158 Ludlow St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.721109 -73.987752
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Brandon here. Local born and raised in Manhattan. Been a customer for over 8+.yrs. Tonight 7/13/13 the Pianos lower bartenders and manager displayed reprehensible behavior. The simple my GF and I didn't get out for the night till 2am. Our second stop at around 2:45ish was Pianos. I offered my GF cash for drinks as I went to the bathroom. She said "no, I got this round". I come back from the bathroom and she is in tears. She had paid for $19 worth of drinks with a $100 and got change for a $50. My GF only had a $100 on her, one which I saw earlier before we went out, the same one she had received from her part-time job earlier that day. Apparently the bartender had short term memory recall issues. While the manager reviewed the situation, the bartender came over and verbally stated "don't worry, the bar has to re-pay you". I thought that was so bizarre, as he was the one who was being dishonest. The manager provided the correct amount of change. However he didn't forget to dig my GF before payout by asking me how long I knew her and stating "I do not believe you" (directed at her paying with a $100). The bar team acted like a group of gangsters. Like we need the bars money. I had $300 cash in my pocket alone. This night manger has some limited social skills. In addition, after the manager walked away and the money situation over, I was finishing our paid for drinks, and the two staff bartenders were clearly speaking disrespectful in my direction. Giving nasty looks. Upon my commentary to their advances they pulled my full paid for (Gin & Tonic) from my hand and poured out over the bar. Got very aggressive with me, and then motioned for security as if I had been a threat. I walked out on my own. Very classy establishment pianos has become. Please help to keep our city patrons safe and secure from establishments with shady business practices and employees. Be aware, and don't fall for sick practices. I'm sure we were not their first, or that bartenders first attempt. All I can assume, is he saw a single pretty girl at a bar, thought she was more drunk given the lateness of the hour, and tried to take advantage and got caught. Pianos has lost a patron for life and I hope more to come after this review. They do not deserve our hard earned money NY! Thank you for reading my review.
Love it – We're neighbors, love this place. Great happy hour specials, sick Saturday night electronic dance party.
A Good Sunday Happy Hour From 2PM - 7PM – My friends and I stopped by on a Sunday. I think the happy hours were from 2PM - 7PM and I was sold when I saw the sign for $4 frozen margaritas! We didn't intend to stay too long, but I'm glad that we did because I got to try the Mediterranean nachos for the happy hour price of $5. I liked that they had chickpeas in addition to the traditional toppings of cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. There were quite a few other $5 happy hour appetizers that I'd go back and try.
dont bring anything valuable here!!!!!!! – i used to frequent pianos but recently had a really bizairre experience.
i was having a great time as usual but it started to get really hot so i took off my shirt (i'm a guy lol). i left it with my bf while i danced with my friends. when i went back to get my stuff i realized my shirt was gone! it turned into a huge fight with my bf because we're both huge tina turner fans and my shirt was a souviener from my very first tina concert. i was devastated and angry and genuinely thought my bf had taken the shirt for himself. we broke up the next day and i went back to pianos because i needed some cheering up but i was shocked to see the bartender wearing my tina shirt! he clearly didnt even wash it either because there was still a stain from the night before. eww! who does that?!
i know this story sounds crazy but i swear on queen tina herself that every word is true. these people are two-faced. the staff will act like your bff one minute then turn around and steal your tina turner shirt. never again will i go back!!!!!
Like fist pumping to bad music? This is your place! – I'd heard good things about Pianos, so I checked it out on my trip to NY. Upstairs, people were fist pumping to MC Hammer, which was followed by a Vanilla Ice song. Later, they played some 80s music, which was alright.
The crowd/staff seemed very strange. Some guys had fake tans and blowouts, and others had tight pants and emo glasses. The girls all looked like they needed a good shower. No one was friendly, either! One guy wearing a Metallica hoodie with plaid pants spilled a drink on my new dress. When I told him he should apologize, he had the audacity to insult my dress and tell me he hopes it leaves a stain! Another girl was dancing/convulsing wildly and knocked me over. Instead of helping me up, she stepped on my arm with her stripper heels. Weird mix of people...
Plus, the whole place reeked of B.O. and feet. Strangest night ever.
Worst bar experience of my LIFE. Staff should be fired! – My unfortunate Pianos experience began with a trip to their grimey ladies' room. Not only was it missing a toilet seat, there was pee and blood all over the floor. I never judge a dive bar by its bathroom so I decided to stay. Little did I know, the off-putting ladies' room would set the tone for the rest of my night at Pianos--appalling... x10.
I signed up for karaoke and a stocky dude with long curly hair (spitting image of Hurley from LOST) tacked my slip of paper onto a bulletin board full of people waiting to sing, which is understandable. Drunk people like to sing. An hour later, I asked "Hurley" how many more people were ahead of me. He was reluctant to let me see the bulletin board and kept pushing me away from his iPod, which he referred to as his "equipment." When I finally caught a glimpse of the board, I realized I hadn't moved. "Hurley" rolled his eyes and said he'd bump me up, so I stayed another hour, spending over $100 at the bar with my cousin. After realizing "Hurley" wasn't sticking to the lineup but letting the same people on stage over and over, I walked back over and tipped him $4. He told to "calm down" because I had less than a half hour left, then called someone else up on stage. Oh, and once again I was standing too close to his "equipment." At that point, I'd had enough. I reached into his tip jar and took back the $4 I had tipped him and walked out.
I soon realized my wallet was gone, which is VERY interesting considering all the reviews about the shady staff at Pianos. I called the bar at 2 am but the manager said he hadn't seen it. The next morning, I saw I'd been sent a Facebook message at 1 am--an hour before I'd called the bar about my wallet--saying they had my wallet, but also had video of me "stealing money" from the karaoke guy's tip jar. I immediately called the bar to retrieve my wallet before my flight that day, but was told that they guy who had sent me the message had possession of my wallet and I'd have to speak with him to get it back. I was forced to reschedule my flight, and I still haven't gotten my wallet back. During an irritating phone call with the guy who messaged me--presumably the owner--I was threatened to have the police called on me if I didn't apologize and hand over $20. I decided to forget about the whole thing and go home. Honestly, I'd rather cancel my credit cards and get a new wallet than deal with pompous hipsters who accuse me of stealing and talk down to me because I'm not part of their little clique.
uhhh – never again.... hm.. N E V E R A G A I N !!!!
If a bar so packed that you can't even move without spilling your drink or worse, having someone spill theirs on you, is your thing.. then by all means, go here.
what is the point of having a door man if he doesn't respect capacity.
uhh.. greasy people rubbing all over you as they walk by... words can not describe.
way to bright inside for a bar..
a thousands times no.
Mix it Up With Hip Hop – This venue has two floors that will definitely bring you a good show.
I went once when there was a hot DJ spinning in the front room with a rock show/viewing party in the back room. DJ Alias was spinning the jams and our group had a great time. The DJ played on our vibes and we danced what seemed like for 3 hours straight.
Make sure you check out the bar because the prices are sooo good for someone on a budget
Good tunes, great crowd, sweet vibe and a amazing time!
Always A Good Time – Always a good spot to stop in grab a bite and a drink. Great choice of music, supporting local and national acts from unknown to well known. The crowd is diverse and funky. The food is delicious and reasonably priced and the bartender isn't afraid to poor a real drink. I've been popping in for 3 years now - always a good time.
Awesome time!! – I LOVE Pianos!! The upstairs dance floor is the best - the DJs always play great dance music, lots of stuff from the 80's. Going there is always a blast. And the bartenders don't skimp on the alcohol, either.
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