The Library Bar at the Warwick Hotel
3015 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 224 3152
www.landmarkrestodallas.comThe Library Bar at the Warwick (formerly Melrose) Hotel is the perfect, relaxing spot for live piano entertainment. As befitting the mood, its performers either croon the best jazz standards or rock out to the latest hits by Lady Gaga. The décor is––you guessed it––a real, honest to goodness library. Hundreds of books sit on bookshelves that line every wall. It’s dimly lit, with lots of floor space for large gatherings or quiet window-side tables for more intimate occasions. The Library’s location provides an interesting mix of out-of-town hotel guests, businessmen, society notables and, since it’s near the LGBT district, a prominent mix of handsome same-sex couples.
2101 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75201
www.oceanprimedallas.comOcean Prime is a model of opulence; the whole place glitters and shines like an aquarium. The aesthetics extend to the piano bar, properly known as the Blu Lounge, where live piano music can heard Tuesday through Saturday. It’s not particularly large, but with its blue accents and soft amber candlelit tables, you’re sure to find it charming and relaxing. Local artists Goga, Jennifer Perryman and Joel Clark are known to perform here. Plus, Ocean’s Prime selection of steaks and seafood is one of the finest in town.
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Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
621 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76164
www.petesduelingpianobar.comNow in its 20th year of business, Pete’s has the dueling piano bit down to an art. Two piano players, Tommy Smith and Erin Bruggeman, take requests from the audience while facing each other on battling pianos. These fun-loving professionals won’t stop until the audience is singing, clapping and doubled over in laughter. Reservations are recommended for large parties, but walk-ins are welcome all night long. There may be a cover charge depending on the night. Don’t fret Dallasites, there’s also a popular location in Addison.
Bent Tree Grill
18110 Midway Rd # 188
Dallas, TX 75287
www.benttreegrill.comBent Tree Grill is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Located in far north Dallas, this neighborhood favorite has the feel of an old-time speakeasy, like the kind of place your grandparents probably used to hang out in. The menu offers decent bar fare and some Italian selections. If the food doesn’t wow you, the man on the piano will. There’s live music every night and the place fills up, so get there early for a good seat. You can also stop in for some card playing fun with free Texas Hold ’em tournaments every Monday and Tuesday night.
Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
298 Lincoln Square
Arlington, TX 76011
www.louielouiespianobar.comAfter cutting his teeth at Pete’s family of piano bars, an ambitious entrepreneur, Louie, decided he wanted a place of his own. His offering is called Louie Louie’s. Like the other choices here, audience members are encouraged to bring a play list and request songs, which keeps the show varied and interesting. But just a heads up, their performers can get a little wild. If you’re celebrating a birthday, they’ll pull you on stage and sing about things it’s impossible to print. Better bring some extra cash for the tip jar to make sure you stay on their good side.
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