August 20th 2012
We Want to Rock Your World!
Bobby McKey's is committed to giving back to the community and throwing a great party in the process! We are unlike any other venue in the DC area and offer a talent-packed and entertaining live show that will leave your guests with a smile on their face and a song in their head.
When hosting a fundraiser at Bobby McKey's, we not only will provide the tools you will need to create an unforgettable party, but we also donate anywhere up to 40% of the revenue directly back to your nonprofit!
Whether you want to raise funds for your nonprofit or host a silent auction, our two story venue is able to accommodate smaller parties on our intimate mezzanine or extravagant events up to 450 people. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about planning your perfect fundraiser with us!
"Hosting our event at Bobby Mckey's was one of the best decision that Chris4Life could have made. Not only is the space unbelievable, the location is perfect, and they truly understand and make a personal connection to the cause or charity. Was one of the best venues we've worked with in the entire Washington, DC area. "
-Michael Sapienza, Executive Director Chairman of the Board
Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation
August 17th 2012
April 1st 2012
Professional Bartender= Jo-Jo Valenzuela. Jo-Jo, an active member of the DC Craft Bartender's Guild, is currently employed at three different bars. He is the Beverage Manager at the Occidental Grill, a Washington DC institution established in 1906; where he makes his own sodas, syrups, liqueurs, tinctures, and bitters. On Friday nights he pours over a hundred different bourbons in Georgetown's busiest patio deck bar, Old Glory, where he is also in charge of the seasonal cocktail menu. On Saturday nights, you can find him flaring and slinging drinks at Bobby Mc Keys Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor, MD. Because of these three places, his network is second to none. He gets hired constantly to tend bar at different private parties. It makes you wonder how he finds time for himself; he also considers himself a full time dad and fiancé.
A retired guitar player, Jo-Jo Valenzuela claims that bartending school is not the solution to getting a job behind the bar. It's about personality, experience, luck, and whom you know. He is one of the only few professional bartenders who graduated in bartending school and he did it in between getting his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. A self proclaimed "Forever Student of The Beverage Industry," he has more than 15 years experience working in different bars. He is also a Bar Smarts Wired Graduate, he attended the WSET Intermediate and Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits, and he goes to every possible tastings and seminars including Tales of The Cocktail in New Orleans. He used to be a Bartending Instructor and is a certified TIPS trainer. He has trained over a hundred bartenders, and plans to do so for the rest of his life.
2011 was a great year for Jo-Jo Valenzuela. He was recognized as Signature Chef's Cocktail Chair, Bartender of the Month in April's edition of Night Club & Bar, and creator of Autumn Breeze; one of the 101 Best Cocktails in Gaz Regan's Annual Manual for Bartenders. Let's see what 2012 has in store for him.
March 29th 2012
On March 29th at Bobby McKey's we were able to raise $9,000 for local families in need. Since the event, we have covered $5,000 in medical expenses for a young mother who is battling stage 4 Melanoma. We were also able to pay for groceries and transportation for a family whose child is battling cancer. Additionally, we covered the rent for a father with a very poor prognosis; this eased the burden for his wife who is working two jobs to support the family.
On Tap Online
December 1st 2011
Start: December 31, 2011
End: December 31, 2011
Location: Bobby McKey's
Address: 172 Fleet St., National Harbor, MD 20745
SING in the New Year at Bobby McKey's! Doors open at 5pm. Dueling Piano Show starts at 8pm. $40 Table Reservation; $30 Rail Reservation; $20 Standing Room. Make your reservation TODAY! Call 301.567.1488 or visit www.bobbymckeys.com.
October 12th 2011
Last night, more than 500 Bisnow readers joined us for food, booze, and schmooze at the Mellon Auditorium. The only thing we love more than a great party? Re-living it. But because there wasn't room in our pockets for leftovers, we bring you the highlights instead.
What's better than one piano man? Two. That's why we brought in dueling pianists from Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor. They took song requests from the crowd, and we think it's a testament to the high caliber of the attendees that no one asked them to play Rebecca Black's "Friday."
