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Marie's Crisis Cafe

Bars, Beer bars West Village
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Marie's Crisis Cafe
Photograph: Glenn Wood

Time Out says

The draw at this beloved West Village institution ain't the drinks—cheap beer, vodka highballs—it's the old-school piano-bar experience. Belt out a Broadway tune with the rest of the bar, and keep an eye peeled for legendary pianist Dexter Watson, who's been a fixture at Marie's for ages.



Address: 59 Grove St
Cross street: between Bleecker St and Seventh Ave South
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average main drink: $6. Cash only.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-3am; Fri, Sat 4pm-4am
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This place is AMAZING. It's a tiny piano bar, located in a basement in a corner of the West Village, right on Grove Street. If you're ever feeling blue, walk in and I promise you'll immediately have a smile on your face as you belt out Oklahoma with a throng of enthusiastic gay locals and theatre buffs. The history of the place is fascinating--it originally opened in the 1850s as a home base for prostitutes, then turning into a bar known as Marie's in the 1890s. According to some light googling, the "Crisis" came from Thomas Paine's "Crisis Papers". Cool, right? Fast forward to now, when it serves as the greatest piano bar in NYC, offering the most joyous escape through show tunes each night. Be sure to check it out if you're ever in the West Village. 

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Toby Keith sings a song called "I Love This Bar" Well I don't suppose Toby will ever make it to Marie's Crisis, but hell "I Love This Bar" On a five day visit to New York we ended the night here three times. It's gay but Hetro friendly and possibly the best Piano Bar in the world. Broadway sing-a-long with outstanding solos from time to time. And if you don't like show-tunes you can pop into the blues bar next door. What's not to like ? 

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