Sometimes you've got to get the funk out of SF, beyond Oaktown and thensome (trust me, it's good to get a little perspective every once in a while)… Keep it real by hitting the Albany scene (did you even know they had one?) out at the Ivy Room. This is a local bar with a little stage that rocks to the blues most nights a week. The place to go when you want to belly up to a bar where no one knows your name. Also, a great place to book if you're a band that wants to play in the area to an entirely different crowd than the usual.