New York City is a truly wondrous place to visit from its lively theatre district, classical performing arts such as ballet and opera performed at the renowned Lincoln Center, bustling Time Square, and famous museums including MOMA, the Guggenheim, and the Met. Visit Central Park where you can spend a day picnicking on the Great Lawn or take out a rowboat on the water and enjoy the summer sun while passing under numerous willow trees. There are also affordable Airbnbs available if you’re wondering where to stay on a budget in Manhattan. Before retiring, however, head over to the nearest piano bar to enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled evening while beholding some of New York’s most talented artists play nightly setlists consisting of show tunes, pop and rock classics, chart toppers, etc. Check out this curated listing of the best piano bars in Manhattan, New York prior to landing at Newark, JFK, or La Guardia airports.
1. Brandy's Piano Bar
Visitors to the Big Apple will discover a hidden gem in the Upper East Side where they can enjoy an intimate evening of live music and entertainment. Order a martini and sit back and enjoy the abundance of show tunes and classics performed by their talented piano players and staff, nightly. Enjoy joining in on the sing-along in this warm environment which has been showcasing live talent nightly for over 35 years. Stop by Brandy’s for Happy Hour or a post-theatre late night drink to wind down the evening.
Brandy's Piano Bar
Address: 235 East 84th Street
Website: Brandy’s Piano Bar
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 4pm - 4am
2. The Duplex Piano Bar and Cabaret Theater
IF you’re looking for fun things to do at night in Manhattan, stop in at Greenwich Village’s legendary Duplex Cabaret Theatre and Piano Bar for an evening of entertainment. One moment you can be served drinks by your bartender and the next you will witness him belting out classics accompanied by the bar’s piano player. The Duplex showcases some of the best up-and-coming composers, singers, comedians, Broadway professionals, and award-winning recording artists throughout the week. The establishment has helped launch the careers of legends such as Barbara Streisand and Joan Rivers and continues to provide an environment where artists can hone their craft while patrons can enjoy their performance on a nightly basis.
The Duplex Piano Bar and Cabaret Theater
Address: 61 Christopher Street
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 4pm - 4am
3. Sid Gold's Request Room
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Drop by New York’s Chelsea neighborhood for an evening of karaoke in a cozy lounge environment. Visitors can enjoy dining on pizza, salads, or appetizers hidden away in private enclaves with leather booths while witnessing the talented performers play musical classics every evening of the week. Whether starting your evening in Manhattan or finishing off an evening out, make certain to order a cocktail and either a berry shortcake or a chocolate bread pudding while taking in the musical stylings of Joe McGinty on the keys.
Sid Gold's Request Room
Address: 165 West 26th Street
Website: Sid Gold’s Request Room
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5pm - 2am; Sat: 7pm - 2am, Sun: 7pm - 12am
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For a truly unique experience, check out Kaoru, a piano bar with a Japanese restaurant. Enjoy indulging in sushi, rice bowls, and other Japanese classics made with the freshest ingredients while listening to lively music. Like the jazz bars in Manhattan, this property also features jazz classics and 80s ballads in its dining scene. Kaoru is perfect for a quiet evening spent relaxing after a fun-filled day exploring the sights of bustling NYC.
Address: 306 East 46th Street
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 6pm - 1am
5. Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos
For a truly electric, fun-filled evening be certain to make a reservation at Shake Rattle & Roll which has been sold out for nine years straight. Enjoy rocking out to pop, rock, country, show tunes, and disco during an evening out. Choose from thousands of songs to make your night a memorable one while singing along with patrons and the talented artists in this warm atmosphere. Ranging in classics from Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock N Roll, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer, Katy Perry’s California Gurls, Backstreet Boys I Want It That Way to Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive and Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison, an evening at Shake Rattle & Roll, is filled with singable tunes to belt out.
Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos
Address: 306 West 39th Street
Website: Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos
Opening hours: Sat: 10pm - 1am
6. Russian Samsovar Restaurant and Piano Bar
Sit back in one of the red leather booths while sipping on vodka and indulging in caviar straight from Russia while listening to lounge music, jazz, Russian gypsy folk music, and show tunes during an evening in Manhattan. Come for dinner and enjoy Russian classics such as borscht, beef stroganoff, chicken kiev, and many more dishes while enjoying a musical accompaniment from the piano bar. Each Sunday afternoon, a jazz brunch is provided while dinner concerts can be enjoyed every Monday evening.
Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar
Address: 256 West 52nd Street
Opening hours: Mon: 5pm - 2am; Tue - Thu: 12pm - 2am; Fri - Sun: 12pm - 3:59am
7. Marie's Crisis Cafe
For an evening out after walking all day around New York, stop by Greenwich Village to enjoy a cold drink while listening to their pianist play a variety of show tunes. Reminiscent of a British Pub, the bar is dimly lit and packed on a nightly basis. Join in the lively atmosphere with locals and sing along to tunes from My Fair Lady, Chicago, and Evita for an enjoyable evening in the Big Apple. As a side note, cash is the only form of payment accepted at Marie’s Crisis Cafe in Manhattan.
Marie's Crisis Cafe
Address: 59 Grove Street
Website: Marie’s Crisis Cafe
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 4:30pm - 3am; Fri - Sat: 4:30pm - 4am
8. Don't Tell Mama
Celebrating over 30 years, Don’t Tell Mama offers up a one-of-a-kind experience with a piano bar, restaurant, and two cabaret showrooms for those visiting New York to enjoy. Sit back and enjoy the pianist delve into his repertoire of various musical classics while singing along with local patrons each evening till the early morning hours. Enjoy the same welcoming environment where Liza Minelli, Paul Newman, Kristin Chenoweth, and Bette Middler have come to spend an evening out on the town. Although there is a restaurant, only bar menu items such as pizza, spring rolls, sliders, etc. are featured in the piano bar.
Don't Tell Mama
Address: 343 West 46th Street
Website: Don’t Tell Mama
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4pm - 2:30am; Sat - Sun: 11am - 2:30pm
9. Uncle Charlie's Piano Lounge
Stop by for a casual dinner on the patio and finish off the evening enjoying the talented artists perform numerous hits on the piano in their separate lounge. At this Midtown East find, visitors can enjoy a relaxing evening with a rotating lineup of performers. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the bar after spending a day discovering New York and retire to the lounge to enjoy the lively ambiance of locals accompanying the talent into the wee hours.
Uncle Charlie's Piano Lounge
Address: 139 East 45th Street
Website: Uncle Charlie’s Piano Lounge
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 4pm - 4am; Sun: 5pm - 2am
10. Townhouse of New York
While visiting New York, stop by for Happy Hour and an evening of live performances in one of the city’s most beloved piano bars. Featuring the talent of Rick Unterberg and Michael Ferreri, visitors will be able to enjoy pop classics, standards, and show tunes performed by some of the best piano players in the business. Patrons who are interested in rocking the microphone themselves can do so alongside Townhouse’s talented artists.
Townhouse of New York
Address: 236 East 58th Street
Website: Townhouse of New York
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 4pm - 3am; Thu - Sat: 4pm - 4am
All that jazz and more
While taking time to visit the bustling metropolis of New York City and its numerous sights, make certain to take time out to enjoy the evening nightlife such as Broadway plays, concerts at MSG, cultural performances at Lincoln Center, and the relaxing ambiance at the city’s beloved piano bars. Patrons can enjoy fun-filled evenings relaxing sipping cocktails while enjoying some of the best pianists play a variety of classics. Take the time to spend an evening with the locals in these lively joints singing and dancing along to rock, pop, jazz, and show tunes while creating fond memories of your visit to New York City. Be sure to check out rooftop bars and sports bars in Manhattan as well!
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