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Feb 27, 2013 09:09 AM

Relaxed bar with playable piano in Toronto/GTA?

I'm looking for a bar somewhere in Toronto that also has a piano available to play for the public. I've seen these kinds of bars all over the world, but haven't found one in Toronto yet.

Just so I'm clear, I'm not looking for a piano bar/lounge where a pianist is playing. I want a bar that's relaxed, serves drinks and preferably some food, and has a dingy piano in the corner that can be played by anyone. :)

Thanks, fellow Chowhounders.

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  1. how do these places around the world guard against really bad piano playing?

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    1. re: ingloriouseater

      What, Heart & Soul on repeat not appealing?

      1. re: ingloriouseater

        It's not like someone who's a terrible piano player will come and play for 20 minutes. Most of the time people just play a tune for laughs. Every now and then you get the decent piano player who plays a song or two.

        1. re: sepandee

          many are saddened to learn that van cliburn died today ....and to listen to someone really talented would be great but some people think they are brilliant musicians when, in fact, they are not. karoake is much the same idea and how many american idol rejects have we seen that truly believe they are the next big thing and are crushed when told they have no talent. even on open mike nights-many places have people audition helps to prevent disaster. as far as people playing a tune for laughs-it usually only makes themself and their table laugh but annoys everybody else. many people on this board post about loud music-talking over a plunky piano can be impossible.

          1. re: ingloriouseater

            Rarely experienced a too-loud accoustic piano but too-loud guitars and sound systems - all the time.

        2. re: ingloriouseater

          Collective response from listeners does it.

        3. Try Sauce at Danforth and Greenwood. It's modelled after an old-fashioned speak-easy. I'm pretty sure the piano in the corner is open to everyone.

          1. from The Ceili Cottage website:

            "A stand up piano is located just off of the bar and will be available to play anytime you wish"

            1. I seem to recall that Red Room (spadina & college) has a piano. Of course, you'd have to be ok with going to the Red Room.

              1. I don't know of a place where they have a piano sitting where money could be.

                Try Martini Bar at Pantages Hotel where Robert Scott performs Thurs & Fri nights. He's never been shy about sharing the postage stamp sized stage with patrons. The food's only okay, but he's great. I mean really, truly a joy to listen to if you decide to pay attention. The piano, she's no dingy gal.

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                1. re: Googs

                  Googs, the things you know about in this city amaze me. And I don't mean cool scenester twitter things, although I think you know those too. I mean unhip stuff like this. Thanks :)

                  1. re: julesrules

                    Thank you, that's very sweet. Robert Scott is the same pianist who performs every second Saturday at Reposado. Does that make this rec a little from Column A, a little from Column B? Do what pleases you and create your own scene.

                    1. re: Googs

                      Well the piano request wasn't mine but I loved Reposado on my one visit so.. yes?