A long time ago, classic piano bars weren’t hard to find. The same cannot be said in 2014. Currently, if you want to catch a piano being played at a bar, you have to be at the right place on the right night. The list isn’t a long one but you can still enjoy the sounds of the piano keys being hit at a couple of places in the Sacramento area. If piano bars are your thing, then read along and see where this list takes you.
Dive Bar
1016 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 737-5999

Everyone knows Dive Bar — it’s the trendy place on K Street with the mermaid. A lot of people thought this concept wouldn’t last a year, but they were wrong. Outside of serving amazing cocktails, Dive Bar is a place where you can check out dueling pianos on Thursday nights. Starting at 9 p.m. and going until roughly midnight, you can enjoy the sounds of the piano while soaking in your surroundings and taking advantage of revolving specials at the bar. Dive Bar is a place worth checking out on Thursday nights, or any night really.

2 Grand Entertainment
Performances all over CA
(530) 314-1002

With over 20 years in business, 2 Grand Entertainment provides one of the best duelling piano shows you could ask for. Most of its entertainers have over a decade of experience in the industry. This company brings everything required so there’s no need to rent equipment. It provides two grand pianos, PA system and lighting. The pianists have performed all over the world at corporate events, parties and wedding receptions and will personalize playlists and comedy routines to fit whatever you’re looking for. Contact 2 Grand today to book an unforgettable night of fun.

Back Door Lounge
1112 Firehouse Alley
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-5751

Back Door Lounge is not really a “piano bar” but it does have a piano in the corner of the dark velvet-walled bar. Stiff drinks and an alleyway entrance really enhance the Old Sac dive bar feel. On Fridays or Saturdays, you have the chance to get an earful of someone playing the piano. It is independently operated and about as far from corporate as you can get. If you’d like an experience that’s anything but the norm, plan a night at the Back Door Lounge.

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Acoustic Sanctuary
2201 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 454-9463

A piano bar in a converted bus? Sounds claustrophobic, right? Not necessarily. This is a place that holds all of the elements of the classic piano bar, concentrated in a small yet powerful package. Acoustic Sanctuary is hands down the most creative and truest-to-form piano bar on the list. A venue for both music and comedy, Acoustic Sanctuary is owned and operated by Winko Ljizz who is considered by many to be Sacramento’s original one man band. This place is a really fun experience and one where the owner’s passion for music and entertaining is plain to see.

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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.