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New Dueling Piano Bar to Replace Bar Louie

Susan Post Susan Post New Dueling Piano Bar to Replace Bar LouieHowl at the Moon will take over the former home of Bar Louie in the Arena District - Photo by Susan Post
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There are some shake-ups in the world of dueling piano bars in Columbus.

First, Howl at the Moon is making its Columbus comeback at 504 Park St. in the Arena District. The Chicago-headquartered dueling piano bar previously had a location in the Brewery District, which closed in the early 2000s.

Howl at the Moon will take over the former home of Bar Louie. The Texas-based bar and gastropub abruptly closed several locations pre-pandemic in early 2020 after filing for bankruptcy, sparing the Arena District and Polaris locations at the time. Both have since closed, leaving no Bar Louie locations in Central Ohio and only three across the state – one in Toledo and two in the Cleveland area.

Howl at the Moon will offer live music to the tune of dueling pianos featuring hit songs and crowd requests. The space will also be built to accommodate parties and events. Revelers will find a lineup of cocktails, beer, shots and buckets featuring 86 oz of sharable booze.

While Howl at the Moon makes its way to the neighborhood, the district’s other piano bar has departed. After temporarily closing at the onset of the pandemic, The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar has headed north, situating itself in the University District. It will reopen in the former home of Chumley’s, 1516 N. High St., this September.

Howl at the Moon is also aiming for a fall 2021 opening.

For more information, visit howlatthemoon.com and thebigbangbar.com.

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