Supper clubs and piano bars used to be a big deal -- like, 30 years ago.
Nowadays, however, they're few and far between; most bars merely throw on a Pandora station and call it a day.
Like everything else, restaurant and bar concepts come in waves, and it seems like the piano bar or jazz bar trend is on the upswing with places like Jazziz Nightlife in Boca Raton.
Now PGA National Resort & Spa is jumping on that bandstand, err, wagon. This weekend, the resort is opening the iClub Piano Bar for guests and local residents.
Located in the main lobby of the hotel, the iClub Piano Bar will open its doors for the first time Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
The bar, which will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights, will feature pianists and vocalists performing classical and contemporary jazz. Enclosed by glass walls, the intimate space comfortably accommodates 40 to 50 guests; cocktails, tapas, and desserts will be available to guests of the bar.
After the recent $100 million propertywide renovations, the Piano Bar follows the resort's other high-end concepts: Ironwood Steak & Seafood, the signature Wine Spectator-awarded restaurant, and iBar.
"With the addition of iClub Piano Bar, we're thrilled to offer guests a total entertainment experience for their evening out," says Joel Paige, vice president and managing director of PGA National Resort & Spa. "They can start with a hand-crafted cocktail at iBar, followed by an amazing dinner at Ironwood Steak & Seafood. Then, iClub Piano Bar provides the perfect nightcap with desserts, drinks, and live entertainment. We know area residents, in addition to resort guests and members, are going to love the feel of classic sophistication and decadence."
The opening kicks off Saturday with PartiGras, a Mardi Gras-themed event featuring MarchFourth, an instrumental musical and performance group from Portland, Oregon, inspired by the big festival itself -- think Mardi Gras meets Cirque du Soleil. The performance includes stilt walkers, Hula-Hoopers, and acrobats. The evening includes a progressive Cajun-inspired dinner throughout the resort grounds with vocalists and musicians performing along the way.
A portion of event proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.
"We're looking to fill the niche of quality live entertainment for locals and visitors in Palm Beach Gardens," Paige says. "Given PGA National's track record for hosting topnotch events, including the Honda Classic and hundreds of extravagant weddings, we felt that we could re-create the total experience of a classic piano bar that would be really appealing and transportive for local residents and guests."
Tickets cost $95 in advance, $120 at the door; room packages are available.
The PGA National Resort & Spa is located at 400 Avenue of the Champions in Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-627-2000, or visit pgaresort.com.
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