SquareMeal Review of
The Piano Works
Musicians jamming on a central raised stage are the focus at this handsomely converted Victorian printworks, now an exuberant 400-capacity live-music lounge. It’s a sassy basement spot, with the feel of a 1950s Greenwich Village jazz cellar produced by leather upholstery, intimate banquette-lined vaulted booths and on-point barmen shaking out mean Martinis. French 75s, Mai Tais, Singapore Slings and Old Fashioneds are among the retro rinses. Shanghai (peach and jasmine) Iced Tea may be pricey, but as there’s no cover charge and the house musicians are a uniformly high-calibre crew, its £12 price tag can be justified. Wines start at a reasonable £16. Snack on sliders, croquettes, veggie fritters, filled rolls, charcuterie boards or a gut-busting chilli dog slathered in savoury Mexican gubbins. Jot down your request on a paper napkin and the band will oblige. A separate hush bar is handy should you want to escape the hen parties.