Karaoke is big in the U.S. as well as in many other countries worldwide. Reason being, it allows people to express themselves through singing. Because if you can’t say it, why not sing it. Right! Apart from the job that singing both on and off key brings to the Billy Joel wannabe, karaoke also offers a number of health benefits as well, but we’ll leave that for another day and another post. This one is going to show you the spots in New York City where you can get the ultimate Karaoke experience without having to pretend to enjoy watered-down martinis.
- Karaoke Duet
This up-scale karaoke spot is the real deal, with sleek décor, an updated song list, and just stellar overall service. Karaoke Duet literally sets the standards when it comes to karaoke bars in New York City. Located in three separate locations across the city, the one close to K-Town is considered the best of the lot. Visit in the evenings and you will find the place full of budding songsters and other cool people who just want to have a good time. The private rooms at Karaoke Duet are swanky and squeaky clean, and the place also has a massive party room which can house around 30 to 35 people at a time, complete with a disco ball and all, making it definitely worth the visit.
- Karaoke Shout
While New Yorkers might consider Manhattan as being the hub for karaoke bars, the truth is that Astoria isn’t too far behind. This karaoke bar features both a general karaoke bar along with private rooms as well. Mondays are free, so you’ll always get your money’s worth at Karaoke Shout, even if you didn’t pay for it (which is always a good deal!). There’s also happy hour which starts at 8p.m. till closing time.
- Planet Rose
This East Village spot boasts of zebra couches and Christmas lights, which means that there is never a dull moment at Planet Rose. For those who are prone to sing off tune, this karaoke bar is more often than not packed with a forgiving crowd, so no one will boo you off stage which is set in the middle of this dive bar.
by Meredith P.
- Gagopa Karaoke
Gagopa Karaoke is another karaoke bar where you can transform your rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “You know I’m no good.” The venue has a bring-your-own-booze policy, so there’s plenty of encouragement before you belt one out (or if you want to forget what just happened!). All you have to do is work up the courage to sing your song in front of a room full of strangers you’ve never met before (or hope to never meet again).
- The Trash Bar
Brooklyn backroom Karaoke at The Trash is the stuff of legend and for good reason. For all the night owls out there, the best part of The Trash bar is that things don’t begin to heat up till after midnight, when the joint really turns loud and wannabe rock stars seem to be coming out the woodwork. But, be warned, Trash bar is where only the brave and the bold can survive while belting out those soul tunes.
Just like everything else in New York City, karaoke bars are plenty and cater to various music tastes. No matter what the age, the mere suggestion of okie stirs excitement and sometimes even pure panic, but to experience it with friends makes a karaoke bar worth the visit when you’re in New York (just make sure you put down a pint or two before you decide to jump on stage and murder Hotel California).