May 11, 2018
The Maxim Pianobar has the laid-back vibe of a piano bar in a place like New Orleans (or at least that’s how we imagine it to feel). While it’s true there are smarter venues in the city, shinier, chicer places, this one has its own low-ley energy, a sense of heart. Inside it’s a deep red boudoir sort of space, draped in velvet. There are thick burgundy curtains and lots of dark wooden furniture and of course there’s a piano, where every day of the week, from 9 pm till late, live music is played. We liked the fact that Maxim’s often has free entrance or if there is a cover charge, it’s minimal. It’s a great, cheap way to enjoy live music in Amsterdam. The line-up is interesting and eclectic. Musicians come here from all over the world, from the UK, the United States, and Australia as well as from Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The place is very popular and is often packed with people but that just adds to the atmosphere. The place is lively and there’s often scope to make requests. The bar is well stocked with beer and wine and there’s a dance floor which fills up as the night wears on and the drinks flow.
Main photo credit: Maxim PianoBar Facebook Page