Sid Gold’s Request Room is a contemporary take on the classic piano bar created by Paul Devitt and Joe McGinty. Divided into two rooms guests can slide up to the marble topped bar up front surrounded by cocktail memorabilia or grab a stool at the Baldwin piano bar in the back. An evening at SId Gold’s is like going to a house party and the host has a baby grand in his living room. Unlike traditional piano bars the music leans more toward pop, rock, soul and even some punk (yes you can play punk on piano). Guests are encouraged to request songs, take the mic and lead the crowd in a sing-a-long of their favorite tunes.
Paul Devitt is the founding partner of the iconic Beauty Bar which celebrated it’s twenty year anniversary in 2015. Beauty Bar became a small chain around the country with ten outposts at one time. Additionally Devitt created other fondly remembered hot spots including Barmacy and Coral Room in NYC, Star Shoes and Tokio in LA, and Silk City in Philadelphia.
Joe McGinty started the Loser’s Lounge in 1994, live band tribute night performed six weekends a year in various venues over the years in New York, and currently resides at Joe’s Pub. McGinty was also a member of the Psychedelic Furs for five years.