The five best piano bars in NYC

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Marie’s Crisis
This beloved West Village institution offers the definitive old-school piano-bar experience: Broadway scores by the score, sung by everyone together in a genuine spirit of community and shared appreciation. 59 Grove St between Seventh Ave South and Bleecker St (212-243-9323)

The Duplex
The pianists change night to night at this longtime Village bar, which lets patrons sing standards or more recent pop hits. On Friday nights, go upstairs to catch the show-tune antics at the Mostly Sondheim event. 61 Christopher St at Seventh Ave South (212-255-5438)

Don’t Tell Mama
The back rooms offer cabaret shows nightly, but the front bar space is a rollicking open-mike piano bar—especially on weekends, when it overflows with tourists who have spilled over from the nearby Times Square theaters. 343 W 46th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-757-0788)

The Townhouse
This East Side gentlemen’s club has the time-warp charm of a carefully appointed gathering spot for gay men in the 1950s. Tucked into the corner is a lovely grand piano, and the men who mill around it are supportive and sweet. 206 E 58th St between Second and Third Aves (212-826-6241)

Brandy’s
Don’t expect much theater music at this popular Upper East Side watering hole, where the music leans toward classic radio rock. The mixed, youngish, drunkish crowd tends to muscle in on the musical action, especially in catchy choruses. 235 E 84th St between Second and Third Aves (212-744-4949)

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