"But best of all, the place is usually sparsely attended..."
How many nights did you go there to reach that conclusion? The nights I've been there, the place has been packed each time, but there are always people slipping outside to smoke so you'll find a seat. Regi Harvey, now on a short-term hiatus, leads his own band and oversees open-mike night players whom his band backs up. People are friendly,the music is superb, the sound doesn't break your eardrums and the bartender knows her stuff down to the ground. It's musical, it's mellow, it's a fine night out. Located in the Bernal Heights district near the Mission district, in the center of the commercial section of Cortland St., it's more than worth a visit. Or two. Or more.