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Best Bluegrass Bar 

McGrath's Irish Pub

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You'll get a heaping helping of pickin' and grinnin' with your beer at this Lincoln Avenue hangout. We all know McGrath's is a sure-bet fun night with its weird kitschy decor (including an impressive array of antique model airplanes) and the charming Alameda local color that's regularly in attendance. Lesser known is the burgeoning bluegrass music community that's built up around weekly Monday-night jams, which the bar's web site touts as "the Bay Area's best" — and they are! Several thriving bluegrass projects have splintered off from the regular Monday-night sessions, which are religiously attended by pickers and fiddlers both young and old from around the greater Bay Area. There are two rooms — one for more serious pickers, and one where a huge circle of jammers forms for an all-out, all-comers hootenanny. Don't be shy — everybody's welcome to take a turn leading a song. Check out the Kentucky Twisters and Grizzly Peak, two new bands of gray-hairs that met at the jam sessions over the past years.
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