Five great Denver piano bars
The Burnsley Hotel. Piano man and crooner Mark Pressey reigns over the baby grand at the swanky, sexy lounge housed in downtown’s boutiquey Burnsley Hotel. With his songbook of more than 5,000 titles, you can’t stump him. Call for schedule. 1000 Grant St.; 303/830-1000.
Charlie Brown’s Bar & Grill. At a weathered Capitol Hill watering hole in the Colburn apartment complex, Paul Lopez, the resident 70-something pianist, plays requests like “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Ol’ Man River.” Tue–Sat. 980 Grant St.; 303/860-1655.
Mel’s Restaurant and Bar. Snatch a stool at the smashing baby-grand-piano bar in this classy Cherry Creek New American restaurant. Hear live music in the lounge, courtesy of jazz guy Dave Ciere and sultry songstress Rehka Ohal. Nightly. 235 Fillmore St.; 303/333-3979.
Ship Tavern. Tucked into a back corner of the tavern in the Brown Palace Hotel, pianist John Kite’s regulars surround his piano to hear classics and show tunes. Wed–Sat. 321 17th St.; 303/297-3111.
Whispers. The moody piano bar, with requisite smoke rings and vinyl booths, showcases Mike Hurley on the keyboards. Wannabe idols pass around the mic and sing along to generation-spanning tunes. Tue–Sat. 1907 S. Havana St.; 303/755-2211.