July 28th 2011
Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar
172 Fleet St.
National Harbor, MD
Doors open 6:30pm
Show at 8:00pm
The popular comedy series of Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor is back! From the producer of HBO's Def Comedy Jam and host comedian Red Grant, Laffs on the Harbor brings comedy, music, special guests and plenty of surprises to entertain the DMV. Join us at Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar and welcome back Laffs on the Harbor!
This month, Laffs on the Harbor is pleased to feature, LUENELL! The original "bad girl of comedy" is best known for her role in 2006′s "Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhastan", and can also be seen in "Kat Williams American Hustle" and "Laffapolooza" with Jamie Fox. Don't miss the sassy and hilarious, Luenell!
Washingtonian: After Hours
July 27th 2011
Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar is hosting an all-you-can-eat crab fest with live music and beer specials. The spread includes Southern Maryland blue crabs with all the fixings, corn on the cob, and hush puppies. Drink specials include $3 Coors Light on draft and $15 Coors Light "baby buckets." Tickets ($45) can be purchased at the event Web site, but drinks aren't included. Crab fest 6 to 9 PM; concert starts at 7.
June 28th 2011
Never had I been inside the vast cavernous space of Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar in the National Harbor. I'd been by, but never stepped a toe in (albeit I'd been hearing about these outrageous Friday nights for years on end). Finally, this past Friday, I had a real reason to enter and to stay. Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation held its launch and dedication of the Erica Paul Memorial Fund and the turnout was outstanding. So outstanding that it was truly standing room only and I was starting to feel claustrophobic about midway through the evening.
The fund, in honor of the 29 year old energetic and giving beauty who left us earlier this year ("I want to be famous", she had once declared) was founded in order to support colon cancer patients under the age of 50, thereby validating that this disease is not an old man's disease. In fact, Michael Sapienza, Executive Director/Chairman/Founder of the foundation shared with us from the microphone that the rates for those under the age of 50 has increased by 40%. Read More...
Hold your next FABULOUS fundraising event at Bobby McKey's! Contact Leslie at email@example.com to learn more about how Bobby's can help create a fun and successful night for your charity.
DC After Five
May 31st 2011
Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar presents Crabs & Key's Crab Fest 2011. Featuring Foster's at National Harbor's Maryland Blue Crabs, award winning New England clam chowder and live music by the Bobby McKey's entertainers.
$48 per person.
Crab Feast menu to include:
Six Large Maryland Blue Crabs
New England Clam Chowder
Corn on the Cob
*Vegetarian & non-seafood substitutions available.
Requests must be received prior to event.
To purchase tickets, visit www.bobbymckeys.com or call 800.595.4849(4TIX).
WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | Doors open at 5:00pm
WHERE: Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar
172 Fleet Street | National Harbor, MD 20745
May 16th 2011
Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation's planning for its October gala is well underway, but it's also working on numerous events leading up to that night, one of which is the upcoming "Erica Paul Fabulous Event" at the National Harbor's Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar. This fundraiser is to help jump start a Memorial Fund for a great advocate and friend of Chris4Life, Erica Paul. Erica, who lost her battle to colon cancer this year, will be missed by many but her HOPE, and positive spirit will live on in the lives of many. Read More...
The Washington Post: Going Out Guide Best Bets
April 28th 2011
We already know what you're thinking. How is National Harbor a neighborhood? It's not, in any conventional sense...but only a few years after National Harbor's shops and restaurants began opening in 2008 (and The Awakening sculpture was famously uprooted from Hains Point and moved there), it's locals who stroll the waterfront sidewalks with their stroller-bound babies, and locals who take the water taxi from Alexandria to dinners at Ketchup and Bond 45 or drive from Southern Maryland for a night at Bobby McKey's...
Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar
Oxon Hill, MD
On one recent Saturday night, 12 brides-to-be spent the waning hours of their singledom getting wild at Bobby McKey's. Why are piano bars like Bobby McKey's magnets for bachelorettes? Short answer: They're great unifiers, places where brides, birthday boys in glow necklaces and corporate types can belt out "Sweet Caroline" at the top of their lungs without judgment. And at this National Harbor bar, "dueling" pianists won't just play Neil Diamond, they'll also perform piano versions of Queen's "We Will Rock You," Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" or the Beastie Boys' "Girls" (one suspects that even Bell Biv Devoe may be lurking in their repertoire, if only someone would request it). The 20-to-50-somethings in the crowd hail from Southern Maryland, Prince George's or National Harbor's hotels, and by 9:30 on a Friday or Saturday night, every seat in the two-story bar is taken. (It's an excellent idea to reserve seats for $15 per person.) Because the nightly singalongs can get a little blue -- the humor is classic middle-school variety -- the club also hosts kids events every other month, subbing out Journey for Michael Jackson.
Make reservations for your next corporate or social event at Bobby McKey's! CLICK HERE or call us at 301.567.1488 today! Whether it's a networking happy hour or a wild bachelorette party, Bobby McKey's is the perfect venue to accommodate your group.
April 22nd 2011
Bobby McKey's, the Washington DC area's first and only dueling piano bar, opened its doors in November 2008. As a locally owned and operated establishment, they strive to provide the Washington area residents and visitors a unique, energetic and highly interactive dueling piano show that showcases the talents of their players. Most importantly they are a place where you can leave your cares at the door, have fun and become part of the show! Bobby McKey's has been doing business with Beer Tubes since December 2009 and couldn't be happier. They started with two tubes as a test and now they have 22, all with a red or blue lighted lid! A quick glance at the photos on their website or Facebook page and you know right away how popular Beer Tubes are for their guests.
We asked Alison, Bobby McKey's General Manger, why they have found such great success with Beer Tubes. . .Our customers love Beer Tubes because they just look fun! I recommend adding the red and blue lights to your tubes. Adults see them and instantly turn into children and HAVE to have a beer tube at their table. We have larger groups that come in and the Beer Tubes make service twice as efficient and effective, it's a win-win situation for the customer and our staff. Draft sales have doubled since adding the beer tubes and our beer distributors beg to put their brand on draft. Management loves them because they are a great company do to business with. Shipping is quick, everyone is friendly and they want you to be happy with their product.
Bobby McKey's is another example of the variety of accounts that have found success with Beer Tubes; whether you are a dueling piano bar, a sports bar, a bowling center, a family restaurant, or any place where guests like to drink (and eat) the Beer Tubes Experience can help you increase your beverage sales.
Nightclub & Bar
April 19th 2011
Bobby McKey's on-call bartender, Jo-Jo Valenzuela featured in Nightclub & Bar, the only publication focusing on the best in bar management.
Name: Jo-Jo Valenzuela
Establishment Name: RIS in Washington, D.C.
Recent Gigs: Before taking a spot behind the bar when RIS opened in December 2009, Valenzuela was the bar manager at Chef Geoff's and LIA's, both in the Washington, D.C., metro area. In 2008, he started tending bar at National Pastime Sports Bar and Grill at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Md., while also working as the bartending instructor at the Hospitality Training Institute. Besides tending bar at RIS, Valenzuela also currently is an on-call bartender at Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor, and on Friday nights you can catch him at Old Glory in Georgetown, shaking (and stirring) drinks on the patio.
What's in the Shaker: "Bacon-Infused Bourbon Cocktails. I'm on my second variation that was inspired by the National Cherry Blossom Festival here in D.C. I call it Cherry Artisan. It is my bacon-infused Maker's Mark, Cynar, Heering Cherry, orange bitters and an orange peel."
What You're Sipping & Why: "Manhattan. It is only three ingredients and a garnish. When crafted well, it's a phenomenal and elegant drink. Shake it, and it's ruined. I would never ever order it again from a bartender who doesn't drink it - I have learned the excruciating and expensive way that there's a BIG difference."
