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This very gay piano bar features pianists ranging from the classically trained to the classically cornball. Its solid reputation as a place to get tipsy and belt out a little Sondheim keeps its walls packed. But don't think that just anyone can step up to the mike - the tone-deaf are weeded out posthaste. On Sunday evenings, local drag celebrities take over the spotlight at 7 p.m.
Everyone's favorite vodka-fueled diva, Katya Ludmilla Smirnoff-Skyy, serves up operatic drag cabaret performances
Open mic cabaret with Joe Collins Wicht, Trauma Flintstone's piano-playing alter ego.
With Jason Brock and Dr. Dee Spencer.
The 12-year-old Ray of Light Theatre, which produces a couple of musicals every summer, had been talking, for 10 of those years, about creating a cabaret series so that they’d have year-round offerings and be able to “build their base,” says... More »
It's hard to write about bars after your friend dies from alcoholism at age 48, but just as many folks die from heart disease, and that doesn't stop us from getting the chorizo at El Farolito. Still, I can't stop thinking about him and how... More »
If you've ever been inside Martuni's, that dark-walled bar on the corner of Valencia and Market, you know it's a special place: As SF Weekly staff writer Joe Eskenazi describes in this week's cover st... More »
Design by Andrew J. Nilsen with photo by iStockphoto. It's packed enough in the back room of Martuni's piano bar to fog up your eyeglasses, but people make room for Juanita Harris. Patrons secure their large drinks with both hands and lurch... More »
As some wise sage once said, timing is everything. Last week I showed up at Martuni's too early for the piano bar and too late for the happy hour. I watched the couple next to me ignore their bowl of bar snacks — a delightful mix of pretzels,... More »
My favorite stop in San Francisco. I refuse to visit the city without a visit to Martuni's! My first time here I was looking for a good bar, I asked these two guys what they recommended. They asked me if I wanted to go to "have a good time" or "HAVE A GOOOOOOD TIME!" I opted for the latter and it was just that! I walked in and laying on top of the piano was a gorgeous queen singing Sweet Caroline. Sold.
Nothing goes together like karaoke and Flaming Dr. Peppers -- that is, except for crooning and martinis. So if you're ready to trade in the Journey for some Sinatra, head down to the Mission/Hayes Valley border joint, Martuni's. Seven nights a week, the back room of the bar features a professional piano player and mike for any patron who'd like to play Bing Crosby for a night. The feel of the place, however, is more sing-along than American Idol audition. The regulars -- mostly gay,... More »
If everything old is new again, then Martuni's may once again be considered cutting-edge. Considered the anti-karaoke bar, Martuni's has become a playful spot for San Francisco's moderately to extraordinarily talented singers to show off their chops among friends. If you've ever imagined what Cheers would be like set to music, Martuni's is a must-visit. The music is mellow, the musicians take all requests (generally classic jazz and show tunes), and anyone with a good ear and a decent voice... More »
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