Mr. Smith's of Georgetown

$$$$ ($14 and under)

Editorial Review

It's not the most-hopping spot on M Street, but Mr. Smith's is a great place if you have only a few bucks in your pocket. Although many make the mistake of believing Mr. Smith's is merely a restaurant with a bar at the entrance, there is so much more to this well-known Georgetown pub where a teenage Tori Amos once tickled the ivories. Every single night, piano men play "New York, New York" or "Country Roads" or even "Stairway to Heaven" for a crowd that ranges from college students to older couples. (Tipping isn't required, but it will get your requests played faster.)

Whether you're parked at the bar or seated on the glass-roofed patio, Mr. Smith's is one of the more affordable spots on M Street. Look out for such nightly deals as "Thirsty Thursday," where beers are $3 from 7 to close, and half-price burgers on Tuesday nights. If you can't be bothered to check the calendar, ask about the rotating Beer of the Month, which will cost you $3.25 any night of the week.

-- Fritz Hahn (updated Oct. 3, 2011)