Party Earth Review A staple of Lower East Side nightlife, Pianos hosts a steady lineup of up-and-coming indie artists that keeps its diverse clientele coming back again and again. The main bar sports a soothing urban beach décor of blues... ... read full review
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z: Delancey Street-Essex Street
Lower East Side, New York –
A staple of Lower East Side nightlife, Pianos hosts a steady lineup of up-and-coming indie artists that keeps its diverse clientele coming back again and again.
The main bar sports a soothing urban beach décor of blues and whites featuring peeling wood-plank floors and a curvy concrete bar adorned with tree trunks that combine to create a mellow atmosphere for the young artists and hipsters flirting over frozen margaritas.
As singles mingle at rustic picnic tables and raised banquettes up front, grungy hipsters, music lovers, and friends of the band head for the showroom in back, a dim performance space decked out in large tropical photos, a splintery wooden bar, and a simple stage hosting local indie rock acts.
A colorful stairwell featuring displays of papier-mâché animals leads to the upstairs lounge, the preferred hangout for lively young professionals who cluster around the tile bar or on the assortment of low leather benches.
On weeknights, a DJ provides ambient tunes from his rickety station in the corner, but on weekends, the vibe gets kicked up a few notches as the lounge turns into a club and intoxicated young urbanites and international singles flood the floor to form a massive dance party.
A classic downtown joint, Pianos is a great option for patrons looking for live music, dancing, and a uniquely diverse crowd all rolled into one.
Fans of the bands and local hipsters in the showroom, single young professionals in the upstairs lounge, and a mix in the main bar, mid-20s to 30s.
Live music nightly. Mostly indie rock bands in the showroom starting between 7 and 8pm, more eclectic acts and singer/songwriters upstairs most nights 7–10pm. DJs every night in the main bar from 5pm and in the upstairs lounge from 10pm. Special nights include Rock and Roll Trivia 8–10pm followed by karaoke 10pm–close on Mondays.
Bar snacks, salads, burgers, and sandwiches served 2pm–midnight. Happy Hour daily 2–7pm.
Cover charge $8–$10/showroom and $5/upstairs lounge weekends after 10:30pm. Appetizers $5–$9, salads $6–$12, sandwiches and burgers $7–$12. Beer $5–$7, wine $6–$9, cocktails $7–$10, bottle service $195+.
Casual downstairs: jeans, t-shirts, button-downs. Slightly dressier upstairs, particularly on weekends: jeans and heels, dresses, button-downs.
Any night for the bands, or Saturday nights for a fun dance party.
Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street) is another live music venue only a stone’s throw away.