Some bars are really classy, and there is a pretty good chance that they would have a piano in a corner that a musician might be playing at certain points but would also often be free for anyone to use so long as they know how to play and aren’t going to end up ruining everyone’s night. If you are some kind of a piano player you might be tempted to go up and play yourself. This is because of the fact that you might have gotten a few drinks in you and these drinks are making you bold, or alternatively you’re thinking about how good you are as a player and you want to show off a little bit so that you can take advantage of the kind of praise and social climbing that skilled musicians have the potential to enjoy.
Selecting what to play at this bar is quite crucial. If you play something too heady or complex then people might not get it and that would spoil the whole situation for you. Instead, try to play something that evokes a sense of nostalgia and requires a fair amount of skill to play but is also easy to listen to and pleasant to a certain extent as well. Audiences at a piano bar Philly are usually quite forgiving so even if you end up playing a wrong note don’t worry since they would know that this is an impromptu performance that really doesn’t have all that much formality to it.
Once you are done playing, you should stand up so that you can enjoy all of the applause that people are sending your way and feel your self confidence grow.