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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 02/22/2008

Play Me A Song, Piano Man

By Fritz Hahn

During yesterday's Got Plans? discussion, a reader from Foggy Bottom wrote: "Gurus! My mother is visiting this upcoming weekend and is looking for a piano bar. I live in Foggy Bottom, so if there are any close by, that'd be great."

When you're talking piano bars in D.C., most of the conversation comes back to Mr. Smith's in Georgetown, when you can find pianists tickling the ivories every night, playing Sinatra, Van Morrison, Lynyrd Skynrd and, inevitably, Billy Joel, while the patrons cluster around the baby grand and sing along. There are song "menus" for you to make requests. It's loud and crowded, but can be a lot of fun -- though maybe not if you don't like listening to off-key warbling of "American Pie."

Also near you, the Four Seasons Hotel has live piano in its Garden Terrace Lounge from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Might be a good place to relax and catch up with Mom over a glass of wine.

The Morrison House Hotel in Alexandria has its own piano man Thursday through Saturday night, with a repertoire that runs from Gilbert and Sullivan musicals through '80s hits. It's a cozy little space that draws a crowd of all ages.

For something special, take Mom out to the Serbian Crown, where a group of regulars gathers every Friday to sing showtunes and classic musical numbers, complete with dance routines and production numbers. It can be highly entertaining -- just see the TV commercial -- and you'll be encouraged to join in.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | February 22, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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I can't believe you forgot to mention Banana Cafe! They have the best happy hour and piano bar in the city. The man playing the piano is blind and very talented. Sometimes he'll even play the trumpet at the same time he's playing the piano.

Posted by: Crystal | February 26, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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