A few weeks ago, a friend from college visited and we spent an evening hanging out in the West Village—an area of Manhattan I love but very rarely frequent. I always feel as if I’ve stepped back in time when I visit this quaint, residential area. The tree-lined streets are full of cafés, boutiques and townhouses. The neighborhood—encompassed by Greenwich Village—also served as a site for many historic events including the Stonewall Riots, which many consider the catalyst to the gay liberation movement. One highlight of my journey through the West Village was a stop at piano bar Marie’s Crisis—an almost-hidden watering hole in the lower level of a building on Grove Street. The large, dimly lit room has a bar near the back and a piano in the center—which patrons stand around and collectively sing their hearts out. This is a great spot for any fans of show tunes. I spent the evening singing along to numbers from Evita, Ragtime and even the Little Mermaid. On the weekends, Marie’s Crisis is open ‘til the wee hours in the morning, so if you want to hear a certain song, there’s plenty of time for the charismatic pianist to fill your request. 59 Grove St., btw Bleecker St. & Seventh Ave., 212.243.9323.