Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan at 300 East Michigan Street is a very unique and entertaining bar and grill. The name of the place is the Monaco Bay Piano Bar and Grill. We had a fun time going here for dinner and then partying afterwards!
We heard from one of our friends that this place was really fun and entertaining, so we figured we were in the area so we would check it out. When we found it there was a pretty long line waiting to get in. We thought that was a good sign because then we knew they were popular, so they must be good. The line wasn’t too bad; we only waited about 10 minutes.
When we got inside, the atmosphere was really warm and inviting. The brick walls and yellow walls had different colorful art pictures on them. There were also trees and plants situated throughout the room. Different colors of light like red and blue reflected off of the walls.
The place was really large inside. We first went to the bar to order a drink before dinner. The bar area was really cool! They had a large mirror with their name of it and martini glasses that were hanging upside down in front of it. Then above that they had small arched columns that had levels of display bottles on them. The background was a sky blue color and the small columns were white. It looked really neat.
On one side of the room there was a stage with two pianos on it. At night they have a dueling pianos show. They play all kinds of different songs. You can request whatever you would like them to play. They also put on a comedy act in between songs! They get a little raunchy at times, but it is all funny. They also insult people, but don’t take it to heart; it is part of the show. You will get embarrass a little though if you are the person they are picking on!
They have tables situated everywhere in the room to eat at. They serve some really amazing food! You can enjoy your dinner as the piano players put on a how to entertain you. The nice part is too that you can hear the music, but it isn’t too loud so you can still talk without yelling to one another.
For appetizers they have items like calamari, bruschetta, chicken wings, spinach and artichoke dip, and many others. Their bruschetta is amazing! We ordered that for a starter every time we go. The prices for their appetizer menu goes anywhere from $6-$16.
For lunch they serve a variety of salads, sandwiches and wraps. They serve items like a chicken pesto, a fajita wrap, buffalo chicken salad, a downtowner burger, a fajita salad, and many other great items! The prices for their lunch menu goes anywhere from $6-$10.
For entrees they have some really tasty choices. My favorite is the crab stuffed salmon. It is a 6 ounce salmon fillet with a blue crab stuffing. Then it is served with lemon garlic dill butter. It is the best! They also serve New York strip steaks, sirloins, chicken bruschetta pasta, burritos and so many other mouth watering items! The dinner menu prices range anywhere from $10 or more.
If you like Swordfish, then you need to go here to eat on a Friday night. They serve an out of this world tasting Swordfish Monaco. It is an 8 ounce grilled Swordfish steak topped with feta cheese, black olives, tomatoes, and artichokes. It is so good. Then on Saturday nights they serve a juicy 12 ounce prime rib.
Monaco Bay also serves a great variety of drinks. They have 12 different beers on tap, about 25 different bottled beers and a great wine list. They also have a nice specialty drink menu that includes choices like a chocolate monkey, an evil monkey and June bug. The evil monkey comes in a take home souvenir of a carved pirate monkey. And it tastes really good too!
The restaurant and bar are only open Wednesday through Saturdays from 5 pm-2 am then on Sundays from 7 pm-2 am. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I love that they serve dinner late. That way you can get something to eat right before bar close.
It is a good idea to make reservations. That way you know for sure you have a spot. We waited about an hour to get a table, which isn’t too bad. But if you want to sit down right away a reservation is a good idea.
Overall I really liked the whole vibe of this place! The food was great, the drinks were too, the entertainment was phenomenal, and the dancing and fun lasted till 2 am! I would definitely recommend this place to others for a fun and entertaining night out in Kalamazoo, Michigan.