A little over a week ago, I literally made a dream come true - but not in a cheesy way. You see, I had this idea of merging a bar with a real piano and I still can't believe I've made it in flesh. And other people can see it. And touch it, and even get drinks from it - so it's definitely not just in my head! Every person I ever pitched this crazy thought to reacted with a wry half-smile paired with raised eyebrows. They said "oh, sounds fun" but really they didn't want to hurt my feelings by replying "wtf". And they were right - wtf is a Piano Bar? Well, it was a dream at first.
The whole thing actually started with my husband casually saying one Sunday evening "you'd think a piano bar would be a bar and a piano all in one!" And to be fair he says mad things like that all the time - in fact, every second idea that his constantly buzzing and terribly overworked brain produces these days is either a gold mine or an absolutely unrealistic concept. When I say unrealistic, I mean completely and to the very end illogically bonkers (especially on Sunday evenings). But hey, this one was a winner! With a brass "Buzz for Champagne" buzzer, gold keys, vintage rustic eggshell and gold finish this Piano Bar definitely beats trestle tables.
If you think about it, a piano is actually a beautiful piece of furniture, a musical instrument, a tool created to express the artistry of music, but also a creation of art in itself. With iPhones and Bluetooth and portable speakers pianos have become obsolete - they are either a luxury ("ooh, you have a piano?") or a waste of space ("ooh, you have a piano - in your studio apartment?!"), which is quite sad. When you pop a piano open and look inside at all the carefully assembled detail, you just can't help to imagine how someone's skillful hands have put all of this together, key by key, string by string. And pianos - just like old grannies that live next door but who you never really talk to - are surprisingly beautiful and complex on the inside behind a plainer, more ordinary facade of tainted lacquer and aged wood.
On the other hand, nothing goes more hand in hand with the beat of the modern life than bars. Even the word bar is buzzing (at least in my head), so a bar for me is something casual, something relaxed and something that absolutely involves ample, unrestrained amounts of flowing alcoholic beverages.
I then found this beautiful petite French piano - with pretty curved legs and a dainty lid, it was so reminiscent of days when ladies and gentlemen assembled in saloons and exchanged small talk about all the lighthearted stuff, like art, politics and the meaning of life. So I thought, what would a bar want to do with a piano like that? And for me the two beautiful worlds of unrestrained alcohol and impractical musical instruments made sense in one simple way - a Champagne Piano Bar.
And so here it is in flesh! I think it turned out pretty good, especially for the FIRST EVER PIANO BAR IN THE WORLD (duh!) - and what's more, you'd be curious to know that our Champagne Piano Bar is quickly growing a whole family of alcohol-inspired creations.