The concept is simple: one or two musicians, a piano or two and good food and drinks. It’s your neighborhood piano bar and for well over 100 years, music lovers and lovers of the arts have been patronizing piano bars all over the world for entertainment and social interaction. Billy Joel got his start in a piano bar, and so did legendary actor Jimmy Durante. Some piano players get their start from playing piano bars, but some also feature seasoned musicians that play for the love of music and tips. Check out these Atlanta piano bars.
Red Sky Tapas & Bar
1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 16
Marietta, GA 30068
Red Sky Tapas might be one of the best piano bars anywhere in the country. The dueling pianos on Friday and Saturday nights pack the house. Get to Red Sky early and enjoy the huge menu of tapas, small bites and then desserts. It’s also one of the best bars in the north suburbs. The pianos start at 9 p.m. and go to at least midnight. The piano players take requests.
34 Irby Ave. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Park Bench is an Atlanta institution that you must visit once during your tenure in the city. It’s a wonderful bar, but on Thursday and Saturday nights, the dueling pianos come out. Fans of live music will get to experience some of the best piano players in the South. They go at each other with reckless abandon, they play off each other and feed off each other. The dueling pianos at Park Bench makes it one of the best piano bars in Atlanta.
3000 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Six nights of music and great Italian food is what you get every week at the legendary Altobeli’s. Guest vocalists join pianists like Randy Barnes to make musical magic. When it comes to food and drink, start your night by looking at the extensive wine list. Then check out the menu featuring favorites like Vitello Alla Parmigiana and Linguini Mollusco. Give yourself a night out or this could be the perfect date night for you and your significant other.
4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30346
Enjoy a great location and great food to go along with the piano player that fills the dining and bar area with great tunes. Goldfish attracts patrons from the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs areas as well as shoppers coming out of nearby Perimeter Mall. An attentive staff will attend to all of your needs as you order favorites like oysters and fresh salmon. Don’t forget about “Happy Hour” as you finish up work or get caught in Atlanta traffic.
Hal’s Old Ivy
30 Old Ivy Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
For 17 years, everyone has been welcome to come to Hal’s Old Ivy to enjoy some of the best steaks in the city and a unique atmosphere that makes you feel at home. Start the night out in the bar with some of the best piano players in the region playing your favorite tunes. Hal’s is romantic but also classy. It’s a place where you could take a date or host a business dinner. The piano sets the tone for a great dinner and the perfect night out at Hal’s Old Ivy.
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