Though the "noble experiment" of Prohibition failed, other noble experiments, such as teaching horses how to shoot guns and giving suffrage to any horse that can shoot a gun, were huge successes. Celebrate the failure of the 18th Amendment with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of libations and live music at The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar on Fifth Street. The value of this Groupon can be applied toward cover charge ($5 on Friday and Saturday) or reserved entirely for drinks on cover-free Thursdays.
Table reservations are not required, and the establishment does not serve food.
The Penguin serenades audiences with sing-along requests performed by talented musicians flown in from around the country. The lively crew of ivory ticklers rotates on a regular basis, allowing guests to get a fresh show with each visit. Onstage, two baby grand pianos sit opposite one other in front of entertainers who remain ready to tap out any of thousands of mentally catalogued songs from the past five decades. The spectacle keeps toes tapping and voice boxes crooning along for the six-hour sets run from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with all performances punched up with short comedy bits, toasts, roasts, and geography lessons.
After belting out the lyrics to "Livin' on a Prayer" or "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da," guests can soothe sore throats with one of many spirited sippables, such as a lemon drop ($5.50), vodka tonic ($5), or Newcastle draught ($5.50). Clap-along lovers can also imbibe in wallet-pleasing style with one of The Penguin's daily specials including $2.50 well drinks (on Thursdays and Fridays) and free friendship (on days that end with the letter "y").
The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar
From behind a pair of baby grand pianos, two pianists take audience requests each Friday and Saturday night at The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar, urging the crowd to sing along in a display of musical showmanship. The ivory ticklers hail from all over the country and belt out popular tunes from the past 50 years that they’ve memorized by heart or tattooed on the inside of their eyelids. Onlookers seated at tables around the stage or nestled into plush couches in the lounge sip cocktails, quaff brews, and dive into salty snacks. Although the show runs on Fridays and Saturdays, drinks specials pop up each night and salsa-night Wednesdays promise copious amounts of hip shaking.