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New York, NY 10002
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A staple of the Lower East Side, Pianos offers two stages to check out tunes when you need a respite from the inanity of Ludlow Street. Squeeze past the throngs of drunken hipsters in the front bar to find either performance space. The upstairs has something a little more intimate with a smaller stage, and Pianos books shows here that cater to the lower ceilings and broader room. Up here, you can also get your burger on while watching a muted rock act or folk trio. But the guilt of talking and eating over a singer-songwriter might be a little too pervasive. The main concert space below hosts the bulk of Pianos’ shows. After all these years, Pianos still manages to pull off some of the most diverse sets in the city, from avant-jazz to heavy, Goth-tinged rock, to dubstep. And the ears on the sound guy seem to handle everything. --Dale Eisinger

Member Reviews

  • RRaposo
    RRaposo wrote a review for Pianos
    on 09/28/10

    Good for a small live show!

  • fstabile wrote a review for Pianos
    on 07/02/10

    LOVE pianos, and LOVE the margaritas

  • SwedishFish wrote a review for Pianos
    on 05/12/09

    Ah, Pianos. The hipster's wet dream, where PBR flows like, well, PBR, and the music is so obscure, the DJ's hardly heard of it. Great on weekdays, invaded by Eurotrash and hipster wanna-be's on weekends. Interesting experimental bands/shows almost every night in the back room.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Pianos usually runs late with their set times. That’s OK, ‘cause the food menu’s great: surprisingly good nachos with chickpeas.

  • Flavorpill NYC on 10/06/09

    Pianos usually runs late with their set times. That’s OK, ‘cause the food menu’s great: surprisingly good nachos with chickpeas.

  • Rick C. on 08/17/09

    Karaoke in the upstairs lounge is unlike anything you've seen before! Monday Nights is honestly the best party in the LES... possibly the whole city!

  • Cara C. on 05/11/10

    Yup the frozen margaritas are lethal. On the floor after 2.5.

  • New York Habitat on 11/07/11

    Fun spot for a drink and to catch a live band. Come here during happy hour for some cheap drinks and a good time.

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