Marie's Crisis Cafe

Piano Bar and Gay Bar
West Village, New York
116 Tips and reviews
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  • cheap drinks
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  • Christian T.
    Soooooo much fun
  • Deniz T.
    Oh gosh, what an experience! Go there on a saturday night and just watch the people singing. Best night out in NYC! But be careful, no credit card accepted!
  • Prasid P.
    Prasid PathakFebruary 4
    sing along to show tunes
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJanuary 29
    Dive bar + live show tunes sung around a piano!
  • Xavier
    XavierJanuary 22
    Best music bar ever. Suggestion: look first all classic american musical movies, if you know the lyrics you will enjoyed even more singing with the whole bar!!!! ;)
  • Molli W.
    Molli WarunekDecember 11, 2016
    The Broadway signing piano experience is a must... Nothing like it
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesNovember 5, 2016
    Small space gets crowded but energy is great. Esp if you're into singing show tunes with strangers
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DraudtOctober 31, 2016
    That time when somewhere doesn't live up to the hype.
  • Kornelija M.
    Kornelija MaceviciuteOctober 12, 2016
    Did not really know the songs to sing along, but the whole atmosphere was superb! Drinks are cheap. Great place to hang around and learn those tunes.
  • K M.
    K MOctober 9, 2016
    Better brush up on your showtunes before you enter!
  • Linnie D.
    Linnie DSeptember 8, 2016
    If you request Hamilton, you'll get you'll be back.
  • Lew W.
    Lew WhitakerSeptember 6, 2016
    Singing, with pretty boys.
  • Molly W.
    Molly WernickAugust 28, 2016
    Appalling business that refuses to admit "groups of straight women." This rule violates two NYC Protected Classes & NY Civil Rights laws.
  • Erin R.
    Erin RathAugust 5, 2016
    Loud but friendly customers. Lots of joy-filled but bad singing. Place has tons of charm. I especially like all of the Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling.
  • Iban B.
    Iban BlancoJune 25, 2016
    great great fun!
  • Hery R.
    Hery RavMay 10, 2016
    Sweet bar to sing along songs from Broadway
  • Katie T.
    Katie TuohyMarch 20, 2016
    Had an absolute blast and already can't wait to go back. It's very small, but I think that really just adds to the charm.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 9, 2016
    Study up on your show tunes.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfFebruary 9, 2016
    This place makes for a hilarious pit stop on your evening journey. If you properly love show tunes, stay!
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersSeptember 11, 2015
    "The last time I stopped in the Marie’s denizens were shrieking through ‘Pippin’ with such conviction that I found myself singing along, despite being ignorant of the lyrics." - Simon Doonan, author Read more
  • Luis M.
    Luis MendozaJuly 8, 2015
    If you love show tunes and want to sing-a-long with a bunch of musical fans then this is the place for you. Feels like being in a living room with friends!
  • Dan D.
    Dan DurkinJune 30, 2015
    Unabridged joy night after night. If you don't like show tunes and former high school theatre geeks reclaiming their thrones, it's not the place for you.
  • Mish and Rob
    Mish and RobMay 17, 2015
    The best place to go if you're feeling down! There's always someone playing Broadway classics on the piano, and at least a few others singing along at this cute little bar in the West Village.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WalshApril 29, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Showtunes, happy hour
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DayMarch 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Another amazing piano bar in the West Village.
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.March 13, 2015
    I went there on Monday night. I don't know if it is always lik that but someone was playing piano and all the guests were singing. Crazy! But so much fun!
  • Esra Ş.
    Esra ŞahinFebruary 4, 2015
    Very friendly people who love to sing.
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.January 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My absolute favorite bar in New York. Live showtunes every night, and a good crowd from the end of work right up to closing. Keep an eye out for the occasional Broadway or TV star too.
  • Joslyn H.
    Joslyn HansenJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Most quintessential NYC place ever. Go early for uber cheap drinks and more access to the piano, go late for amazing singers and rando Bway celebs gloriously belting showtunes.
