184 High St.
Boston, MA 02110
Open seven nights a week until 2 a.m., Howl At The Moon is a nightly dueling piano show which hinges on raucous audience participation, and specializes in cover songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Howl’s ace pianists, guitarists and percussionists pride themselves on a “you shout it, we’ll play it” mentality when it comes to covering the hits, utilizing everything from Lady Gaga to Billy Joel or anything else within their expansive playlists. Howl is a big celebration, serving up dinner and drinks while both staff and clientele join forces in true piano party fashion for birthdays, corporate events, bachelor and bachelorette parties and much, much more. It’s a totally unique experience that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who longs for that center stage thrill.
31-37 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
This downtown gem has been packing ‘em in since 1868, lending startling credence to Jacob Wirth’s claim and reputation as “a Boston favorite.” Specializing in Euro-styled, German cuisine and good times, the entertainment aspect of Jacob Wirth centers around its piano nights, with the bar’s “Friday Night Sing-a-Long” event from 8 p.m. to midnight. Since 1988, pianist Mel Stiller has been gracing Jacob Wirth’s with his talent and wide repertoire of song hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Stiller and Wirth’s even provide an expansive, 500 song lyric book for shy or uncertain singers who still want to try their luck at rock stardom for a night. The party has proved so popular that Jacob Wirth’s has even enlisted fellow piano man Patrick Durkin to handle the 80s and 90s hits on Thursday nights.
275 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02216
Proudly featuring live music, singers and more, The Encore Lounge on Tremont Street is certainly one of Boston’s most beloved piano bars, but it’s also much more than that. This hotspot is known for celebrating all of the musical arts seven nights a week. Featuring a revolving cast of musical pros, Jim Rice and John Minnock are two of Encore’s most celebrated pianists, both of whom handle the ivory keys for the lounge’s cabaret and vocal acts. Minnock hosts his own set of classics, standards and hits on Sunday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight. Offering witty pianist/audience banter, friendly bartenders and staff and a wide variety of seasoned musicians, guests and passers-by, the Encore Lounge is a chill, relaxed spot for a drink and a song any night of the week.
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Top of the Hub
800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
For those with a finer appreciation of music and the arts, and for tourists seeking a fantastic, enviable view of the city, this classy establishment offers some of the most precise and exquisite jazz piano in Boston. The music comes courtesy of jazz pianist Steve Soares and his trio as well as the Lee Childs Group, who feature within their ranks former Berkley Professor of Piano Kurt Wenzel. Every night of the week, Top of the Hub offers up mellow, relaxing and often improvised free jazz for the distinguished drinker and diner seeking to get away, if only for a night, the city’s unique hustle ‘n bustle. To top it off, all of this can be enjoyed free of charge with no tickets required, although there is a $24 minimum for those choosing to eschew sitting at the lounge bar in favor of a table.
266 Broadway Rt. 1
Saugus, MA 01906
Looking for a nice place to take the parents, in-laws or grandparents? The Continental in Saugus proudly boasts a piano bar and live entertainment six nights a week, Tuesday through Sunday. Featuring both bar dining and restaurant accommodations, The Continental specializes in warm, friendly atmosphere and great food. You’ll find plenty of free appetizers available while a revolving cast of musical characters take clientele requests from the 90s, all the way back to the 30s. In other words, bone up on your swing dancing and dust off that zoot suit, for The Continental promises a rockin’ time for guests of all ages.