OUR FAVORITE CHICAGO PIANO BARS
GRAPE STREET PIANO BAR
226 East Ontario Street - Telephone: (312) 202-1933
We love Grape Street Piano Bar for their cozy and inviting lounge atmosphere and talented piano players. Another perk is that you can rent the entire bar out for large parties. The bartender and waitresses are all very friendly, and the drinks are fantastic. The live music begins at 8:00 PM each night. Located just a block off the Magnificent Mile.
650 North Dearborn Street - Telephone: (312) 573-2233
The Joynt has live music six nights per week, and with many different rooms to enjoy, you'll be treated to several different kinds of music. The Jazz Lounge is incredibly comfortable, and you can't beat the quality of the music here. If you're interested in the other rooms, they have The Grand Bar, The Retro Club, The Lounge, and The Outdoor Cafe. Four different live music venues and three different dancefloors! This is a very popular live music venue in the Chicago area, so get in there early if you plan to get a seat, and be sure to check their website for the current schedule.
1220 North State Parkway - Telephone: (312) 642-5140
There's never any cover charge at the Zebra Lounge, and this small piano bar has a very loyal patronage thanks to their friendly bartender and attentive staff. The music is top notch, with all the piano bar classics from old rat pack standards to Billy Joel and everything in between. The decor is strictly zebra here, with lots of black and white stripes. They claim that the lounge opened the day that Prohibition was repealed, so it's got a rich history. The early evenings are subdued and mellow here, but late nights on the weekends are really lively! We love the cozy atmosphere and the wonderful vibe. Affordable drink prices too.
HOWL AT THE MOON
26 West Hubbard Street - Telephone: (312) 863-7427
Howl at the Moon is by far one of the very best piano bars in the Chicago area! This just may be the most popular one too. The atmosphere is lively and the music is nothing short of fantastic. They've got a large dance floor, delicious food and drinks, and even outdoor seating when the weather is warm. It's nice to take advantage of their daily drink specials, and they've got giant bucket drinks too! The musicians here will play any song that you request, and if by chance they don't know it, they'll learn it on a break and still get the job done for you! We absolutely love the vibe, the crowd, and the staff at this fine establishment. In business since 1989 for a reason!
THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR
16 West Ontario Street - Telephone: (312) 640-1000
The Redhead Piano Bar is the place that you can rely on any night of the week. They're open seven days, and open late too! Until 4:00 AM on the weekdays and 5:00 AM on Saturdays. You'll never pay any cover charge here. The atmosphere is very upscale, and they do have a business casual dress code that people adhere to. You'll want to look sharp when you visit this piano lounge! We come for the music and stay for the martinis. You can rent the bar out for private parties if you like. They have a more sophisticated crowd here that really appreciates good music and good times.
FLY ME TO THE MOON
3400 North Clark Street - Telephone: (773) 528-4033
This piano bar is more of a restaurant than any of the other lounges on this list. You'll enjoy their live piano music while dining on the most delicious grilled calamari and saganaki that you've ever had. Their menu consists of Italian food, Greek food, seafood, and some Southern specialties. Small, cozy, and romantic.
O'Brien's Restaurant and Bar
1528 North Wells Street - Telephone: (312) 787-3131
This is a wonderful restaurant where you can enjoy delicious steaks, pasta, and chicken dishes, but in their piano bar you'll enjoy some of the best live music in the Windy City. Why not dine on some of their specialties and then head over to the bar area for some cocktails? Fantastic music, delicious food, mouth watering drinks... O'Brien's is an excellent choice for anyone who loves classic sophistication.
JILLY'S PIANO BAR
1007 North Rush Street - Telephone: (312) 664-1001
Jilly's was Frank Sinatra's "favorite bistro," and they feature the sounds of Sinatra seven nights a week. They've got generously portioned martinis, delicious signature cocktails, and even champagne. Their food and drink menus are as varied as they come. You'll keep coming back both for the music and to try everything on their menu! They stay open into the wee hours of the morning, until 2:00 AM Sunday through Friday and until 3:00 AM on Saturdays. No cover and no minimum!
HUGO'S FROG BAR & FISH HOUSE
1024 North Rush Street - Telephone: (312) 640-0999
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House is not only your source for the freshest and most delicious seafood dishes in the Chicago area -- it also features live piano music on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. The classic nautical theme will make you feel as if you've stepped into an upscale restaurant in the New England states. Their fresh seafood menu and winelists are both extensive and fantastic. You can't go wrong with any item that you choose here, and with that fabulous piano music tickling your eardrums, you will never want to leave.
4441 West Irving Park Road - Telephone: (773) 283-8331
While this one isn't a full piano bar, they do have a baby grand piano played live on the weekends. This restaurant gives you a taste of fine Italian dining with that classic Chicago style that you love.
GIBSON'S STEAKHOUSE & BAR
1028 North Rush Street - Telephone: (312) 266-8999
While Gibson's Restaurant is known for their amazing steaks and fantastic seafood, you may not know that there is a piano bar attached. Nightly you can hear live piano music while enjoying delicious cocktails, possibly after you've enjoyed a delicious meal in the world famous restaurant. Gibson's is a Chicago classic.
DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR
1383 North Milwaukee Avenue - Telephone: (773) 278-1830
Davenport's has a piano bar on one side and cabaret on the other. All year round they feature live musical entertainment, from audience requests to singalongs. The live entertainment happens every day of the week except Sundays and Tuesdays. The great news here is that there's usually no cover charge--you'll only pay two bucks to get in on Fridays and Saturdays after ten o' clock.
CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE
60 West Ontario Street - Telephone: (312) 787-7100
One of Chicago's best steakhouses, Chicago Chop House also functions as a piano bar. You can catch live entertainment here on Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, on Saturdays from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM, and on Sundays from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Enjoy the best steaks, chops, and fish while listening to some of the best live piano music in town.
MYRON & PHIL'S STEAK SEAFOOD & PIANO BAR
3900 West Devon Avenue - Telephone: (847) 677-6663
Their name -- Myron & Phil's Steak Seafood & Piano Bar -- may be a mouthful, but the dining experience is a dream. They've been in business since 1971 with the absolute best steaks and seafood in town. Enjoy those great dinners and then head into the lounge to listen to their live piano player light hte night up with music.
140 East Walton Street - Telephone: (312) 787-2200
Coq D'Or was only the second bar to open up in 1933 after Prohibition was repealed, and it has kept that same old fashioned charm ever since. This is probably the most authentic piano bar you'll find, with its original decor and more mature crowd. It's also one of the only hotel bars to still offer live music. They have extremely friendly staff and very experienced musicians. You'll really enjoy the top notch service, the deliciously concocted drinks... and of course, the excellent live piano music.