Nights out: Show Off

London has never really done the piano bar... They are good at doing the rough bar, the noisy bar, the bar where everyone used to be hip but now look weathered, the bar with too much wallpaper but never a bar where there is just a piano and a singer... And an open mic... So Saturday nights may not ever be quite the same again after the inaugural Show Off Piano Bar, downstairs at the Cafe Koha behind Leicester Square Tube on Charing Cross Road. The lovely Nathan Martin and Marissa Dunlop entertained and then coerced (at least some) of the bar patrons up to the piano to sing. The standard was pretty good too... Particularly after a few drinks...

With such a wide selection of sheet music flying about the bar, finding a song in low level lighting wasn't the easiest of things to do but I did make do with a little number from The Producers. Show tunes did abound strangely enough but they weren't essential. An awfully sensible way to start (or end) a Saturday night. The next one is on 27 March. Given the venue is a little on the intimate side, you can reserve your place so you don't miss out...

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