Philadelphia may not be full of piano bars, but the few we do have are bound to provide endless fun and sing-alongs. From lively dueling piano bars to romantic date-night settings, Philadelphia has it all. Read on to discover some of the best live piano music Philly has to offer.
120 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Bistro Romano is Society Hill’s answer to all things romantic, charming and historic. With its rustic décor, brick walls and upstairs bar taken from an old luxury liner built in the early 20th century, Bistro Romano is a true treasure to the city. Enjoy a romantic dinner of old-school Italian food in the underground wine cellar (and formerly a part of the underground railroad) or head to the piano bar on the weekends to listen to resident piano player Craig Satchell. Performing at Bistro Romano’s piano bar every Friday and Saturday night for the last 16 years, his show embraces many different genres – pop, rock, Broadway tunes, Motown – you name it, he’ll play it (really – he takes requests).
Duel Piano Bar
1420 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Formerly Jolly’s Piano Bar, Duel Piano Bar is one of the only dueling piano bars in Philadelphia entertaining guests every Wednesday through Saturday night. As an interactive and lively night out, the audience chooses which songs are played and the “duel” is usually between audience members based on the amount of tip they provide with their request. The larger tipper gets their song played first and – if you’re picky with the songs you listen to – you can stop the un-liked song with a higher tip. But be warned: the song can be played again if the original requestee ups your tip.
Howl at the Moon
258 S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Howl at the Moon is a dueling piano bar and entertaining destination near Rittenhouse Square. This place performs songs everyone knows and it shows with its all-night sing-alongs. The performers feed off of the audience through requests to create an upbeat environment filled with dancing and singing. It’s open every night except Sunday, when the venue is available for events. The cover is $10 all night on Saturday, but on Friday come early – the cover starts at $5 and then increases to $10 later in the night.
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Tavern on Camac, living as a tavern, piano bar and dance club, features live piano music every night – the piano bar is open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Recently reopened after shutting down for renovations early in the year, Tavern on Camac’s piano bar hosts some of the best musicians in the city who consistently pack the house for giant sing-alongs with their wide-repertoire of songs and extraordinary playing (and there’s no cover). Come in during happy hour for $2 off all drinks.
It’s worth it to travel the short distance to Cherry Hill to visit one of the best piano bars in the area – Seasons 52. The well-seasoned musicians at Seasons 52 play popular and well-known songs you’re sure to know and relax to. While enjoying the live piano music, make sure you also dine. The kitchen uses only the freshest and seasonal ingredients to create some of the healthiest food you’ll find in a restaurant. It’s also known for its wine with more than 50 available by the glass and more than 100 bottles.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.