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Any good piano bars / restaurants in Toronto or GTA?

SMOG May 28, 2009 06:30 PM

Hey all, I'm looking for a place that has a piano player (jazz, classical, whatever). Something not clubby nor crowded, just a relaxed atmosphere. Preferably that serves food, but if it's just a bar/lounge, that's fine as well. Anything in the Toronto area or GTA (Vaughn, Richmond Hill, Markham).


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    hungryabbey May 28, 2009 06:42 PM

    Ive had a good time at Reservoir Lounge. Its a really fun underground spot.. I havent eaten there, but the menu looks pretty good. Go before the music starts though if you want to eat, because the last time I went I got there at about 9pm on a friday night and there were no seats (had to stand and drink) so we obviously werent able to eat. Music is great though! Age of people really varies.. from mid 20s to late 40s for the most part. Let me know if you find any other places though, I'd love some more good music bars with a piano player.

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      SMOG May 28, 2009 07:46 PM

      Yes, I've been to reservoir lounge. It's a great choice for music. I ate there a while back and the food was mediocre, but I didn't go for food. This request is for my parents though, and RL is a bit too clubby. We're looking for something quieter, where you sit at a traditional table.

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      childofthestorm May 28, 2009 06:56 PM

      I've had a great time at Casa Mendoza on Lakeshore in Etobicoke. Food is just ok Portuguese, but the piano player is amazing, very old school. Of course, we were a big drunken group that kept stuffing his tip jar, making requests, and singing loudly along to his songs. So maybe go on a night when there isn't a group like us there.

      Added bonus is one of the more underrated patios in Toronto - what a view.

      1. JamieK May 29, 2009 11:28 AM

        The School in Unionville has a piano lounge. I haven't been but there are positive comments elsewhere on the board.

        The School
        4121 14th Ave, Markham, ON L3R0J2, CA

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          Jacquilynne May 29, 2009 01:01 PM

          Can't comment on the piano bar, but in my experience (admittedly a few years old, but this isn't the kind of place that seems likely to have changed anything recently) it's a pretty mediocre restaurant. Bland, boring, expensive food served primarily to people dining out with work colleagues for things like retirement parties and project completion celebrations.

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            JamieK May 29, 2009 04:06 PM

            Well nix that suggestion then. J's dated experience is more relevant than my non-experience.. That's too bad -- an old converted schoolhouse has so much potential, what a waste.

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            Gary May 29, 2009 05:42 PM

            Le Saint Tropez in the tourist strip along King St. W. has a piano lounge on one floor. I've heard it variously described as "cheesy" and "fun" by different people. I haven't had the pleasure of being able to comment myself. The food there is passable.


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              dawich Sep 5, 2009 08:44 PM

              We just had dinner at Le Saint Tropez and were very disappointed. It took 2 hours to get the main dishes and they still got it wrong. And they charged the wrong price for the wine. Will never go back and strongly suggest you stay away. We found Urban two doors down much better.

            2. Rabbit May 29, 2009 07:48 PM

              Maybe Sopra? (www.sopra.ca


              I think Jacob & Co also has a piano lounge, but I haven't been.

              The Rex showcase lots of different bands and if you check the schedule you might be able to confirm whether someone's playing piano. It's a bit grotty, food is roadhouse-y and definitely not excellent, but I love it in spite (so do my parents).

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                vidkid May 30, 2009 01:24 PM

                Jacobs & Co (http://www.jacobssteakhouse.com/) indeed does have a piano player most evenings in the downstairs bar area. You can find out more info about the Piano Bar right on their website.

                However, if you're going for dinner, it can be quite the pricey experience but IMO, worth the cash.

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                Arcadiaseeker May 30, 2009 05:06 AM

                The bar at the Windsor Arms has a piano player from time to time.

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                  Googs May 30, 2009 05:52 AM

                  If you mean Prime Steakhouse, then that's Friday's they have a piano player. I was thinking the same thing. Now if only they wanted dinner with their traditional table.

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                    Arcadiaseeker May 30, 2009 07:02 AM

                    I meant the 22 -- the bar that's been there forever off to the left of the entrance. They have had a piano for years although I have not been in the past year so don't know if they still have. That place is a Toronto institution -- in the early days of the film fest (back in the 80s) it was where all the deals got made.

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                      Arcadiaseeker May 30, 2009 07:09 AM

                      Correction Googs -- I just checked the Web site and saw Prime Piano Lounge -- I didn't know this existed! Very exciting. It says it's open Wednesdays and Thursdays. Will definitely have to check it out.

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                        Googs May 30, 2009 10:04 AM

                        For the life of me I can find no Piano Lounge link. Could you please provide it?

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                          Arcadiaseeker May 30, 2009 10:54 AM

                          Here you go!

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                    phoenikia Jun 5, 2009 12:59 PM

                    Tom Jones has a piano lounge upstairs.

                    Tom Jones
                    17 Leader Lane, Toronto, ON M5E1L8, CA

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                      Snarf Jun 5, 2009 01:20 PM

                      Warning note re above. Steakhouse is named after Henry Fielding charactor, not Welsh singer. Do not throw undergarments at the talent.

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                        phoenikia Jun 5, 2009 01:29 PM

                        Never thought of recommending Tom Jones for bachelorette parties or girls' nights out before, but maybe CH can help Tom Jones tap into that demographic ;-)

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                      luvfood2 Aug 29, 2010 08:00 AM

                      If you don't mind slumming downtown in and around the gay village, there are a few bars that have a piano player/singer. One is on Yonge St. and it's called Gladaman's Den. Then there's a place called Play on Church and they have a really popular performer a few nights a week named Kendall. Fantastic voice, plays a wide variety of music. Also Zipperz has a lounge side with piano players every night of the week, but it's hit and miss as to quality. Hope that helps.

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