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Piano Bars, Best Nightlife: Open 365 days a year until 4AM, The Duplex is not your grandmother's piano bar. Instead, colorful characters from New York and beyond show up for the opportunity to get in front of the crowd for a performance. Drag queens mix-and-mingle with straight guys and gays alike, livening up the atmosphere and adding an extra dash of playfulness to the vibe. Unlike other places on this list, The Duplex supports a come-as-you-are, open door policy, so you won't have to worry about sporting your Sunday best to get inside. Once there, try your fingers on the keys or grab hold of the mic – it's about to be a wild ride.

Late Night / After Hours: The legendary caberet performances staged at this West Villager bring in folks from all walks of life. Indeed, where else but here will you find a theatre whose illustrious alumni include Barbra Steisand, Woody Allen, Lovelady Powell, KT Sullivan and Lea Delaria? The Duplex's Piano Bar, meanwhile, gets kicking at 9pm, when the staff leads the place in a night-long celebration of drinking and open mic performances. TRAIN: 1 or 9 to Christopher St

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Local Expert Andrea Wien Says:

Piano Bars, Best Nightlife: "Bring it all to The Duplex and leave it on stage."

Best for Piano Bars Because: Because it's a rip-roaring good time that you won't soon forget.

Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: It's smack dab in the center of the West Village's LGBT scene, and a riotious good time.

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