Baltimore's definitive gay piano cabaret, Jay's on Read
(225 W. Read St.
, 410-225-0188) is a friendly, welcoming little spot that's popular with pretty much anybody who loves singing along - or even just listening - to show tunes and popular jazz standards. Pianists play on the bar's beautifully restored vintage grand piano, and happily take requests from the crowd, which although predominantly gay most nights includes plenty of others who enjoy this kind of entertainment. Jay's is in a section of Mt. Vernon that contains several gay hangouts, from larger clubs like Grand Central
and The Hippo
to neighborhood spots like Leon's and The Drinkery.