Before Bach tamed them with The Well-Tempered Clavier, pianos were notoriously ill-tempered instruments that roamed Europe in packs and engaged in brutal duels with any harpsichords, pipe organs, or rival pianofortes they encountered. Today's Groupon gives you a rare opportunity to witness this domesticated instrument in its natural state: for $10, you get $20 worth of classic pub grub and drinks plus free admission ($5 value) to the Jive and Wail Dueling Pianos bars. This Groupon is good for both the Maplewood and St. Peters locations.
Every Thursday through Saturday night, two pro piano players sit down at Jive and Wail's two baby grand pianos and proceed to bang out Top 40 hits from a plethora of eras, including time that has not yet come to pass, though these future-songs cannot be heard by present-day ears. Audience participation is not only encouraged but demanded by the dueling pianists—who are not above threatening their audience with atonal jazz if no song requests are forthcoming. Once you've made your request, the bar's high-tech sound system makes sure you won't miss it while refreshing your tipple at the full-service bar.
The pianos duel all night, so keep your dancing energy up with Jive and Wail's full menu of classic American items such as beer-battered cheese sticks ($4.95 for six), fried Buffalo chicken sandwiches ($8.95), and bacon and blue cheese hamburgers ($8.95). Even after the full menu is off the table (10 p.m. on Thursdays, 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), a series of small, late-night items are available until closing (1:30 a.m.).
St. Louis magazine dug the Jive and Wail's dueling piano atmosphere:
- The good news: The food is worth the wait…The worst part of The Jive & Wail? You won’t want to leave, and not just because an exit strategy is required to get out. As the evening wanes, you’ll say, “We’ll leave after this song,” followed by, “OK, but I love this song!” – Julie Lay, St. Louis