  • Jerry C.
    Jerry CJanuary 1, 2015
    Note there is no Cafe at Marie's Crisis Cafe, but there are Broadway piano singalongs.
  • Tom D.
    Tom De PreterNovember 27, 2014
    If you're a bit down, a visit to this piano bar will surely cheer you up. Sing along with the Broadway classics! Nice people
  • David
    DavidNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Listening to people harmonize
  • Paul S.
    Paul SuwaySeptember 29, 2014
    Piano, terrible drinks
  • Erick P.
    Erick PhillipsSeptember 17, 2014
    Happiest place on earth !
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteSeptember 16, 2014
    You need to know all of the lyrics to countless musicals. Does that sound fun? You're in the right place! "I saw RENT once!" Go somewhere else.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥September 2, 2014
    Great place to sing show tunes🎶🎶yoohoo
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RiosAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A cozy little subterranean piano bar. Get there early to beat the crowds and soon along to your favorite show tunes.
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JabesAugust 28, 2014
    Just sing it out! Bway style!
  • Linnie D.
    Linnie DAugust 23, 2014
    If you request Rent, you will get seasons of love. If you request little mermaid, you will get part of that world. bring cash to tip the pianist. The singing waiters are quite exceptional.
  • Peter H.
    Peter HjertssonAugust 18, 2014
    Amazing atmosphere, great drinks, and such a fun crowd. A must-visit even if you're not good with Broadway songs.
    TheFatAppleNYC.comAugust 18, 2014
    I love this place for the live piano accompaniment
  • Xavi
    XaviAugust 18, 2014
    Sing-alongs of Broadway shows on the piano. Hilarious !
  • Kate S.
    Kate StrachanJune 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sing out, Louise.
  • Shaun N.
    Shaun NewportMay 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Drinks neat. Happy Hour.
  • Alp O.
    Alp OzcelikMay 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing piano bar! Such a good time every time I come here. You just GOTTA sing! (And tip well!)
  • Danny C.
    Danny C 😱May 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the best place on earth.
  • Brooklyn
    BrooklynMarch 18, 2014
    Super singsongy & cute gay couples, broadway hopefuls and drunk folks (oh, and adorable old couples) come here. Kind of a magical place to be. Beers too expensive.
  • Bergdorf Goodman
    Bergdorf GoodmanFebruary 11, 2014
    Michael Kors shares Marie's Crisis Cafe as his favorite New York City Secret. It's the fabulous piano bar where he's seen everyone from Matthew Broderick to Nathan Lane!
  • Megan D.
    Megan DennistonFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Dexter is amazing.
  • Marissa B.
    Marissa BJanuary 5, 2014
    The best place for any broadway lover.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJanuary 4, 2014
    Lights go out. Legs go up.
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºJanuary 4, 2014
    Lights go out, legs go up.
  • Amparo F.
    Amparo FortunyDecember 30, 2013
    Piano bar where everybody sings Broadway musical songs. Freak-cute.
  • Sass Conf
    Sass ConfOctober 5, 2013
    For those that love a good show tune.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Gay, straight, drag queens, young and old – all are welcome and all are here to have fun and live out their dreams as a Broadway star! Read more
  • Nonny O.
    Nonny OnyekweliSeptember 3, 2013
    fun piano bar where everyone is singing--good place to sing
  • Roland S.
    Roland SAugust 24, 2013
    What a crazy experience: Edelweiß and other Sound of Music sing along. U should know that most Austrians have neither seen the film nor know the lyrics.
  • Mitchell R.
    Mitchell RAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A great night. Highly recommend!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DreydenAugust 3, 2013
    it's an experience!
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 30, 2013
    This piano bar has come a long way since Thomas Paine died here. Showtunes are sung late into the night, with the pianist claiming to hold fifteen thousand songs in his memory!