What You are Listening to While Mixing: "My music of choice is rock/metal, but then again I do not have a choice. I do this for a living, so whatever the establishment is playing that night I jam with it."
Quirks & Quotable: "You can treat everybody well, but you definitely cannot treat everybody the same way. I have my own way of dealing with people; it's [about the] different personalities you are dealing with. And it gets harder when the alcohol kicks in, and you have to keep an eye on everyone. Also, in this line of work, it is amazing to see how much of a following you can create. They might forget your face or your name, but they never forget how you made them feel."
Witten by Alissa Ponchione
Verizon Canter - Washington, DC
March 1st 2011
Jimmy Porter and Tattoo Slover of Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar singing the National Anthem at the Washington Capitals hockey game!
October 11th 2010
Bobby McKey's Hits a Home Run at National's Stadium!
Washington City Paper
March 30th 2010
I'll tell it to you straight: It's not the food. The best reason to visit National Harbor is for its tourist atmosphere. Indulge your fantasy to live la vida loca-or la vida tacky. Whatever. Just shed the pretension that's so ingrained of D.C. residents and sing and clap and laugh at Bobby McKey's. The dueling piano bar will make you forget all about health care reform as the room erupts in "hold me closer, tiny dancer." Before the third round of shots, and the inevitable dancing on stage, get some grease into your stomach with an array of perfectly acceptable (once tipsy, that is) dips: crab and roasted red pepper, spinach and artichoke, or steak and cheese. One more tip: Leave some bills with your Kelly Clarkson song request.
February 18th 2010
One thing that perhaps keeps people from giving Bobby McKey's a try is its location. Nestled in the middle of the new National Harbor development, a special trip is needed to stop by. People cannot simply visit the dueling piano bar while going around town. National Harbor essentially sprang up out of nowhere and is not near public transportation so if you're going to be in the area it is specifically because you were out on a mission to do so. Read More...
Metromix Washington D.C.
August 31st 2009
Metromix's Samy K goes on The Scene at Bobby McKey's and rocks out with their dueling pianos!
On Tap Magazine
April 1st 2009
Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar The players are the emphasis at Bobby McKey’s. Each evening features four pianists, two playing at a time in hour-long sets. When one pair’s set is winding up, the next pair joins them on stage for a foursome, often joined by a number of the attractive waitresses who dance and sometimes sing. The piano players can play most any tune thrown their way of the thousands they claim to know. You’ll hear most everything, from "Piano Man" to Journey. Audience requests with tips attached get priority. Jokes abound, and the music virtually never stops. The players have been brought in from all over, including popular spots such as Crocodile Rock in Myrtle Beach, S.C. They are more entertainers and performers than piano virtuosos, and that’s a good thing in entertaining the age-diverse crowd. The new two-level building has the atmosphere of an old warehouse with exposed brick. Seating can be limited, and reservations for tables are necessary on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s plenty of space to stand, and there really isn’t a bad spot in the house. Beer and cocktails are plentiful, and food options include dip-able fare, sliders, sandwiches and personal pizzas. Bobby McKey’s is not a chain,but locally owned and operated. Bobby McKey’s is in the heart of the new National Harbor complex right near the Wilson Bridge in Prince Georges County. If you haven’t been to the new development since it opened last year, or you haven’t visit in a few months, you’ll be surprised by its growth. A recent Saturday evening was busy, with people also heading to Cadillac Ranch or dinner at Grace’s Mandarin, Rosa Mexicano’s or the Old Hickory Steakhouse, among others. With a nightclub atmosphere and killer entertainment in a unique setting, Bobby McKey’s can be summed up simply as fun. Bobby McKey’s is open Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10 cover, recommended reservations for tables. Dress cool casual. – Robert Fulton
Let’s get something straight about Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar, the new hot spot that opened in the National Harbor development late last year and the only establishment of its kind in the D.C. metro area: If you’re picturing a quiet, smoky, candle-lit bar with red vinyl booths and an aging crooner spitting out standards for dollar tips slipped into an oversized brandy snifter, think again. Bobby McKey’s is a rocking, rollicking, high-energy good time more akin to a nightclub – or maybe a circus. This is certainly not your granddad’s piano bar.
