Clubs and typical bars are great, but there are some weekends where you just need to sing your heart out. There’s a karaoke bar for everyone, and this list has you covered.
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It is no secret that Los Angeles’s best karaoke bars are in K-town, so the first recommendation has to come from there. Shrine is a hidden gem, literally, as it’s underground and patrons have to walk down glow in the dark steps to reach it. This Egyptian themed bar is filled with different mosaics and decor, and their private rooms have patterned couches to match.
Shrine does offer a Korean food menu and a list of spirits, and it’s open until 4 a.m.! Plan in advance, as Shrine only has 15 rooms and is reservation only.
2999 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, @shrinekaraokela
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Getting closer to the coast, Gas Lite in Santa Monica describes itself as a “straight forward, no-frills bar for drinks, karaoke & popcorn amid old-school decor.” Karaoke is every night, starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The bar closes at 2 a.m. every night. It’s been featured in a variety of media including Elle Magazine and The Los Angeles Times, so people encourage getting there early on the weekends. However, no matter what time you arrive, it is always a good time.
2030 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica @thegaslite
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If you’re an ’80s baby or an ’80s lover, Break Room 86 needs to go to the top of your list. It’s an ’80s themed karaoke bar located in the beautiful Line Hotel. It offers two packages, and the karaoke rooms not only include song equipment, but also retro video game systems with over 100 games pre-programmed into them.
630 S Ardmore Ave, Los Angeles@breakroom86
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Located near UCLA in Sawtelle, Karaoke Bleu is definitely a vibe. Anyone who has ventured to Sawtelle Boulevard on a Friday or Saturday night to fix their noodle craving has heard the noise coming from inside this place. There is a full bar, and the karaoke is free. The Google description is intriguing enough as it states, “Bustling watering hole & karaoke joint for craft cocktails & shots in glitzy environs.”
2064 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles@karaoke_bleu
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Brass Monkey is another KoreaTown Bar known for its high energy and specialty cocktails. It’s a community staple as it opened in 1971, and describes itself as being “a drive bar stage for your karaoke anthems longer than most regulars can remember.” Also great news for your DD for the night, parking is free after 5 p.m. with validation!
3440 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles@brassmonkeykaraoke
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If beer is your drink of choice, Broadway 11 is the place for you. This gastropub is known for its craft beers and good energy. Karaoke is nightly until 2 a.m., and the kitchen serves a variety of American fare food. There’s a variety of song choices aside from pop music, including Broadway tunes and retro songs.
10433 National Blvd. #5, Los Angeles@boardwalk11
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Ending this list with another private room venue is Max’s. Located in downtown and Orange County, Max’s is known for having songs in multiple languages as well as great rates. For an extra fee, patrons are also able to bring in their own snacks. It’s a great place for a casual night out.
333 S Alameda Strt. #216, Los Angeles @maxkaraoke_la_oc
Sing your heart out this weekend (or week depending on when you want to have a night out)! Know that no matter what place you go to, the most important part of karaoke is not worrying about what anyone thinks of your voice. Whether you sound like Ariana Grandé or a dying raccoon, karaoke is a safe space to live out your artist dreams.
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