Serbian Crown

Eastern European, French, Russian
$$$$ ($15-$24)
A sing-along piano bar with devoted regulars.
Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:30 am-3 pm; Dinner: Sat-Thu 5-10 pm
Fri 5 pm-1:30 am
(Fairfax County)

Editorial Review

The Scene: A small vodka-and-piano bar attached to the Serbian Crown restaurant, the baroquely decorated Serbian Crown caters to Great Falls' 40-and-over demographic with sing-along piano nights and dancing to live jazz and oldies music.

In Your Glass: The vodka list stretches to at least 40 options. Look for the house-infused versions with honey, pepper and seasonal berries.

On Your Plate: The menu is strong on game, but look out for truly exotic seasonal options: antelope, ostrich, emu -- even lion. Seriously. Lion.

Need to Know: Friday's sing-along piano night is not for the timid. A solid band of regulars has been coming for years, and they've worked up dance routines -- with props -- for songs like "Baby It's Cold Outside." The songbook itself is a relic from long ago: Think "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey" and musical selections that pretty much stop at "My Fair Lady." It can be intimidating to join in, even though the lyrics are in front of you.

Price Points: Cocktails range from $10 to $18, with champagne-based drinks at the top of the list.

-- Fritz Hahn (February 2008)