with your drinks), the Alley is characterized by its vintage clotheslines, pink and baby-blue restroom stalls (much cleaner than those at your average East Bay haunt), and the thousands of marquees and business cards stapled to its walls. In contrast to the swankier Kingman’s Lucky Lounge across the street, the Alley stays true to its namesake, and the cluttered decor makes it seem homey.

Bay Area Martial Arts Academy offers professional instruction for adults and children age four and up.

Stocks a multitude of shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays, and relaxers — and that’s only the hair products.

Each class is held in a heated room and practices 26 postures in 90 minutes.

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