Piano bars hit a high note in Vegas


By Caroline Fontein

When you’re in a city with a bustling nightlife scene sometimes it’s the tried and true options that end up being the most fun. Sure you can party the night away at one of the city’s many nightclubs, but if you want a place where you can hang out with your friends, enjoy a few drinks and listen to good live music, piano bars are the best bet in Vegas. No one can deny the timeless appeal of the classic piano bar.  Here’s a list of piano bars on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown.

The Bar at Times Square at New York-New York
Where: New York-New York
            3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
            Las Vegas, NV 89109
One of the most popular dueling pianos bars on the Strip, The Bar at Times Square at New York-New York always draws a big crowd. From Billy Joel to Journey, the dueling piano players perform plenty of crowd pleasers encouraging everyone to sing along. The bar’s intimate setting makes this venue a cozy yet big city hang out. The Bar at Times Square is open 24 hours and the dueling pianos players perform at 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. nightly. There is a $10 cover and table reservations can be made for $15 a seat Sun. – Thu. and $25 a seat Fri. – Sat.

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar at Town Square
Town Square
            6605 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
             Las Vegas, NV 89119
Established in 1992, Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar made its way to Vegas as part of the Town Square dining, shopping and entertainment complex in 2009. The bar features a stage with two pianos, a drum set and an indoor and outdoor seating area. The action stars at 8 p.m. with two of four piano players taking the stage to play popular hit songs and take requests from the audience. They perform everything from Men at Work to Sublime and even a few songs you wouldn’t expect to hear on the piano. As the night rolls on a new set of piano players takes the stage, providing more riotous entertainment until about 2 a.m. Along with just playing the piano, the performers are great entertainers who invite people to get out of their seats and even come on stage for different songs throughout the evening.

 The Pub at Monte Carlo
Where: Monte Carlo
            3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
            Las Vegas, NV 89109
With more than 200 beers on tap, a causal pub-style atmosphere and live entertainment from two robust piano players, The Pub at Monte Carlo is always home to a good time.  If you’re not in the mood for a beer the pub also serves an array of other drinks including their famous adult milkshakes with names like “The Luck of the Irish” and “Peppermint Snowflake.”  Come for a drink or a meal as The Pub also offers a full food menu. The piano players take the stage at 9 p.m. Thu. – Sat.

The Piano Bar at Harrah’s
Where: Harrah’s
            3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
            Las Vegas, NV 89109
At the Piano Bar at Harrah’s audiences don’t just get to see a show, they become part of it. Here, the audience is the judge as two piano players duke it out to determine who is No. 1. The show starts at 9 p.m. nightly.   

Napoleon’s Piano Bar at Paris Las Vegas
Where: Paris Las Vegas
            3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
            Las Vegas, NV 89109
Offering an extensive champagne menu, Napoleon’s Piano Bar at Paris Las Vegas is a fun spot to enjoy some bubbly and live entertainment from two piano players. The show is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly. When it comes to drinks Napoleon’s features a variety of more than 100 champagnes and sparkling wines served by the glass and by the bottle. The bar also serves a light menu of hors d’oeuvres, all of which are classic complements to champagne. 

Eastside Lounge at Encore
Where: Encore
            3121 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
            Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Eastside Lounge at Encore features plush décor and the talent of David James and Scott Ellis, two incredible piano players.  The show starts at 9 p.m. nightly and there is a two drink minimum.

Salute Lounge
Where: Palazzo
                3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
                Las VegasNV 89109
Located next to the Jersey Boys Theater, Salute Lounge at the Palazzo features one of the earliest dueling piano acts in town. The show starts nightly at 5:30 p.m. providing a before or after dinner spot where you can check out live entertainment. Here two piano players entertain guests with a wide range of songs that span almost every music genre. The show goes on until about 1:30 a.m.

Other Piano Bars
These bars don’t have dueling piano players, but they do still offer live entertainment if you’re looking for an evening spot to hear someone tickle the ivories. 

Don’t Tell Mama
Where: Downtown
               517 Fremont St.
            Las Vegas, NV 89101
Located on Fremont Street next to Beauty Bar,  Don’t Tell Mama has its charms. Run by the same people who ran the original one for years in New York City, Don’t Tell Mama is part piano bar and part gathering spot. You won’t find any gambling here, just a fully-stocked bar, a piano, and a staff of talented piano players ready to take the stage and entertain at a moment’s notice.

Petrossian Bar
Where: Bellagio
            3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
            Las Vegas, NV 89109
Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio is located across from the hotel’s main lobby area. The seasoned mixologists are always ready with your next drink while the lounge’s tasteful European-style décor provides plenty of seating options. Along with the live entertainment here guests get a taste of the finer things in life. The bar serves afternoon tea from 2 – 5 p.m. and caviar from noon to midnight on Sun. – Thu. and noon to 1 a.m. Fri. – Sat.  The bar is open 24 hours a day and in the evening a rotating roster of piano players provides live entertainment on a one-of-a-kind Steinway grand piano.