Bobby McKey’s: 172 Fleet St., National Harbor, MD; 301-567-1488; www.bobbymckeys.com
Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar
The players are the emphasis at Bobby McKey’s. Each evening features four pianists, two playing at a time in hour-long sets. When one pair’s set is winding up, the next pair joins them on stage for a foursome, often joined by a number of the attractive waitresses who dance and sometimes sing. The piano players can play most any tune thrown their way of the thousands they claim to know. You’ll hear most everything, from "Piano Man" to Journey. Audience requests with tips attached get priority. Jokes abound, and the music virtually never stops.
The players have been brought in from all over, including popular spots such as Crocodile Rock in Myrtle Beach, S.C. They are more entertainers and performers than piano virtuosos, and that’s a good thing in entertaining the age-diverse crowd.
The new two-level building has the atmosphere of an old warehouse with exposed brick. Seating can be limited, and reservations for tables are necessary on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s plenty of space to stand, and there really isn’t a bad spot in the house. Beer and cocktails are plentiful, and food options include dip-able fare, sliders, sandwiches and personal pizzas. Bobby McKey’s is not a chain,but locally owned and operated.
Bobby McKey’s is in the heart of the new National Harbor complex right near the Wilson Bridge in Prince Georges County. If you haven’t been to the new development since it opened last year, or you haven’t visit in a few months, you’ll be surprised by its growth. A recent Saturday evening was busy, with people also heading to Cadillac Ranch or dinner at Grace’s Mandarin, Rosa Mexicano’s or the Old Hickory Steakhouse, among others.
With a nightclub atmosphere and killer entertainment in a unique setting, Bobby McKey’s can be summed up simply as fun.
Bobby McKey’s is open Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10 cover, recommended reservations for tables. Dress cool casual. – Robert Fulton
The Washington Post: Express Night Out
January 15th 2009
THERE'S A NEW kid in the area. With high-rises — hotels, lots of hotels — and restaurants, this new dsetination spot is trying to lure diners away from the comforts of Northwest.
And then there's the banging of dueling piano keys.
The National Harbor, a ferry ride away from Old Town and a few quick highways away from the District, features newly opened restaurants, from the Asian-themed Grace's Mandarin to the sports-centric National Pastime Sports Bar and Grill (with a 30-foot video wall!), and with many more on the way, the area has the potential to attract more than the visiting conventioneers. Especially with "Benny and the Jets" blaring from Bobby McKey's, the area's only dueling piano bar.
At first, it's a bit stunning: The place is huge and loud and populated with the diversity that makes the region such a great place to live. And then there's the singing. Two large pianos face each other; two highly talented men singing iconic tunes, banging on the keys and flirting with the audience. Audience participation is a must. Guests request songs (wrap up your request with a $20 bill and it will surely get played), sing along and can even sneak onstage for a hot second. The music can be as predictable as Billy Joel or as eyeroll-inducing as the Doors; Jim Morrison surely didn't envision "Roadhouse Blues" in a pay-for-play scheme.
You'll need a beer or three, or maybe just a comically named cocktail — New York State of Mind (Dirty Martini), Zoot Suit Riot (Manhattan) — to fully get comfortable at Bobby McKey's. But you'll also need some grub.
Just like the fun group atmosphere, the menu features funky, to-share dips. The cheeseburger dip is served with four minirolls and can transform into Sloppy Joe sliders. Forget about dollops of sour cream and salsa; the chicken quesadillas can be smeared with a cheesy chicken enchilada dip.
