Party Earth Review Young revelers pining for a hopping piano bar, expansive patio, or a simple American menu that won’t break the bank won’t do better in this neck of DC than Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown. A clash between an old diner and a... ... read full review
3104 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
M–Th 11:30am–2am, F–Sa 11:30am–3am, Su 11:30am–2am
Georgetown, Washington, DC –
Young revelers pining for a hopping piano bar, expansive patio, or a simple American menu that won’t break the bank won’t do better in this neck of DC than Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown.
A clash between an old diner and a museum in terms of décor, with lots of Tiffany lamps and antique mirrors, the bar’s inconsistent theme is almost a metaphor for the nightly pianist who gets college-aged regulars riled up over lots of 70s and 80s classics.
The wait for requests off the limited song list is always long on Friday and Saturday nights, so trendy party girls and closeted Broadway-loving frat boys would be advised to pad the pianist with a buck or two.
Those looking to socialize away from a screaming rendition of American Pie retreat with their gang upstairs, which provides some extra seating and a few rustic tables for the less rambunctious crowd.
An expansive greenhouse-style dining area and bar in back features lots of hanging plants and simple tables, where by day casual tourists and locals dine on burgers and French dip, and by night Georgetown kids pound beer specials.
Whether it really is “The Friendliest Saloon in Town” as the sign portends is a matter of opinion, but Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown definitely leaves its patrons with both their bellies and their vocal cords stretched.
Merrymaking young professionals, preppy Georgetown University students, girls on a big night out, large packs of rowdy friends, and a more casual set of families, tourists, and older locals during the day, early 20s+.
Piano man nightly from 9pm (10pm F–Sa). Top 40 on the sound system between and after sets. Scattered TVs usually tuned to local sports.
Classic American menu including burgers, French dip, steak, and salads. Beer-of-the-month special available all day. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.
No cover charge. Brunch menu $10–$14, appetizers $5–$14, burgers $9–$10, dinner entrées $10–$25. Beer $4–$6, wine $4–$7, cocktails $5–$10.
Preppy casual: jeans, button-downs, blazers, dresses, heels, boots.
Fridays and Saturdays after 9pm for the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd of college revelers singing along to the piano at the top of their lungs.
Bodega (3116 M Street NW) provides another unique experience with its saucy tunes, Spanish paella, and authentic sangria.