In the early days of Las Vegas, you were hard pressed to find anything but small smoky lounges with piano players and jazz trios. Today, the city is inundated with enormous nightclubs featuring world famous DJs and exorbitant prices. If you’re looking for something a little more low key, never fear. The city still has a few places where you can chill with a cocktail while listening to some old (and not so old) piano melodies.
The Bootlegger 
7700 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 736-4939

The Bootlegger has been a staple in Las Vegas since 1949. In 2001, the restaurant and bar moved to the far end of the Las Vegas Strip. Along with a large bar area, the property added a lineup of entertainment that included music variety talk show host Dennis Bono. Today the piano bar hosts open mic events as well as a nightly schedule of talented singers and piano players.

Paris Las Vegas
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 946-7000

Located in the Paris Las Vegas, Napoleon’s is a classic European piano bar. The rich decor of gold-lined wood panel walls and the black-and-white checkered floor will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Paris. Napoleon’s has both single and dueling piano entertainment, beginning nightly at 6 p.m. Napoleon’s offers an impressive wine list and a menu of specialty cocktails including the banana split martini. Be advised that there is a two drink minimum.

The Piano Bar at Harrah’s
3475 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 369-5000

The Piano Bar at Harrah’s has something that no other piano bar in Las Vegas (or the world for that matter) has. That special something is identical twin dueling piano players. With just a two drink minimum, you can watch twins Kim and Tamara Pinegar battle it out on the bench while taking requests for your favorite hits. The show begins nightly at 9 p.m., or get there a little early for karaoke from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Don’t Tell Mama
517 Fremont St., Suite A
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 207-0788

Don’t Tell Mama has only been open since last May, but the unique bar is already making an imprint in downtown Las Vegas. Not only does the bar feature talented piano players, but singing bartenders are also part of the show. Guests can request songs or step up to the mic for a karaoke solo with a piano accompaniment. Don’t Tell Mama is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Petrossian Bar
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-7111 

The Petrossian Bar is a luxurious and relaxing hideout in the midst of the Las Vegas Strip. Blink and you might miss it; this opulent piano bar is located of the floor of the Bellagio Casino and is open 24 hours. Petrossian boasts an impressive lineup of pianists, playing nightly on a one-of-a-kind Steinway grand piano. Every afternoon guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea that includes scones, tea sandwiches and imported teas. For tea reservations and a schedule of entertainment, visit

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