Piano bars are New York City’s hottest clubs

New York nightlife is hitting a excessive be aware. 

The piano bar is having a second, with musicians tickling the keys to supply a seductive soundtrack for sipping basic cocktails and nibbling on caviar and potato chips.

“The city is experiencing a golden age of nightlife and everything that’s old becomes new again,” Jason Kaplan, a New York City hospitality vet and proprietor of JK Consulting advised The Post. “There’s plenty of bars that have entertainment, but now there’s a trend toward a more upscale piano bar experience with modern touches.” 

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A solo pianist hits the keys at Melody's Piano Bar in the former Lexington Bar & Books space.
A solo pianist hits the keys at Melody’s Piano Bar within the former Lexington Bar & Books house.
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Melody’s Piano Bar 

Brothers Tom and Anthony Martignetti — the crew behind the late Southside and Brinkley’s Broome Street in Nolita — have opened this 60-seat venue within the former Lexington Bar & Books house. A black lacquered bar, candle-lit tables, banquet seating and palm leaf Versace wallpaper make for a dim, fashionable ambiance. Floor-to-ceiling picket dividers between tables add to the drama.

“It’s nightlife for adults,” Anthony advised The Post, noting that the venue can be 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) such because the Grace Kelly (mezcal, raspberry, cava rosé) pair with haute bites, reminiscent of shrimp cocktail with beet cocktail sauce ($28). A solo pianist hits the keys – a digital Yamaha – at 6 p.m. every evening and a jazz trio performs between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. Stay out late for particular visitor entertainers on Saturdays from 1 a.m. till 4 a.m.

The Milky Way cocktail at Melody's Piano Bar features rum, coconut milk, lime and sherry.
The Milky Way cocktail at Melody’s Piano Bar options rum, coconut milk, lime and sherry.
Evan Sung

1020 Lexington Ave.; 646-559-2808,, $20 cover after 8 p.m., no reservations

The Nines 

Downtown cool meets Bemelmans Bar class at this stylish spot inside Noho’s sceney Acme. Rose-colored velvet seating, low gilded ceilings, leopard-print carpets and Murano chandeliers set the scene for covers of soul, basic rock and funk songs performed on an electrical child grand within the middle of all of it. No marvel it led some to ask, “Is this the sexiest bar in New York City?” when it opened earlier this year. Classic cocktails reminiscent of a negroni ($20) and cosmopolitan ($19), are served together with luxe fare, such because the Kaspian Potato (potatoes piled with caviar, $95) and foie gras ($32).

The dinner crowd at The Nines, which has been called the downtown Bemelmans.
The dinner crowd on the Nines, which has been known as the downtown Bemelmans.
Zoe van der Grinten

9 Great Jones St. (Inside Acme); 212-421-5575,, no cover, reservations really helpful

Somewhere Nowhere 

This bi-level indoor lounge and rooftop above the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel is introducing Gotham Jazz every Wednesday, starting May 11, with numerous pianists on the lineup. And that’s not all. A rotating, roaring ’20s-inspired lineup of burlesque dancers, aerialists and faucet dancers will add to the enjoyable. Amongst the cocktails ($20 to $28) the Lumiere (gin, ardour fruit puree, vanilla syrup, glowing wine) is a spotlight. Food choices ($16 to $34) embrace dry age wagyu beef sliders, spicy tuna tartare and wild mushroom arancini.

Pianist Gordon Webster hits the keys at Somewhere Nowhere, a lounge at Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel introducing jazz nights in May.
Pianist Gordon Webster performs at Somewhere Nowhere.
Nina Galicheva

112 W. twenty fifth Street; 212-404-7969,, no cover, reservations really helpful

Pebble Bar

Jimmy Fallon attended the grand opening party at Pebble Bar.
An night at Pebble Bar, the place stars like Jimmy Fallon frequent the historic Midtown watering gap.
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Prohibition period splendor lives on on this four-story brick Victorian townhouse on the nook of Sixth Avenue and forty ninth Street at Rockefeller Center. A bevy of celebrities — Pete Davidson, Mark Ronson, Nicholas Braun, Justin Theroux and Jason Sudeikis — are buyers.

The enjoyable begins on the second and third flooring with a eating room serving up seafood towers ($135) and high-low snacks such French onion dip with Cape Cod chips ($12) with Royal Ossetra caviar (an extra $40). Amongst the cocktails, the Take Me to the Mardi Gras ($21, vodka, absinthe, cucumber, dry vermouth) is a standout.

The impromptu piano enjoying occurs on the fourth ground at Johnny’s, a non-public occasions house with a basic piano that’s open to the general public when it’s not booked. Jimmy Fallon has been identified to drop in and belt out a number of tunes. “[It’s a] spontaneous opportunity for someone to break out in song,” mentioned Noah Bernamoff, a accomplice investor within the house.

The opening party at Pebble Bar.
The opening celebration at Pebble Bar.
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67 W. forty ninth St.;, e-mail: [email protected]

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