Love Billy Joel? You’ll Also Love These NYC Piano Bars!

He’s come a long way from playing for bar regulars on a Saturday night; The piano man himself is returning to Madison Square Garden (where he has had more performances than any other artist at the venue) to add on to his already historic residency at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” While dates may still be available, the tickets to see this legend up close and personal tend to go fast. And since Billy is a man who needs no introduction, it’s rare that anyone opens for him, so we made you a list of some classic New York piano spots to get you warmed up for the show!

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Sid Gold’s Request Room
165 West 26th Street, New York, NY

This is a modern take on a piano bar that we find really interesting. Don’t expect to hear the same old piano slow jams –- ‘Sid’s’ loves to mix up their genres! Slide right up to the bar or hold down a booth with your friends and you’re in for a great time.

Brandy’s Piano Bar
235 East 84th Street, New York, NY

Brandy’s is small, but mighty. The staff gets in on the singing, and they are all amazingly talented. We can’t help but think they each have an amazing story to tell of their own adventures as they try to make it big in the music or theater world. Get there early if you want a seat, and be ready for a night of high energy and a lot of laughs. Plus, it’s a great place to go with friends!

Don’t Tell Mama
235 343 West 46th Street, New York, NY

Located smack in the middle of restaurant row, Don’t Tell Mama is big on showcasing its entire staff, as they make a point to hire those that have on- and off-Broadway experience. It’s a nonstop sing-along party that’s been a staple in the NYC scene for decades.

Bemelmans Bar
35 E 76th Street, New York, NY

One of our favorite bars in NYC, period. This place makes us feel like we’re living in a real life “Great Gatsby.” Seriously, they should be selling top hats at the door. An absolute throwback to old NYC, the service is great, the drinks are great and especially during the holidays, it has a magical feel that you can only find in New York. It’s a little pricey, but absolutely worth the trip.

Dino & Harry’s
163 14th Street, Hoboken, NJ

Ok, so maybe it’s not in New York – but it’s only 10 minutes from the Garden! ‘Dino’s’, as the residents know it, is a traditional steakhouse in every sense, cozy and warm in nature with someone playing piano nightly. The ambience is something straight out of a Billy Joel song.

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