We first learned about piano bars on our honeymoon– our cruise ship had one open nightly. We really fell in love when we took our 2nd cruise and had more days at sea. We’ve always thought that would be a great date- just hitting up a piano bar.
Lucky for us there is one in our area! The Big Bang Piano Bar is located off Mill Avenue in the Downtown Tempe District, and it’s open Tuesday-Saturday until all hours of the night. One of the best parts about visiting is this date is inexpensive or even a free date if you’re a student with an ID. We only had a $6 cover charge to get in, and some nights cover is waived.
If you haven’t heard of a piano bar before here’s the concept: two amazing pianist take the stage and play and sing pretty much any song the audience wants/can think of. They duel it out together, and the audience joins in singing and dancing along to songs. You know how Disney made a killing off their sing-along-songs line? Well this is basically the adult version of sing-along-songs.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll experience:
Even though we don’t drink, I must admit, it’s quite entertaining to come and enjoy watching others get drunk and sing and dance their hearts out. Life without inhibitions can be a really funny thing- I was laughing my head off most the night! And seriously, neither of us could carry a tune if our life depended on it, so we were in good company singing right along. Maybe we should look into getting some inhibitions…we’re 100% sober all the time and seem to still have no shame.
But if we’re being honest, I was really there to hear and sing along with one artist in particular. I have to confess, I love Neil Diamond. If you’re a fan of What About Bob, I hope you’re thinking of THIS scene right now.
My parents owned his greatest hits album growing up, and what started as a joke listening along turned into some pure love. Whenever I’m having a bad day I know I can flip on some Neil and instantly start laughing, singing along, and feeling better. I’m pretty sure that CD is in my car right now. Um, actually as I type this near my garage how can I not go verify this?
*Runs to garage
and wait for it…
So yes, I made everyone wait for this moment, which Jacob couldn’t resist filming. And indeed, my night was complete.
But I didn’t complain when we topped this moment off by leaving the Big Bang, and walking down Mill to get some Slickables. Fresh baked cookies + ice cream= match made in Heaven.