  • Serg
    SergJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here already drunk; keep a buzz w/ a $7 Bud (...yea, 7). Mixed drinks (also $7) are dixie cup size. ¬_¬ Use the can or go outside when any of the waitstaff starts "singing."
  • julie a.
    julie a.July 11, 2013
    I love Marie's Crisis. Of course you must enjoy belting out broadway songs along side the piano player and high percentage of gay clientele - sometimes there are SPECTACULAR voices inside!
  • Tim P.
    Tim PerzykJune 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The hottest mess.
  • Bergdorf Goodman
    Bergdorf GoodmanFebruary 19, 2013
    Michael Kors shares Marie's Crisis Cafe as his favorite New York City Secret. It's the fabulous piano bar where he's seen everyone from Matthew Broderick to Nathan Lane!
  • Bridget C.
    Bridget CabreraFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this place had many birthday celebrations here and had celebrated our engagement here
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SzymczakFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    also, happy hour M-Th open-9pm= 1/2 off drinks, and Randy's not stingy with his alcohol!! <3
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SzymczakFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Visit Jimmy Horan for Wed happy hour. He's the best--he'll play songs u request sans queenie judgment. He's too modest to ask for a tip, so throw a couple extra $ in his fish bowl!
  • Literary Manhattan
    Literary ManhattanDecember 17, 2012
    The Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl ends here every Saturday with a discussion of the bar's literary (and not so literary) history.
  • Cora W.
    Cora WDecember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on Monday. Jeff is the best.
  • Jason
    JasonNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The love of music is contagious here. If your a fan of musicals even a little, I dare you not to sing out with all of your heart and the whole crowd. Fear be damned. Have fun!
  • Barnaby E.
    Barnaby ESeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Want to sing showtunes? This is the place to be then. But don't forget to tip your piano player, server and bartender, and they'll take care of you!
  • Jon T.
    Jon ThemannAugust 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum.
  • Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
    This was an old speakeasy, and a literary bar! Check us out for more info! Read more
  • Mason M.
    Mason McCoyMay 27, 2012
    Sing it out!
  • Washington Square Hotel
    This below-ground bar with a hot piano has deep roots in the West Village. Great for a group to sing their heart out.
  • JJay043
    JJay043April 24, 2012
    Wood on walls doesn't make it a gay bar... Lesbians like the place for sure (my bf is adamant)
  • New York Broadway Tours
    Check out our awesome musical theatre pub crawl!
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 12, 2012
    “Between songs, ask 1 of the regulars or the owner to tell you about the ghosts that haunt the bar – they take the paranormal seriously.” More at
  • Allison H.
    Allison HeimMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Super fun piano bar! Head down the stairs to hear people gathering around belting out show tunes, pianists taking requests, and people have a really good time.
  • David N.
    David NelsonFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cash only. But the strong cheap happy hour drinks are worth it.
  • NYHistory
    NYHistoryFebruary 10, 2012
    Don't forget to toast liberty! Founding father Thomas Paine, whose pamphlet Common Sense helped convince America to fight for independence, died at this location in 1809. Read more
  • Thom P.
    Thom PowersJanuary 14, 2012
    Marie's Crisis for the songs (obviously), not the drinks
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MathewsJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I hear that the mayor is a HUGE fan of "let the sun shine" and will be your BFF if you request it.
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MartinezDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here when you're nice and toasty and sing your heart out to your favorite show tunes.
  • Carlos F.
    Carlos FernandezNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tues showtunes and whiskey with Franca is a must
  • Deej S.
    Deej StuNovember 22, 2011
    Great fun. Would be even better if all the failed theater queens could keep their attitudes in check.
  • Diane O.
    Diane OrmrodNovember 18, 2011
    So disappointed. I've been going to Marie's for almost 30 years. But tonight the piano player had a rotten attitude. I won't go again if this guy is there.
  • Out 100 presented by Buick
    Come early to avoid the growing tourist crowd. And be sure to listen up when Maggie starts singing!
