The Serenader has a great name and a great sign, but once inside it’s not as cool as the 5th Amendment. Sure, the 5th Amendment’s got the cool facade of a dive, including its don’t-blame-me-I’m-just-a-drunkard moniker, but inside holds some of the best weekend parties in the East Bay. On Saturday nights Lloyd Gregory & Friends tear shit up with an R&B, jazz, and blues bent, and he always features fantastic guest vocalists. Sundays are reserved for Yancie Taylor, jazz vibraharpist. Both men have been performing regularly there for more than ten years. And all you electronica techno freaks can learn something from the jazzy funk bass of Curtis Ohlson on Wednesdays. On a real good night, Soul Beat regulars such as Stan the Record Man wander in as well, but don’t expect him to sing. The 5th Amendment is an Oakland institution: familiar, fun, and intimate.