The Big Bang
807 N 2nd St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
The Big Bang on Laclede’s Landing on the banks of the Mississippi is the best-known piano bar in the city. This is St. Louis’s venue of choice for bachelorette parties and 21st birthdays. Dueling pianists can play virtually any request — for a generous tip, of course — and the place really rocks when the sing-a-long action gets in full swing. Wednesdays are $3 microbrew night and Thursdays are college night (bring an ID for $3 U-Call-Its and $4 bombs). The bar’s location in the historic riverfront entertainment district makes it a great place to stop in for drinks after dinner or before hitting one of the area nightclubs.
The Jive and Wail
1227 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Washington Avenue is the spot for nightlife in the Lou, and it’s the perfect location for The Jive and Wail. On weekends, dueling pianos and a packed house of partiers do, in fact, jive and wail until 3 a.m. at this musical hotspot. You’ll be invited to get up on stage and dance to the pounding of keys or hop on top of one the pianos for a fun serenade. Thursday is ladies’ night, which offers free cover, 50 percent off selected martinis and $10 domestic buckets for the ladies. Bring your ticket stub from a major downtown STL event that same day (like Busch Stadium or Fox Theater) for free admission on Thursdays and Fridays.
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The Piano Bar at Harrah’s
777 Casino Center Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
The Piano Bar at Harrah’s offers “sing-along, dance-along” dueling pianos on Friday and Saturday nights. This bar has the advantage of being located in the Harrah’s Casino complex, so revelers can wander from dinner to casino to The Piano Bar and back again at will. The full bar has everything from specialty cocktails (try the Twisted Note Cosmo with Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and a splash of lime) to a wine and beer menu to bar “munchies” like cheddar bacon fries. Groups are a specialty here–the casino offers packages for bachelorette parties, corporate parties and night-out packages that include hotel rooms.
2280 S Jefferson Ave.
St Louis, MO 63104
Keypers is one of the few quiet piano bars in the city. Instead of a roomful of birthday bashes and bachelorette shindigs, this is a place for people to come alone for a small bite to eat or in pairs for the Friday Piano happy hour (4:30-7:30 p.m.). On other nights, the pianist (which will either be Patty or Danny) comes on between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and everyone gathers on stools around the piano to share some Broadway tunes and cabaret music. Keypers is popular with locals, the LGBT crowd, and anyone who likes to belt out a showtune.
Hide Away Restaurant & Lounge
5900 Arsenal St.
Saint Louis, MO 63139
The Hide Away is another of one of the city’s quieter piano bars. This one is a sweet, old-fashioned dive bar with red walls, low lights and wooden barstools. Hipsters mingle with an older crowd, drinking simple rail drinks and PBR. There’s a tiny dance floor where a couple or two might sway together when the mood strikes. Cheap drinks and a friendly atmosphere keep the locals coming back, even when the piano player isn’t around.
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