Imbiber’s Agenda: Georgetown Piano Bar Opens Friday

Sing-alongs and martinis at M Street's newest watering hole.

Georgetown Piano Bar opens for singing and cocktailing on M Street. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Georgetown is about to have not one, but two piano bars when the sensibly named Georgetown Piano Bar opens Friday evening. Co-owner Hunter Lang (formerly of Mr. Smith’s, the other piano bar that recently reopened in the neighborhood) and fellow pianist Spencer Bates will lead nightly concerts in the 90-seat space. 

The music: Inclusive. Lyric books will be available to encourage sing-alongs, and those looking to perform a solo act can make requests. 

The liquid courage: Wine ($7), draft beers ($6), and specialty cocktails and martinis named after famous musicians. Dean Martin is sounding pretty tasty these days with Grey Goose vodka, dry vermouth, and St. Germaine.

Best seats: Spotlight-seekers should snag a spot at the 20-seat  bar in the middle of the room. 

Date night-do: The place is pretty no-frills and won’t serve food, but paying guests can bring their own. Grab takeout lobster rolls from nearby Luke’s Lobster, get the vocal chords lubed with a glass of wine, and be ready to sing when the piano show starts at 9. 

Date night-don’t: Have too many drinks and insist on a solo performance of “Chopsticks.”

Georgetown Piano Bar. 3287 M St., NW. Open Sunday through Thursday 5 to 2, Friday and Saturday 5 to 3. Live piano music 9 to close. Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.