Orlando’s Dueling Piano Bars

Nightlife, What's New — By Kristen Manieri on January 26, 2011 at 5:22 am

Nothing is more entertaining than watching two pianists go head to head, pounding their hearts out on dueling pianos. If you have yet to experience this rowdy scene, it’s definitely something you won’t want to miss. Luckily, Orlando visitors have not one but FOUR fabulous dueling piano clubs to choose from.

image courtesy of Pat O'Brien's

Located on I-Drive, Howl at the Moon claims to be one of “the world’s greatest piano bars” and has 14 other establishments nationwide. Being bored is not an option at this feisty venue where two pianists often share the stage with two other musicians and sometimes even the bar staff and servers. Down a Jell-O shot, Purple Rain, X-boyfriend, or Stag Cooler (some of the many signature libations) and you’ll really be getting into the party mood.

Baby Grand’s Dueling Piano Bar at Church Street Station, arrived in Orlando late 2010 ready to knock you off your feet as their talented pianists play song requests at a moment’s notice. The club features a new show every night, happy hour deals, weekly specials, and a large selection of drinks. VIP booths with the best views of the stage set this club apart from the rest.

The dueling piano tradition, which began decades ago at Pat O’Briens in New Orleans, continues on in Orlando at its CityWalk location. Authentic Louisiana flavors, including Bloody Mary wings and the world-famous fruity “Hurricane” make this cozy club with an out-of-the-way vibe a must visit.

Finally, expect a tame but talented show at Jellyrolls piano bar at Disney’s BoardWalk where an easy-going, down to earth atmosphere inspires a sing-along crowd. Four pianist rotate through the pianos nightly, impressing the audience with a repertoire of more than a thousand songs. Be sure to test their knowledge with a request or two.

By Kristen Manieri and Elise Gennrich