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Best Piano Bars In Minnesota

June 21, 2012 6:00 AM

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Piano bars have been experiencing a surprising resurgence in popularity lately in the Twin Cities, with the addition of a relatively new dueling piano bar downtown and the revamp of a long-standing suburban nightclub to accommodate dueling piano entertainment on the weekends. Known for their entertaining and comedic performances, piano bars create an energetic, fun-loving atmosphere that attracts patrons of all ages and musical tastes. Here are a few of the best piano bars Minnesota has to offer.
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Shout House Rock ‘N Roll Dueling Pianos
650 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 337-6700
www.theshouthouse.com

The Shout House features two dueling piano players, squared off at face-to-face grand pianos. The talented pianists take audience requests and play a variety of classic rock ‘n roll hits from the 1950s to present day, punctuated with comedic showmanship designed to keep the audience engaged. If you love the 80s, you’ll love Wednesday nights at the Shout House. Listen to your favorite 80s tunes played live, enjoy $2 drink specials, and arrive dressed in your best 80s garb for free entry. College students get in for free on Friday nights with a student ID and Sundays feature Worker’s Comp Night for service industry workers. If you are planning on attending with a large group of friends, go early, as tables fill up quickly, especially on the weekends. Got a special event like a birthday or graduation party coming up? Check out The Shout House’s VIP packages.

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Bogart’s Place
14917 Garrett Ave.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 432-1515
doubledittyspianobar.com

Recently renovated, Bogart’s Place in Apple Valley transforms into a dueling piano bar every Friday and Saturday evening. Dubbed Double Ditty’s Dueling Piano Party, a $5 cover gets you access to hours of live dueling piano antics. The piano show begins at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. Double Ditty’s is perfect for those looking to avoid the hassle of downtown Minneapolis (they offer free parking) and the overcrowding that typically occurs on the weekends. Double Ditty party packages are also available, ideal for an upcoming celebration or a night on the town. An added bonus, the attached bowling alley is a convenient place to knock a few pins down.

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Nye’s Polonaise Room
112 E Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-2021
www.nyespolonaise.com

Nestled in the Northeast neighborhood is Nye’s Polonaise, a Minneapolis institution of sorts that has stood the test of time… literally. Not much has changed at Nye’s since it opened in 1950, which attributes to its appeal to regulars and newcomers alike. Upon entering Nye’s, a feeling of nostalgia immediately washes over you as your eyes absorb the retro supper club decor. Grab a seat in a vintage, gold-flecked vinyl booth and a order a stiff martini as Mike the “Piano Man” Maresh entices audience members to sing karaoke while he plays along. An added bonus, pop on over to the “Old Side” on Friday and Saturday nights and polka to your heart’s content as the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band rocks the stage all evening long. If you are looking for a piano bar that has the ability to transport you to decades past, Nye’s is the place to go because the classics never go out of style.

A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. She went to graduate school, survived, and has a Masters Degree in Sociology from Purdue University. Christina loves to read, write, and explore the city. She enjoys writing about unique events, of which (thankfully!) there is no shortage of in Minnesota. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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