There’s nothing quite like the soothing sounds of a piano (and a couple of stiff drinks) to help relieve the tension and stress a long day brings. Whether you prefer classical tunes, smooth jazz, rowdy sing-alongs or a rousing rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, there is a piano bar in the District just for you.

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Banana Cafe and Piano Bar
500 8th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-5906

If pink walls could talk, they would say that the Banana Cafe is the place to be for tasty Tex-Mex staples and a fun and festive piano bar. The two-story establishment features a vibrantly-colored dining area and patio downstairs and a full-service bar, comfy couches and piano bar upstairs. In addition to the piano, Banana Cafe’s featured entertainer, Gordon Kent, plays a wide variety of other instruments, including the saxophone, trumpet and synthesizer. Enjoy daily happy hour food and drink specials as well as specially themed nights like All Night Happy Hour and Karaoke Night.

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Bobby McKey’s
172 Fleet St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 567-1488

Located within minutes of DC, Bobby McKey’s takes the concept of a piano bar to a whole new level. Instead of a musical guest tickling a schmaltzy tune, the restaurant and bar features a highly energetic and interactive dueling piano show. Up to four piano players take the stage and compete against each other by playing tunes requested by the audience. From Mozart to Jay-Z, no song is off-limits. Enjoy happy hour specials, delicious hand-crafted adult beverages and tasty meals with musically-inspired names like the Bon Jovi Wrap or the Sweet Caroline Pulled Pork Sandwich. 21 and older only.

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The Grille at Morrison House
116 S. Alfred St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000

Why sit there and listen to piano tunes when you can sing along? That’s exactly what goes on at the Grille at Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria. Pat Rohrer, a legendary local pianist, has performed at the Grille for over 25 years. Come see what the fun and excitement is all about every Thursday night at 8 p.m. The Grille also features sing-alongs Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights with Bob Smith and Friends, another local pianist, as well as other weekly special events including seasonal activities and Story Time Tea. The restaurant offers bistro-style meals, a hosted wine hour and an elegant dining room that is separate from the piano bar.

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Mr. Smiths of Georgetown
3104 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-3104

Hailed by local residents and guests as the “friendliest saloon in town,” Mr. Smiths of Georgetown features a casual and relaxed atmosphere, daily food and drink specials (including a Beer of the Month), the largest outdoor seating and dining area in town plus live piano music every night of the week. Enjoy burgers, salads and other traditional American fare in the “Secret Garden,” try a glass of house wine or hang out in the main bar and listen to Jon Andelson and Spencer Bates tickle the ivories. It’s the only piano bar in town open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

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Iris Lounge
1524 Spring Hill Road
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 760-9000

Located in the heart of Tysons Corner, the Iris Lounge features a piano bar as well as a cigar bar, pool tables, delicious drinks and tasty foods. Every Wednesday night, the Christopher Linman Jazz Ensemble takes center stage from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., playing both well-known and original songs. There’s plenty of space for you to sit and enjoy the show or to dance the night away. The lounge also features salsa lessons on Tuesday nights, Ladies Night Thursday nights, a DJ and dancing Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy traditional American fare such as buffalo chicken, juicy burgers and build-your-own grilled cheese sandwiches.

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