2006 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.952017 -75.173864
Neighborhoods: Center City West, Center City
Spend your time and money elsewhere because this place is not equipped to handle reservations or groups of any size. The drinks are watered down and the atmosphere is cramped and dirty.
Bachelorette parties flock to this place for a fun night or singing and dancing so I made a reservation to include open bar for our group for 2 hours, a round of shots, a table near the pianos, bachelorette decorations on the table and a roast where the guest of honor would be called up onto stage for a little fun. We arrived on a Saturday night right on time for our 10:00pm reservation and the hostess was completely caught off guard, as if she wasn't expecting our group. She happily collected our money and fastened colored bracelets to our wrists and tried to send us on our merry way. When I inquired about our table, she looked at me as if I had three eyes and scurried off to improvise. And improvise, she did. She seated us at two dirty tabled that she quickly pulled together with no decorations in sight. When I inquired, she grabbed the manager who informed me that our decorations were left out and as a result, were ruined. He then offered to give me a few bucks back. When I began to express my dissatisfaction, he hastily offered a free bottle of cheap champagne for the table. In effort to keep the night positive, I took the money and accepted the bottle of champagne.
By 11:55pm, we had not received our round of shots and our guest of honor had not yet been brought onto stage for her roast. Once again, I had to seek out the hostess about both and she ran up on stage to inform the pianist. At that point, everyone in the bar was hammered and our group was losing interest in the cheesy show-tune performances and it was clear that her roast was an after-thought.
My advice to bridal parties trying to plan a fun, hassle free night out with the girls: Don't waste your time or money at Jolly's. The entertainment is mediocre at best, the drinks are severely watered down and the sticky tables/floors will ruin those carefully selected heels.
I had never been to a dueling piano bar but it is a really fun atmosphere and a great place to grab drinks. Check it out!
Citysearch Editorial Review – Good old Jolly Weldon is back. Two years after closing Jolly’s Piano Joint, the bar owner every well-kept Philadelphian over 50 seems to know and love reemerged with his latest rendition of a piano bar, just around the corner. This rollicking, New Orleans-style piano joint places two baby grands on an elevated center stage that faces a line of plush U-shaped booths that encourage sinking into and ordering specialty cocktails all night from a seated position, unless, of course, you wish to partake in piano karaoke or some spontaneous getting jiggy with it. For those unable to score a booth, there’s always the option of two trim bars in the front and back of the room, one of which comes equipped with regular happy hour specials, a host of divorcees who may or may not get physical with their personal trainers, and TVs to watch in the hours before 8pm, when the pianos get going.
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