UPDATED Nov. 2014
Whether you’re on your first date or your fiftieth, Orlando’s piano bars make for a guaranteed fun night out. Fans of these interactive sing-along music shows have four separate dueling-piano venues to choose from in the Orlando area. Here are some places to check out some sassy showmanship this weekend:
Howl at the Moon
Armed with pianos, drums, guitars and even trumpets, the maestros of Howl at the Moon set a rowdy, boisterous scene for the “drink-beer-by-the-buckets” party crowd that packs into the venue each night. Expect an endless arsenal of tunes from Billy Joel to Billy Idol at this feisty “piano bar with attitude” known for its Jell-O shots and college fight song showdowns.
8815 International Drive, Orlando/407.354.5999, www.howlatthemoon.com
An authentic reproduction of the original legendary New Orleans piano bar, Pat O’Brien’s flaunts its bayou heritage with Cajun fare, famous Hurricane cocktails and a brick-walled piano lounge that oozes an “every-day-is-Mardi Gras” vibe. Guests can expect a rock-’n’-roll repertoire with a distinct Dixieland jazz flavor that’s true to Pat’s Bourbon Street roots. Don’t forget to wander outside to the courtyard bar and sip a Fuzzy Leprechaun by the famous flaming fountain.
CityWalk, Universal Orlando/407.224.2100, www.patobriens.com
Named after late ragtime pianist Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, Jellyrolls offers a grown-up piano show with amazing talent behind the ivories. The four players who rotate in twos onto the raised, mirrored stage represent nearly eight decades of collective experience and a combined knowledge of literally thousands of songs. It’s a new and unexpected performance each night, thanks to the request-driven format. And, by the way, requests are best received with a couple of bucks, but the popcorn is free.
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista/407.560.8770, www.jellyrolls.us
You can also catch a dueling piano show at Liam Fitzpatrick’s, an authentic Irish pub located in Lake Mary. Beginning at 9:30pm every Saturday night, Liam Fitzpatrick’s dueling piano show features the talents of two pianists who entertain a packed house until close. Those hankering for a late night dinner will be psyched to discover that Liam’s offers a full menu until 11pm. Beer lovers will love the 32 different beers offered on tap.This venue is non-smoking but there is an outdoor patio. There is no cover for the show and reservations for primo seats are accepted and recommended. Call 407-936-3782. www.liamfitzpatricks.com