Mr. Smith's of Georgetown

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Mr. Smith's of Georgetown Mr. Smith's of Georgetown is a hopping Washington, DC piano bar/restaurant. Come sing a song or ten in DC with Party Earth. Washington, DC United States 38.905092 -77.061405
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11:30am–2am, F–Sa 11:30am–3am, Su 11:30am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

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Mr. Smith's of Georgetown is a hopping Washington, DC piano bar/restaurant. Come sing a song or ten in DC with Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Most menu items barely exceed $10, but if you really want to make your date’s eyes bulge, ask for the $1,000 burger. The burger itself is just a regular burger, but it’s served with a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild.

  • Crowd

    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+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Classic American menu including burgers, French dip, steak, and salads. Beer-of-the-month special available all day. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Preppy casual: jeans, button-downs, blazers, dresses, heels, boots.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    Bodega (3116 M Street NW) provides another unique experience with its saucy tunes, Spanish paella, and authentic sangria.

Mr. Smith's of Georgetown User Reviews

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lives up to its name
Tara R. Dec 9, 2012
I’ve always loved the idea of a saloon for those without cowboy spurs. At Mr. Smith’s, there’s nothing to prove, either in your vocal range or your song choice, and consequently everyone’s having a good time. I haven’t seen anyone miserable at Mr. Smith’s that I can remember, and while having a nightly live piano player may seem gimmicky, it’s a rarity in a nightlife scene where you’re usually giving DJs song requests. Mr. Smith’s is for the non-pretentious looking to have a good, merry time, so if that’s what you’re looking for, by all means, do some vocal warm ups and come for the singalong!
Sing Us a (Drunken) Song Piano Man
Danny M. Aug 3, 2012
When you're in the mood for a good drunken sing-along, Mr. Smith's is the perfect spot to belt out your favorite tunes. Gather some friends around the piano, throw back a few drinks, and join in the good-natured feel-good songs the piano men serve up for the crowd. The piano players are really talented and know most songs you would want to hear but make sure to get your requests in early because the wait can be long when it’s crowded. I especially like going Sun-Tue when Spencer Bates is on the keys or anytime I feel like hearing Billy Joel, Elton John, Journey, or [insert your favorite song here].
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