Don't Tell Mama, New York City
Don't tell mama is a wonderful piano bar where you can drop in for a couple on nightcaps and listen to some incredible performers who also serve the drinks sing all the Broadway show tunes.
Go early (9.30-10pm) as it is a small cosy bar if you don't want to line up.
Dress Code: Smart casual
The best night we had in New York was one singing our heads off to requests played on the piano at "Don't tell Mama" (off Broadway).
We arrived just before 10pm when it was still quiet, but after the theatres kick out around 10pm, the place fills up very quickly. It is a festively decorated warm bar, with a piano at one end, played expertly by their guest artist that night. The waiters and bar tenders (obviously out of work actors waiting for that break!) jump in and belt out a song or two, and the drink is flowing freely.
Before we knew it it was 3am and there's no sign of the entertainment winding up. The waiter is now wearing nothing more than spandex underpants and an apron, having ripped off his trousers and shirt mid performance. The rest of us are three sheets to the wind, singing out classics like "Doe, a deer" and Abba's "Waterloo" at the tops of our out-of-tune voices.
Dress Code: Whatever you like - the waiter was in his underpants for most of the night....!
I would never have gone to this club if a friend hadn't introduced me and a group of friends to it. The musically talented bar staff take turns singing to show tunes and popular music while a pianist plays. They also encourage the audience to sing along. One male singer dressed in drag and put on quite a performance. (Not recommended for kids.) It was hilarious! I think they have drop-in Broadway-wanna-be's that sing, too.
Dress Code: Anything you want.
Piano Bars - Don't Tell Mama, Rose's Turn, Danny's
If you love to sing, love showtunes, or love to hear other people sing live, this is for you. These are three piano bars in the city, and there are more, but these will get you started. After catching a Broadway show, you might be in the mood for a cabaret-type environment. Tell your bartender or waitress if you have the guts to get up and sing, or just sit and admire all the wanna-be singers and actors doing what they love. They usually start around 9pm and continue until 4am. You can bring sheet music if you want, but the pianists usually know all the standards and showtunes.
Dress Code: Casual, but nice. Don't wear anything terribly fancy or you'll feel out of place. Feel free to dress in drag, though, if that's your thing.
Don't Tell Mama is a cabaret bar full of people who love to sing and will tend bar and serve cocktails to have a venue for their vocal cords. Broadway tunes in your lap.
Dress Code: There's not a lot of attitude at this place, wear what you like.
Don't Tell Mama's or for a more quiet experience, Rosie Too's
Don't Tell Mama's is a rocking piano bar right in the theatre district. It's one downfall is it is mobbed with tourists when the shows get out. Showtunes and other sing-a-long songs abound. For a similar atmosphere in a more intimate setting, try it's sister location Rosie Too's
Dress Code: Anything goes from theatre clothes to jeans.