Piano bars are the hottest clubs in New York
New York nightlife is in full swing.
The piano bar is fun, musicians tickle the keys to provide an alluring soundtrack for sipping classic cocktails and nibbling on caviar and crisps.
“The city is experiencing a golden age of nightlife and everything old is new again,” Jason Kaplan, a New York hotel veterinarian and owner of JK Consulting told The Post. “There are plenty of bars that provide entertainment, but now there is a trend towards a more upscale piano bar experience with modern touches.”
Take a look around and hit the town.
Melody piano bar
Brothers Tom and Anthony Martignetti – the team behind the fire Southside and Brinkley’s Broome Street in Nolita – opened this 60-seat venue in the former Lexington Bar & Books space. A black lacquered bar, candlelit tables, banquet seating, and Versace palm-leaf wallpaper create a dark, elegant vibe. Floor-to-ceiling wooden dividers between tables add drama.
“It’s adult nightlife,” Anthony told the Post, noting that the venue is very much a neighborhood spot. “It’s a place where you can walk in alone and you’re going to know everyone in the room.”
Cocktails (from $18) like the Grace Kelly (mezcal, raspberry, rosé cava) pair with high bites, like the Shrimp Cocktail with Beet Cocktail Sauce ($28). A solo pianist hits the keys — a digital Yamaha — at 6 p.m. every night, and a jazz trio performs between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. Stay late for special guest artists on Saturdays from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1020 Lexington Ave; 646-559-2808, MelodysPianoBar.com, $20 cover after 8 p.m., no reservations required
Downtown cool meets Bemelmans Bar elegance at this chic spot inside Noho’s Acme decor. Pink velvet seats, low gold ceilings, leopard-print rugs, and Murano chandeliers set the scene for covers of soul, classic rock, and funk songs played on an electric grand piano at the center of it all. No wonder it’s got some wondering, “Is this the sexiest bar in New York?” when it opened earlier this year. Classic cocktails such as a negroni ($20) and a cosmopolitan ($19) are served with luxury dishes, such as Kaspian Potato (piled potatoes with caviar, $95) and foie gras ($32) .
9 Great Jones St. (inside Acme); 212-421-5575, NinesNYC.com, no coverage, reservations recommended
This indoor two-level and rooftop lounge above the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel features Gotham Jazz every Wednesday, starting May 11, with a variety of pianists on the program. And that’s not all. A rotating and roaring ’20s-inspired lineup of burlesque dancers, aerialists and tap dancers will add to the fun. Among the cocktails ($20 to $28) the Lumière (gin, passion fruit purée, vanilla syrup, sparkling wine) takes pride of place. Food options ($16 to $34) include dry-aged wagyu beef sliders, spicy tuna tartare, and wild mushroom arancini.
112 W. 25th Street; 212-404-7969, SomewhereNowhereNYC.com, no coverage, reservations recommended
Prohibition-era splendor lives on in this four-story brick Victorian townhouse on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 49th Street in Rockefeller Center. A host of celebrities – Pete Davidson, Mark Ronson, Nicholas Braun, Justin Theroux and Jason Sudeikis – are investors.
The fun starts on the second and third floors with a dining room serving seafood rounds ($135) and super low snacks like French Onion Dip with Cape Cod Crisps ($12) with Royal Caviar Ossetra (additional $40). Among the cocktails, the Take Me to the Mardi Gras ($21, vodka, absinthe, cucumber, dry vermouth) stands out.
The impromptu piano playing takes place on the fourth floor of Johnny’s, a private event space with a classical piano open to the public when not booked. Jimmy Fallon has been known to come over and sing a few tunes. “[It’s a] spontaneous opportunity for someone to burst into song,” said Noah Bernamoff, a partner investor in the space.
67 W. 49th St.; PebbleBarNYC.com, Email: [email protected]