  • Rae @.
    Disagree with Aaron C. My straight show tune loving husband introduced me to this place. We've been countless times and his singing is terrible. No one hates on us because we're straight.
  • Rae @.
    Every New Yorker must go at least once. I take everyone visiting NY to this place. Nothing like it. A drunken evening of song.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 11, 2011
    Winner of Best Piano Bar in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Tip the pianists and they're play just about anything for you.
  • A. D.
    A. Del SoleNovember 3, 2011
    The best place to sing your heart out and not feel alone
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 31, 2011
    This beloved dive is the best bar to sing your heart out in a group. Every night, a pianist mines the Great American Songbook well into the wee hours for Broadway babies from all over the city. Read more
    Upvoted Sep 18
  • Mike F.
    Mike FraiettaOctober 23, 2011
    If you don't know the song, fake it at least!
  • Adrianna B.
    Adrianna BorisOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Come sing with Jimmy before 10 on Wednesday! And no matter who's playing, show your love with cash in the fishbowl!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SpennerSeptember 5, 2011
    Mark rocks!
  • Duke M.
    Duke MarrAugust 19, 2011
    Booze, broadway dropouts, and the best people watching on earth. Just admit it, you're heart belongs to daddy.
  • Madame Kara
    Madame KaraAugust 3, 2011
    Great musical theater haunt. Brush up on your broadway and don't request Rent or Wicked!
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GuerreroJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    It's a piano bar! So please keep talking to a mimimum and sing some showtunes.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 9, 2011
    A piano bar where EVERYONE sings show tunes as loud as you can. The bar is decidedly old-school looking, but the drinks are very strong.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShannonMay 28, 2011
    Sing out, Louise!
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MathewsMay 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're going to sing a solo at a piano bar full of people, you HAVE to sing out!
  • Jase
    JaseNovember 15, 2010
    Awesome piano bar, avoid the lines and don't go on the weekends!
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LuttrellJuly 20, 2010
    rrrrrockabye your babyyyyyyyyyy with a diiiixie mellllody
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonJune 3, 2010
    showtune sing along + piano bar + booze. what's not to love?
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KApril 25, 2010
    I like this one when I want to sing a song
  • Dave F.
    Dave FerrignoApril 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Off 7th Ave & Grove. Be nice & say please when you're requesting a showtune - which doesn't always include Billy Joel or Mama Mia.
  • Orchid L.
    Orchid LiuApril 2, 2010
    Absolutely amazing Broadway music and great vibe. Bring cash.
  • Mack E.
    Mack ElderMarch 31, 2010
    You need to hit this after your second or third bar of the night, or you won't be nearly as prone to breaking out in song. Be polite, be boisterous, and above all, know the words!
  • Naomi S.
    Naomi ShiblesMarch 23, 2010
    The later you go, the better the show. Bring cash.
  • Dan W.
    Dan WardFebruary 13, 2010
    Fun if you are in the mood for good old fashion piano bar singalong fun with NO frills and strong cocktails--just know what you're ordering or get out of the way, they're quick here.....
  • Felicia
    FeliciaJanuary 23, 2010
    Go and sing show tunes at the top of your lungs in this hole in the wall. Note the charm of the history, (lack of) decor, and quality of musicianship
  • Felicia
    FeliciaJanuary 23, 2010
    Go and sing show tunes at the top of your lungs. Note the historic atmosphere of this tiny joint.
  • Emily V.
    Emily VerkruyseJanuary 8, 2010
    Come here one night after you're already 1-2 drinks deep. Enjoy the Broadway crowd & sing along. Ask the piano player Dexter for your favorite showtune...but be sure to say please & thank you!!
  • Stephan B.
    Tolle einmalige Stimmung
  • Zé Renato C.
    Zé Renato CellaAugust 23, 2015
    O pessoal aposentado dos musicais da Broadway dá suas canjas com o pessoal em volta do piano a acompanhar.
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