Relaxing in good company with good music playing in the background is a great way to wind down at the end of the day. The gentle sounds of the piano soothe away the stresses of the day like no other music, which is why piano bars have been so popular as places to recharge the batteries for many years.
Piano bars around the world have their regular clientele and a few visitors who pop in to shake off the day and make a pleasant start to the evening. You probably have your own favourite near you. But if you are away from home and want to hear those soothing piano sounds, it can be tough trying to find a place to suit your mood. So, here are five of the world’s best piano bars that are guaranteed to delight your soul.
Harry’s New York Bar, Paris
This iconic American-style bar in Paris is a favourite with office workers as well as being a must visit bar for tourists. Ernest Hemmingway and Jean-Paul Sartre downed some of Harry’s famous cocktails here and George Gershwin composed “An American in Paris’ in its underground piano bar. Patrons enjoy the sounds of the resident pianist nightly and the jazz concerts that are held twice a week.
You can enjoy a great cocktail as you relax in the London Piano Bar at Boisdale of Bishopsgate, which is popular with the locals from the nearby business district. And after your cocktails and you are ready to face the rest of the evening, the sumptuous steaks and Scottish-themed food from the restaurant with the promise of more musical entertainment make Boisdale the place to go to wind down after a hard day or just for a great night out.
Las Cuevas Del Sesamo, Madrid
If sangria, a local punch that is made from wine and brandy with fruit and a sweetener, is your drink then Las Cuevas Del Sesamo is the place for you, as its sangria is said to be the best in Madrid. This popular cave bar is always buzzing with the sound of conversation while the resident musician plays soothing melodies.
Piano Bar, Los Angeles
From modest beginnings, the British-themed Piano Bar in the heart of Hollywood has become a favourite haunt for lovers of good live music. With top quality piano music daily and a regular flow of guest musicians, the Piano Bar has a lively, but low-key, atmosphere that keeps the regulars going back for more.
L’Absinthe Bar, Antibes
Aptly named for the huge variety of absinthe on offer, L’Absinthe boasts fountains, a hat collection and vintage posters to delight the eye while sounds of the piano linger delightfully in the background. This stone-vaulted basement bar located in the market area of Antibes has a casual, relaxed atmosphere that attracts locals and visitors alike.
About The Author: This article was written by John, a live music fan from London.