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Piano Bars and Jazz Clubs: A Different Side of Vegas Nightlife

The lights are dimmed low. Bartenders are serving cocktails to the sounds of a piano in the background. This isn’t just any nightclub; the piano bars and jazz clubs of Las Vegas offer tunes and drinks for the sophisticated cat. If the pulsing rhythms of trendy Las Vegas nightclubs aren’t for you, with their long lines and expensive cover charges, explore this side of Las Vegas nightlife that is often forgotten about.

Vegas offers a wide range of piano bars and jazz clubs, from the popular casino-owned locations on the Strip to the tiny hole-in-the-wall variety. For those who have never ventured into a piano bar before or aren’t sure if they like jazz, the bigger, more popular spots are a good place to start.

A prime example is the Piano Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas, which offers a dueling piano show every evening at 9 pm amid a comfortable, brick-laden bar setting. The show is a popular Vegas favorite and features twin pianists battling it out for the approval of the audience. Similar in style is the Bar at Times Square at New York-New York Hotel and Casino. Designed to replicate a neighborhood pub, the Bar at Times Square is a bit too brightly lit but features wooden floors and rich dark wood walls. They also feature a dueling piano show from Monday to Wednesday starting at 8 pm.

And for Jazz on the Strip, The Bellagio is probably your best bet. The Fontana Bar and the Baccarat Bar both offer live music on select nights. The Fontana is an elegant, upscale lounge and features a dark and cozy atmosphere along with the jazz, pop, and R&B styles of band leader Tim Pratt. The Baccarat Bar, meanwhile, is a little too close to the casino for our tastes, but a live musician plays jazz tunes nightly on a beautiful baby grand piano.

Though the Strip offers plenty in the way of comfortable and luxurious piano bars and jazz lounges, the genuine article won’t be found on the Strip. One great middle ground between the shiny Strip spots and the only-known-by-residents local clubs is the Caylix Jazz Supper Club. Elegantly adorned with dark wood accents, marble floors, and plush velvet bar stools, the club is definitely a luxurious place to spend an evening. However, Caylix also offers genuine live jazz music on Thursday, Saturdays, and Sundays from Las Vegas artists.

Just Jazz is another spot which offers, of course, jazz music. However, unlike other bars which feature jazz music only one night a week, Just Jazz offers the smooth tunes every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. In the club’s dark but intimate setting, guests can hear sultry stylings from the live house band and enjoy cocktails for a very local-targeted but genuine jazz club experience.

And for a great local piano bar, Becker’s Lakeside also offers a piano night every Friday and Saturday. This off-the-Strip spot provides informal dining and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere, and its design is cozy but clean and elegant. A pianist entertains the crowd with everything from Rat Pack-era songs to modern tunes.

Next time you’re craving an escape from the typical nightlife of the Strip, do explore some of these romantic and relaxing spots. A jazz club can be a great place to take a date, and a piano bar can be a fun and casual spot to spend the night. Combine these elements with the glamour of Las Vegas, and you’ve got a recipe for a fantastic evening out.


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