Highlighting its waterfront appeal, the crab and roasted red pepper dip is creamy and takes on a bit of heat with the vehicle of choice — Old Bay chips. If you can scarf it down in seconds, the beer cheese dip served with a pretzel roll is delicious, but soon the cheese separates and all that's left is grease.
And for those who don't like to share, you can order a hot dog and chips, pork barbecue sandwich with coleslaw or a personal pizza, cheese or pepperoni.
» Bobby McKey's, 172 Fleet St., National Harbor, Md.; 301-567-1488
Photo Courtesy Ricky Carioti/Twp
Written by Express contributor Stefanie Gans
The Washington Post
January 9th 2009
By Fritz Hahn Special to The Washington Post
Friday, January 9, 2009; Page WE06
The buzz: Bobby McKey's is not a bar for the shy or retiring. The two guys tickling the ivories on stage at the Washington area's only dueling piano bar are equal parts cruise directors, comedians and overly enthusiastic party hosts. Every couple of minutes, they yell, "Clap your hands!" "Sing along! I can't hear you!" or "You having a good time?" When one kicks into uot;Crocodile Rock," the other gets up and starts waving his arms in the universal symbol for a crocodile's chomping jaws.
In between the goofy, endless exhortations, the hits just keep on coming from the pair of baby grands: "Bennie and the Jets," "Don't Stop Believin'," the theme from "Cheers." It's like a jukebox where every single song's an old favorite you can loudly sing along with.
Corny? Sometimes. Cheesy? Definitely. Fun? Certainly.
The scene: Checking out the crowd at Bobby McKey's, I'm shocked that no one thought to do this in the area before. The people crammed into the warehouse-style club on National Harbor's main drag range from 22-year-olds from St. Mary's County celebrating their birthdays to silver-haired veterans singing along to "Great Balls of Fire." Black and white, married and single, out-of-towners here for conventions and locals on dates or out with the girls, all bopping and singing along.
The diversity extends to the genre-busting song lists, which swing from Elton John to Justin Timberlake to Abba to Johnny Cash.
Write down a request on one of the provided cards or lined bar napkins, take it to the stage, then sit back and wait for your number to come up. There are four pianists on duty every night, trading off every hour, each with their own styles and personalities. (Tips are encouraged; at one point, a pianist holds up a napkin with requests and says, "We like this," then holds up a napkin wrapped around some dollar bills and says, "We really like this.")
Of course, the audience participation doesn't let up. A different pair of pianists brings anyone celebrating a birthday to the stage for a quick singalong and a cringe-inducing R-rated version of the children's song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" (odd, considering they edit curses out of some other songs) and later call all the veterans in the house up to take a bow before playing Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."
Unlike at piano bars such as Mr. Smith's or Banana Cafe, you don't come here to catch up with friends, check out the singles scene and hope to hear a couple of songs you like to sing along to. This is a show, and almost everyone in the room stares at the stage the whole night, except when they turn to high-five their friends when the pianist croons the first lines of "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Sweet Caroline."
Since the performers are on stage for seven hours a night and every song is suggested by the audience, there are bound to be some songs that are requested and performed multiple times if you stick around long enough. Before tackling yet another request for a certain Journey hit, the pianist asks the crowd, "You ready to hear this one again?"
In your glass: The draft beers are predictable (Budweiser, Heineken, etc.), and bottled beers just about double the choices. If you're in a group, you can save about a buck a bottle if you order a bucket of beers ($24 for six domestics, $26 for imports) instead of getting them one at a time ($5.25 each). Cocktails take their names from classic piano-bar tunes and are served in birdbath-size martini glasses. The "Desperado," billed as a "top-shelf margarita," tasted more of lime juice than of tequila.
On your plate: You know this is a place for groups when the menu's main feature is a selection of dips, served with plates of chips and designed to be shared. Our bowl of Buffalo Chicken Dip came with regular tortilla chips instead of the promised blue cheese chips, but it didn't make much difference: We polished off the creamy, cheesy chicken dip anyway. Other options include a homemade French onion dip with a bag of Lay's potato chips, beer cheese and pretzel rolls and, for dessert, chocolatey s'mores with strawberries.
