Who the Hell is Pete? Thats a good question. Well, Pete is many things. Pete is the piano players. Pete is the door staff, wait staff, and bartenders. Pete is Austins hardwood floors. Pete is the energy bristling in each of our locations. But most importantly, Pete is you. Yeah, you. At Petes Piano Bar, you are the entertainment. Its your singing, laughing, clapping and dancing that causes an infectious excitement inside everyone each night. This is what keeps you coming back time and again for more celebration. That is Pete.
Petes Dueling Piano Bar is known for singing loud and proud across the great state of Texas. What you may not know is that at its inception in 1992, it wasnt dueling at all. Petes began on Austins historic 6th Street as a one man show, spearheaded by Steve Green going by the name of Petes Peanut Bar & Piano Emporium. The shows popularity helped the bar grow for 6 strong years, at which we decided we needed a duel!
April 4, 1998: The Duel in Austin
Two is better than one, right? Right! Thats when we brought in not one, but three more piano players to perform each night on two side by side, baby grand pianos. It all began with these four pianists: Arch Hooks, Keith Kelly, Mike Squillace, and David Poindexter. This team brought a rock and roll atmosphere to the bar, and zinged the crowds together for nearly a year before other piano players began to enter the rotation.
Although we changed the name at this point to Petes Dueling Piano Bar, and have since said goodbye to the tasty barrels of peanuts, the sweet memory of the scattered shells still remains.
May 2001: Addison, TX
Petes Dueling Piano Bar was becoming so popular in Austin that the obvious thing to do was to share the excitement with some other folks. So we sprouted one up in Addison, TX, a suburb of the lively city of Addison. Since opening, Addison officials have been getting reports of citizens singing loud and proud throughout town.
August 2004: Fort Worth, TX
Thats right, another Pete was born!
July 2009: Houston, TX
Our fourth Texas location opened in grand style!