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“The perfect bar for a great evening”

Montparnasse - The Piano Bar
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Having read some of the recent reviews, I felt that I should at last submit my own review. I have been to Mykonos 20 times over the last 30 years, and have visited the Piano bar on almost every trip. The bar is in a charming old building in the Little Venice area of the town and has great sea views at the back together with lovely art work and mirrors.
Jody and Nikos are great hosts and with their friendly staff always make visitors welcome, whether you stay in the bar area where you quickly meet old and new friends or in the cabaret area. The bar has a largely gay clientele but is very straight friendly. There is a great range of cocktails and prices are similar to other Mykonos bars but with the added cabaret are good value.
Cabaret is normally from 10.30pm - 2am and the bar stays open for an hour after that. The much loved performers such as Phyllis Pastore, Kathy "Babe" Robinson, with David Dyer on the piano are always of very high quality. I find it annoying and rude when the singing and music is drowned out by chatter and noisiness and sometimes the singer or Jody and Nikos have to remind people of this! If others find this offensive then there are many other bars in town for having a noisy night out with your pals. The music is largely songs from the shows but with some modern tearjerkers, together with sing a longs to get the audience going.
If you enjoy a good piano/cabaret bar with great hosts and a friendly atmosphere you will love it here.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic view over little Venice. Cute bar, romantic atmosphere. Cocktails are great & the Irish barman was super friendly. Definitely go here!

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Montparnasse, commonly referred to as "the Piano Bar" is a Mykonos institution, and rightly so. It's a unique experience, partly due to it's setting overlooking the crystal clear waters of Little Venice and the windmills, but more importantly because of the nightly cabaret provided by the entertaining Kathy and Phyllis.

It's not a particularly comfortable venue, but it's intimate, fun and a great place to kill an hour before heading out to dinner or to bridge the gap between dinner and a night on the tiles.

So, why the bad rating? The Piano Bar *is* an institution but it's increasingly suffering from poor cocktails and even worse customer service. On our recent visit last week, we were seated quickly enough and ordered a pina colada and an espresso martini.

The pina was ok, but by the time it arrived at our table it had already separated into juice at the bottom and slush on top. The espresso martini, however, arrived with no foam on top and with a cinnamon stick in the glass (why a cinnamon stick?). Ok, different bars make it different ways – however when we both tried the martini, we overwhelmingly agreed that it was disgusting. It tasted like Marmite and was gritty as though there were coffee grounds in it or they had made it with instant coffee!

I sent the drink back to the bar and suggested that the bartender taste test it to see what had gone wrong. When the waiter returned he let me know that the bartender said that it was fine and that it was "just how he made them" and that he was happy to make a different drink but that we'd still have to pay for the martini (in a rude tone).

I didn't want to make a fuss so I decided to pay for the round and leave, but at an overpriced €11-12 per drink, this is not acceptable.

We have since spoke with other regular travellers to Mykonos and the Piano Bar, that had similar experiences of bad, overpriced cocktails and being treated rudely by staff.

We've been going to Mykonos for over a decade and despite our experience I'd still recommend the Piano Bar to visitors, but at the same time I would caution them to stick to beer, wine or mixed drinks – avoid the cocktails! Further, I'd urge the management to look at their customer service and consider making some changes to restore the bar back to its former glory rather than just milking tourists with overpriced, sub-standard drinks.

For ourselves, we won't be going back any time soon as it just ruins the memory of the good times we've had there.

3  Thank trixink
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Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

The bar is "ok" but....

The decor is shabby and not nice

The drinks vary, done times good, some times weak - but they're expensive! Much better cocktails to be had at Lola's.

The act - same singer every night who has a good voice granted but it's very repetitive each and every night. Try introducing variety and someone who does more than "diva" songs (not too well) or songs from the shows....

It's very smokey too - you stink like an ashtray when you leave!

2  Thank Pgdunnjones
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Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

We found the waiters friendly enough. They like to take you to available seats and at busy times you will be sharing tables with fellow customers. The same singer was on every night, and although very good, this became repetitive. The cocktails varied in quality from one night to the other

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