Best Piano Bars In The Pittsburgh Area

nightlife music piano bars Best Piano Bars In The Pittsburgh Area

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Pittsburgh has some of the region's best piano bars, thanks to the city's appreciation for nightlife, booze and music. Few instruments set the mood quite like the piano; whether soft and soothing or funky and light, you'll find the right sound at any of Pittsburgh's piano bars and lounges. Sing along or drink to the diverse live music that caters specifically to piano and jazz fans. For a truly unique night out, skip the sports bar and college watering holes and check out the best piano bars the city has to offer at these five hidden gems.

Tender Bar & Kitchen
4300 Butler St.
Lawrenceville, PA 15201
(412) 402-9522

Piano performances are the highlight of Tender Bar & Kitchen's special events. Drop in for exclusive live performances from artists like Paul Cosentino and Tom Roberts, who deliver entertaining and top-notch piano music that will transport you to past eras. Wine and dine at the cocktail lounge and restaurant that serves a diverse and delicious menu of organic, local produce, fish and meat. You can't go wrong ordering any of the lounge's house cocktails or spirits, including gin, bourbon, whiskey, vodka and rum. Tender Bar & Kitchen is located in the city's Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Grand Concourse Restaurant
100 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 261-1717

One of the classiest dining spots in Pittsburgh is also one of the city's best for piano music. A full bar, upscale ambiance and solid menu of entrées and drinks may be what draw locals to the Grand Concourse Restaurant, but it's the diverse and wonderful piano music that keeps diners lingering long after their meal is finished. From top 40 piano renditions to jazzy numbers, you'll hear it all for an all-around top-notch experience. The Grand Concourse is located in Station Square.

Café Notte
8070 Ohio River Blvd.
Emsworth, PA 15202
(412) 761-2233

For a truly intimate evening of piano music, Café Notte's cozy location in Emsworth fits the bill. Wednesdays nights are the best night to stop in with the piano bar bustling from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sit back or sing along to a variety of musicians putting their own twist on your favorite songs while you fill up on the lounge's drinks and entrées. Arrive early to take advantage of happy hour specials from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring $4 house wines, $2.50 domestic beers and $3.50 well drinks. Café Notte also offers a wide selection of martinis and cocktails, including its popular Italian margarita, French martini and Lemoncelio.

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The Pines Tavern
5018 Bakerstown Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044
(724) 625-3252

Head north of downtown Pittsburgh to The Pines Tavern in Gibsonia and you'll find the musical styling of Rick Gallagher and Lori Thee. At The Pines Tavern, you'll get a touch of piano lounge combined with a restaurant atmosphere serving only the best locally grown and prepared fare. Enjoy outdoor seating where you can relax and unwind with a dinner and a drink before heading inside for live music. If you're searching for a laid-back night out or a little romance, The Pines Tavern is a prime pick.

James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
422 Foreland St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 904-3335

Experience the best that Pittsburgh's jazz musicians have to offer at the legendary James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy. While not exclusively a piano bar, this 19th century building, which houses a restaurant and pub, draws the region's most impressive acoustic, blues and jazz artists. Sip your favorite cocktails at the lower level speakeasy during its happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., while live music from quartets, swing bands and vocalists fills the room. James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy is located in the city's historic Deutschtown neighborhood.

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