6429 Selma Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Parking: Metered Street Parking, Adjacent Pay-Lots
Drink Deals: $3 Bottle of the Day, $4 Beers, Wines by the Glass, and Well Drinks
Food Deals: No Food
What’s a neighborhood without a friendly neighborhood piano dive bar?! Lucky for them, the citizens of the Cahuenga Corridor in Hollywood don’t need to find out – they’ve got Piano Bar to drink their troubles away while listening to a piano honky tonk the blues!
The Cahuenga Corridor can be a little hit and miss – the bars themselves, some of which aren’t able to stay open for long, and the clientele, which can run from hipster to hood pretty quickly. We do like some of the spots – think Velvet Margarita, Blue Boar, Saint Felix, and Kitchen 24, and now we have a cool piano dive just west of Cahuenga on Selma Ave (this sounds like SNL’s The Californians – my Mom’s new favorite LA spoof!).
Sing us a song, you're the piano man! (if you can see him in the back corner)
Simply named, Piano Bar is just that – a bar with a piano. It’s low-key, dark, has a nice patio, and a piano and small stage, leaving room for a small band, in the back of the room. It’s cool because there’s no cover charge or dress code – just a nice place to hang out and grab a $3-4 drink during Happy Hour. And if you stay later than Happy Hour, you’ll often find a cool band playing (it looks like the savior of the Blues himself, Gary Clark Jr., popped in to play in late October!!).
The Scooby Gang!
For this visit, Kitty Packard, pal KG, and I decided to meet up before a concert at the Fonda. Kitty had her standard Scotch and I went for a $4 Blue Moon draft. I’d be lying if I said the beer wasn’t a little room temperature, but it was drinkable. I think the bartender may have known as I don’t think he actually charged me for it (paid anyways – good karma!). For my 2nd drink, I went rogue from the Happy Hour menu – another patron had ordered a Bloody Mary and the seasonings smelled so good, I had to have one too! It was $10, but very delicious.
My biggest beef is the lack of food items; the bar is just a bar – not a restaurant. However, given the proximity of at least 20 adjacent eateries, you can always get a bite before or after your stop at Piano Bar – make it a Happy Hour Tour!
Rating: 4 Martinis