We all know I fell in love recently with piano bars. There’s something a little magical about them. Something which adds a essence of sophistication to the fun. Even when they’re playing a rendition of Bieber’s Love Yourself, and your tipsy self is singing along to your hearts content. Oh it’s so fun.
After my evening at Studio 88, I’ve been looking for more live music spots. Then last week, Nicola (East London Girl) invited me along to Norris’ Cafe Bar in Piccadilly, with a group of other london bloggers and foodies for an evening of music, drinks and nibbles….
Norris’ Cafe Bar is a swanky little spot 5 mins from Piccadilly station. It’s outer wall is glass, and the interior is filled with regal colours and metallics. At the one end of the bar there are two gorgeous grand pianos. One of which is for the live pianist, whilst the second has keys which move by themselves so you can look like you’re playing too. A great little photo opp.
The live pianist when we visited was Reeday music. To put it plainly, he was amazing! He played a mix of songs from today’s hits to classics, and did requests too! He even managed to combine and do his own rendition of Metallica crossed with Bieber. His version of “All I want for Christmas” was impressive – we couldn’t resist. Honestly, so much talent it’s crazy. His voice was SO good too.
It’s all about the drinks too of course.
In particular, the cocktails. There’s a relatively small but varied cocktail list and all the ones we tried amongst us seemed to go down very well. The Espresso Martini was super smooth and absolutely delicious – a fantastic one if I do say so myself.
The Bloody Delicious (Tanqueray Rangpur, Blood Orange Solerno Liquor, Fresh/Maraschino Cherries or Liquor, Elderflower Tonic) was more on the refreshing side. It was fruity, with a slight fizz and really tasty!
The food menu changed recently, and features a small selection of antipasti, pizzas, sides and a couple of other mains too, including mac and cheese, a burger and a salad. I’d recommend sharing a few…
The pizzas were pretty good. The Dolce Latte, Fig & Pancetta was my fave – I loved fig on a pizza!
The Polpette were really good too. The pork & ricotta meatballs were so tender and flavoursome. Served in a red wine & tomato sauce, the meatballs came with ciabatta for dipping. My favourite way to mop up excess sauce!
The Arancini were also yummy. Fried risotto cakes filled with Fontina cheese, they were beautifully crisp on the outside, and mildly cheesy in the middle. These were served with a fab tomato and basil sauce too.
We had such a fab night of cocktails, plates and music. A lovely way to see in the festive season with an amazing group of girls. Norris’ would make a fantastic spot for a girls evening, date night or special occasion. I’m definitely returning as soon as I can! I’ll be making any excuse for an evening out!
- Price: Cocktails start at £9, antipasti at £6, mains at £8.50 and pizzas at £9.50, which is pretty good for such a fab spot in the West End.
- Drinks: The cocktails were fab. Norris’ does a fantastic Espresso Martini!
- Atmosphere: sophisticated, classy yet fun. Great date night spot, or for a special occasion – or just a Friday evening with the girls.
- Service: Super friendly and helpful!
Have you been to a piano bar before? What’s your go-to request?
*I was invited along to a blogger event by East London Girl. All views my own.