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NAPOLEON’S PIANO BAR ****** Located at the Paris Casino, Napoleon’s Bar is an establishment featuring the dueling pianos concept. Which basically means that the entertainment consists of two extremely talented individuals, each of them rocking their own piano, taking requests for songs from over-excited patrons and doing their best to amuse the general public with music, charm and wit. So this is the theoretical principle behind it. How does it work in practice? Well, in case of Napoleon’s Bar very, very well indeed! The two entertainers blew us away with the range of their repertoire and the ability to pretty much perform any number the guests decided to bring back from the distant memory lane of obscurity, no matter how bad (yes, with great distress I must admit we were forced to listen to “Sweet Caroline” and a few other party horrors). They advertise as knowing all your favorite Rock and Roll Hits from the last 57 years. And even if they sometimes did not quite remember the lyrics, they sort of invented them as they went, which made the whole experience even funnier. Without a doubt humor belongs to the most important ingredients of this particular show model, so please be prepared for a lot of laughs; some might even be had at your cost! I would definitely not recommend this place for people who get easily offended, as some of the comedy interludes included a running joke about the size of the manhoods attached to two of the patrons (addressed by first names repeatedly and with great relish) randomly picked from the crowd. And let’s just say that the comments were not, ehem, complimentary… But it’s all done in good cheer, certainly not vicious or meaning to hurt anybody. If you want to enjoy the evening to the fullest and go crazy about requesting your favorite songs, please be prepared to fork out some serious cash. The dueling pianos performers play for tips and expect a certain amount of monetary gratification to be attached to the card with your musical choices. From what I’ve seen the average they received was between $10-$20 per number. Also I wouldn’t advise to take the whole thing too seriously and settle down to sentimentally enjoy your song after depositing your request form accompanied by a crisp bill. Because it can easily happen that half- way through your ballad they will receive a much bigger tip and start playing somebody else’s pick after ostentatiously throwing away the piece of paper yours was written on. Like I mentioned before: be prepared to be teased, even slightly insulted, but it’s all in good fun. The décor of the venue reminds of an old-fashioned, classy gentlemen’s club, with upholstered cute little chairs, dim lights, elegant bar and a cigar corner with leather armchairs. Perhaps that’s the kind of interior design that would have been favored in the Napoleonic Era, hence the name of the bar? And then the invited company would enjoy the dueling pianists battling away with an array of preludes, nocturnes, sonatas and other light-hearted tunes of the period? Making delicate jokes about the height (or lack thereof) of their respectable leader, while simultaneously praying that they would not be rewarded for their merry-making skills with a discreet beheading (pardon, guillotining) at the end of the night? But back to the present day. The atmosphere is sultry and intimate; however please do not make the mistake of bringing your date there for a romantic evening. Looks can be deceiving. Once those guys start playing, it certainly gets loud and rowdy. The animated guests add to the noise by laughing and singing along, therefore holding a conversation might present a bit of a challenge.  Another praiseworthy aspect of this outing was the service: our waitress was very nice and funny, even though the place got hectic quickly and she had more than enough to do. My only complaint/observation regarding the staff would be that the management could provide them with some more attractive outfits, the sport jerseys they were wearing just did not fit with the overall ambience of the venue at all. As far as the financial factor goes: they don’t expect you to pay any cover, but from what I understand it’s a 2 drinks minimum requirement to participate in the fun.  Drinks are priced very closely to what you would expect in a bar on the Strip. I would wholeheartedly recommend this venue if you are looking for a place to just party or get silly with your friends, sing your lungs out and laugh out loud at your buddies (and hopefully not you!) being made fun of. We had a great time and are looking forward to going there again soon!
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NAPOLEON’S PIANO BAR ****** Located at the Paris Casino, Napoleon’s Bar is an establishment featuring the dueling pianos concept. Which basically means that the entertainment consists of two extremely talented individuals, each of them rocking their own piano, taking requests for songs from over-excited patrons and doing their best to amuse the general public with music, charm and wit. So this is the theoretical principle behind it. How does it work in practice? Well, in case of Napoleon’s Bar very, very well indeed! The two entertainers blew us away with the range of their repertoire and the ability to pretty much perform any number the guests decided to bring back from the distant memory lane of obscurity, no matter how bad (yes, with great distress I must admit we were forced to listen to “Sweet Caroline” and a few other party horrors). They advertise as knowing all your favorite Rock and Roll Hits from the last 57 years. And even if they sometimes did not quite remember the lyrics, they sort of invented them as they went, which made the whole experience even funnier. Without a doubt humor belongs to the most important ingredients of this particular show model, so please be prepared for a lot of laughs; some might even be had at your cost! I would definitely not recommend this place for people who get easily offended, as some of the comedy interludes included a running joke about the size of the manhoods attached to two of the patrons (addressed by first names repeatedly and with great relish) randomly picked from the crowd. And let’s just say that the comments were not, ehem, complimentary… But it’s all done in good cheer, certainly not vicious or meaning to hurt anybody. If  you want to enjoy the evening to the fullest and go crazy about requesting your favorite songs, please be prepared to fork out some serious cash. The dueling pianos performers play for tips and expect a certain amount of monetary gratification to be attached to the card with your musical choices. From what I’ve seen the average they received was between $10-$20 per number. Also I wouldn’t advise to take the whole thing too seriously and settle down to sentimentally enjoy your song after depositing your request form accompanied by a crisp bill. Because it can easily happen that half-way through your ballad they will receive a much bigger tip and start playing somebody else’s pick after ostentatiously throwing away the piece of paper yours was written on. Like I mentioned before: be prepared to be teased, even slightly insulted, but it’s all in good fun. The décor of the venue reminds of an old-fashioned, classy gentlemen’s club, with upholstered cute little chairs, dim lights, elegant bar and a cigar corner with leather armchairs. Perhaps that’s the kind of interior design that would have been favored in the Napoleonic Era, hence the name of the bar? And then the invited company would enjoy the dueling pianists battling away with an array of preludes, nocturnes, sonatas and other light-hearted tunes of the period? Making delicate jokes about the height (or lack thereof) of their respectable leader, while simultaneously praying that they would not be rewarded for their merry-making skills with a discreet beheading (pardon, guillotining) at the end of the night? But back to the present day. The atmosphere is sultry and intimate; however please do not make the mistake of bringing your date there for a romantic evening. Looks can be deceiving. Once those guys start playing, it certainly gets loud and rowdy. The animated guests add to the noise by laughing and singing along, therefore holding a conversation might present a bit of a challenge.  Another praiseworthy aspect of this outing was the service: our waitress was very nice and funny, even though the place got hectic quickly and she had more than enough to do. My only complaint/observation regarding the staff would be that the management could provide them with some more attractive outfits, the sport jerseys they were wearing just did not fit with the overall ambience of the venue at all. As far as the financial factor goes: they don’t expect you to pay any cover, but from what I understand it’s a 2 drinks minimum requirement to participate in the fun.  Drinks are priced very closely to what you would expect in a bar on the Strip. I would wholeheartedly recommend this venue if you are looking for a place to just party or get silly with your friends, sing your lungs out and laugh out loud at your buddies (and hopefully not you!) being made fun of. We had a great time and are looking forward to going there again soon!
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