If you're not in a dipping mood, hot dogs and burgers are available.
Price points: The evening can be as cheap as you want it to be, since there's no cover charge or drink minimum. There's also no happy hour. Beers are about $5, cocktails and shooters range from $6.50 to $10.
Getting in: Doors open at 6 Monday through Saturday. Arrive early if you'd rather have a table on the floor in front of the stage instead of having to stand at the bar that wraps around the back of the room. (Even at the bar, the sightlines and acoustics are great.) On one Saturday night, we arrived after 9 and saw very few patrons vacate their seats before midnight. Reservations are accepted for groups of 10 or more.
Need to know: National Harbor's planners included plenty of garages and open lots, which charge $10 after 9 p.m., and limited street parking. Unless you like circling, it's better to just grit your teeth and pay.
Nice to know: Even though it feels like a national chain (check out the T-shirts and caps by the front door), this is a locally owned nightclub.
What people are saying: "We're having a great time," says Raquel Miller, a security guard from District Heights who took a moment from dancing by the bar to praise the casual atmosphere, the talented performers and, most of all, the mix of music. "I'm from West Virginia, so I'm a little bit country and a little bit rock-and-roll," she explains. "And I'm an '80s baby. They play it all."
Bobby McKey's 172 Fleet St., National Harbor, Oxon Hill Information: 301-567-1488. http://www.bobbymckeys.com.
November 21st 2008
National Harbor, MD [November 21, 2008]
Bobby McKey's, the DC area's first dueling piano bar, will host an Opening Celebration Weekend November 28 (6:00pm-2:00am), and 29 (7:00pm-2:00am). The restaurant, bar and entertainment venue is located on the new Fleet Street nightlife corridor, just half a block from the Gaylord Convention Center (www.bobbymckeys.com/site/page/directions).
The doors at Bobby McKey's open nightly to entertainment by world-class piano players. The performers (www.bobbymckeys.com/site/page/performers) take every measure to accept any and all requests, from Beyoncé to Beethoven, James Taylor to Jay-Z, Meatloaf to Mozart. The (21+) crowd will love being a part of the high-spirited, interactive sing-along.
Custom-built details and exposed brick ensure outstanding acoustics. Slanted mirrors mounted above the stage allow patrons to peek at the incredible skill of the performers' hands as they play. The mezzanine, which may be reserved for up to 150 people for private events, allows people to view the entire stage from above. For events, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In harmony with its focus on providing the best bar and entertainment experience in the DC area, Bobby McKey's cuisine doesn't miss a beat. All menu options are riffs on dips meant for sharing, including the French Onion Dip served with a bag of Lay's® Potato Chips; Roasted Red Pepper-Wasabi Coulis served with Chilled Shrimp; Cheeseburger Dip served with Fritos®; Beer Cheese Dip served with sliced Pretzel Roll; Creamy Crab and Roasted Red Pepper Dip served with Old Bay® Chips; Black Bean Chili Dip served with Chicken Quesadillas; and S'mores Dip served with Fresh Strawberries. Wallets sing for the prices, to the tune of $5.99 - 12.99.
Bobby McKey's features a state-of-the-art walk-in cooler which houses eight draught beer towers, and also serves 17 bottled beers, house wines, and a full bar. Due to local legislation, the bar serves only beer and wine on Sundays.
Bobby McKey's is located at 172 Fleet Street, National Harbor, Maryland (www.nationalharbor.com/consumer/home.htm). Bobby McKey's charges a $10.00 cover to enter, but has no drink minimum. To contact the bar, call 301-567-1488 or e-mail email@example.com. After the Opening Celebration Weekend, Bobby McKey's will open nightly at 6:00pm and take a bow at 2:00am. Closed on Sundays. More information at www.bobbymckeys.com.
To request menus, bios of principals, photographs or more information about Bobby McKey's, please contact Lisa Zusman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-417-2706.