Do you long for the days of Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles? Are the musical talents of Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel on the top of your playlist? There is nothing like a swanky piano bar to bring these tunes to life. Whether providing tranquil background music or encouraging everyone onto the dance floor, these piano bars are the best in Baltimore.

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Rusty Scupper
Inner Harbor Marina
402 Key Highway
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 727-3678

What could be more romantic than a night overlooking the Inner Harbor with live piano music? Celebrating 30 years in the business, the Rusty Scupper boasts fresh seafood, impeccable service and one of the best waterfront views of downtown Baltimore. Attend a live jazz brunch on Sundays from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by after work for drinks at the 75 seat bar lounge, or indulge yourself in a delicious lunch or dinner on  the outdoor patio. The space can also be reserved for parties, weddings and office events.

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Howl at the Moon
22 Market Place
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 783-5111

Though much livelier than you would ordinarily imagine a piano bar to be, Howl at the Moon is bursting with energy and good times at the entertaining Power Plant Live. They are not afraid to rock ‘n roll with two dueling pianos every Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 7:45 p.m. Musicians play your favorite tunes from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and audience participation is a must. They will even host your birthday, bachelorette party, or corporate event. You can even book your table online. Just keep in mind, you must be 21 or over to enter.

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Della Notte Ristorante
801 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 837-5500

At the entrance to the Little Italy neighborhood, Della Notte exhibits an up-scale, yet warm atmosphere with complimentary parking, picturesque decor, friendly service and fresh bread from the on-site bakery. Along with live piano entertainment in the lounge bar on select nights from 6 to 10 p.m., there are daily specials from 4 to 7 p.m. including half off all drinks and a $5 appetizer menu. The lunch, dinner and dessert menus incorporate a wide variety of mouth-watering Italian dishes, and selections from the extensive wine list can be purchased for less, as bottles under $200 are half price on Mondays. There’s no need to hop on a plane when you have the best of Italy right here.

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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar
500 8th St. SE
Washington D.C. 20003
(202) 543-5906

The Banana Cafe in neighboring D.C. houses another piano bar where you are guaranteed to have a blast. Colorful decor and a bright atmosphere set the tone for the Latin American cuisine, including Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes. The upstairs piano bar is open every day starting at 4 p.m,. with live entertainment until 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and until 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Whether you prefer margaritas or Coronas, stop in on Mondays for an all-night happy hour, with appetizer and drink specials, and best of all, karaoke on Sundays and Mondays!

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Jay’s on Read
225 West Read St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 225-0188

In Mount Vernon, on a quiet, unassuming street, Jay’s on Read offers a small, yet sophisticated atmosphere with reasonable prices. The relaxing bar filled with fun staff features live piano performances Friday and Saturday nights from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. With daily drink specials, movie nights, karaoke, and holiday celebrations, Jay’s is a favorite for Baltimore locals.

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at