Best Piano Bars In The Boston Suburbs

July 31, 2014 7:00 AM

Photo credit: Bella Costa Ristorante

A piano bar is a more fun version of the typical neighborhood bar. There are a few types of piano bars, professional and sing-along, but the vibe is always the same. Never expect pop or rock music to be blaring from the speakers. Expect the tinkling of piano keys to fill the air while sipping a drink and maybe joining the revelry. The Boston suburbs are not home to a great deal of piano bars, but those that are still hanging on near the city are some of the best places to enjoy a night in town with friends without having to go into town.
Photo credit: The Continental Restaurant

Photo credit: The Continental Restaurant

The Continental Restaurant
266 Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906
(781) 233-2587

First and foremost, The Continental Restaurant is a Greek restaurant that serves Mediterranean food every day of the week. The decor of the place easily translates into the sophisticated environment of a higher-end piano bar. From Tuesday to Sunday, piano music is playing, often on request, from a repertoire spanning decades. This makes for a very work outing-appropriate option. Of course, it is also perfect for a romantic date featuring a live version of favorite songs.

Related: Boston’s Best Piano Bars

Photo credit: Bella Costa Ristorante

Photo credit: Bella Costa Ristorante

Bella Costa Ristorante
147 Cochituate Road
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 626-1726

Bella Costa Ristorante serves up some of the finest food in the towns surrounding Boston. From astounding seafood to creative salads, the food is both beautiful and delicious, but the owners do not stop there. Tuesday through Saturday are live piano nights at Bella Costa. Expect to see different faces on the bench throughout the week. The restaurant employs four talented pianists who provide a casually sophisticated ambiance to the dining area while guests relax, drink and eat.

Photo credit: 157 Bin Wine Bar & Lounge (Facebook)

Photo credit: 157 Bin Wine Bar & Lounge (Facebook)

157 Bin Wine Bar And Lounge
Cheng Du Restaurant
157 Turnpike Road
Westborough, MA 01581
(508) 366-7489

It is certainly not everywhere that one can find tasty Asian cuisine, a lovely lounge and piano music, but it is possible to have it all in the Boston suburbs. The Cheng Du Restaurant is home to the piano bar 157 Bin Wine Bar and Lounge. When not listening in on the classy, often jazz styles of the resident pianists or enjoying a drink at 157, Cheng Du offers up Chinese cuisine and is also home to the Akamon Japanese grill. Guests can easily pick and choose some wonderful food in two different styles before sitting down for some relaxing tunes and a drink.

Related: Boston’s Best Spots For Cabaret

Photo credit: Nick's Worcester (Facebook)

Photo credit: Nick’s Worcester (Facebook)

Nick’s Bar And Restaurant
124 Millbury St.
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 753-4030

Nick’s Bar and Restaurant stands out among piano bars by often hosting a blend of instruments and different styles of music. There is even an open forum for songwriters on Tuesdays. Often with no cover, music lovers can come in, grab some casual dining, have a drink and listen to whatever is on. Do not let the appearance of guitars and singers be a deterrent. Most of what happens at Nick’s is in true piano bar style.

Photo credit: Rick's Cafe (Facebook)

Photo credit: Rick’s Cafe (Facebook)

Rick’s Cafe
63 Mazzeo Drive
Randolph, MA 02368
(781) 961-3339

Rick’s Cafe is very much a New England comfort food type of establishment with dishes like fried ice cream on the menu. As for the atmosphere, it is a refreshingly simple version of the typical piano bar. A small piano adjoins a half-oval bar so guests can sit facing the piano and whoever is behind it. The piano is only staffed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Entertainment is limited to Keno and some typical bar television every other night of the week.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at