Does Wynwood really need a piano bar?
Well, Yvette Naranjo and the Cafeina Wynwood Lounge crew think so. And soon, enthusiasts of ivory tickling can spend one night a week on NW 23rd Street, singing along to Billy Joel's "Piano Man" with a real-life piano man.
"There's no neighborhood bar where everybody interacts and sings," Naranjo says. "I think the people that are coming into the neighborhood would really enjoy sing-alongs and that type of entertainment."
Starting next Thursday (and every Thursday thereafter), Cafeina will transform a back room into Wynwood Piano Bar.
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"There's been quite a lot of changes in order to make it fit the pop-up, from the drinks to the atmosphere," Naranjo explains.
"We've added beautiful wood partitions to make it intimate. Outside, we've installed an awning and a red carpet. Inside, we've obviously added the piano and lighting. We've made it very cozy."
She adds: "It won't be that Cafeina brand you're used to. The garden and gallery will be closed on those nights. It's a different approach."
Cafeina will continue to operate normally on Fridays and Saturdays. But Thursdays, which belonged to the ladies of Aurora Natrix's Ritz Glitz Revue during the lounge's Beats & Burlesque night, will be all about the keys and singing drunken tunes at the Piano Bar.
As Naranjo describes the night: "Dr. Wayne will be playing the piano with everybody signing around the piano. People will pitch in requests. It's interactive."
But don't expect to see any dancers or jazz performers stealing Dr. Wayne's thunder.
"Cafeina has been consistent for five years and we're gonna keep it true to itself," the bar's owner insists. "I want it so that when everybody comes in, they know it's a piano bar."
And though Cafeina will change faces on Thursday nights to bring the neighborhood that nostalgic, sing-along feel, the club isn't going anywhere.
"We're stronger than ever," Naranjo insists. "For now, Wynwood Piano Bar will be a pop-up during spring. If that room works for the piano bar, we'll definitely keep it."
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Wynwood Piano Bar's Opening Night and Reception. With Dr. Wayne. Thursday, February 19. Wynwood Piano Bar, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami. The party starts at 7 p.m. and the sing-along begins at 8. RSVP is required via firstname.lastname@example.org. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-438-0047 or visit wynwoodpianobar.com.
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