There’s sing-your-heart-out karaoke that makes you break out into goose bumps and there’s goose bump-causing karaoke of the other kind. If you prefer karaoke with some talent, then check out these DC area karaoke bars.
Solly’s U St. Tavern
1942 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Hours: Daily – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Come down to Solly’s and see the costumes at Kostume Karaoke. Kostume Karaoke provides, you guessed it, wigs, clothing and other props to help you channel your inner Tina Turner, Elvis Presley or Courtney Love. Kostume Karaoke is featured at Solly’s U St. Tavern on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Come before the show begins and enjoy happy hour drink specials, traditional bar fare as well as non-traditional bar foods like a New Zealand meat pie.
410 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Hours: Daily – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
At Hill Country in downtown DC, you’ll feel like a real rock star while you rock out with a real karaoke band. Come down every Wednesday night for karaoke starting at 8:30 p.m. The HariKaraoke Band features two guitarists, a drummer, keyboard, bass and vocalist to help supplement your singing capabilities. The group also provides a gong, where an honorary bar patron can save the crowd from bleeding eardrums with one swift hit. Hill Country is the premier spot in DC for Texas-style barbecue and country music. The restaurant and bar also features live musical performances from local and national touring artists as well as other events.
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2305 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Price: Room prices range from $25 to $80 an hour
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Fri to Sat – 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.
If the thought of singing (or listening) to dozens of bar patrons freaks you out, then reserve a room at Muzette, a Korean restaurant that also features a karaoke studio. Choose from more than 70,000 English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese songs. While you’re singing, munch on Korean-inspired appetizers, salads, soups and more. Enjoy happy hour specials Monday through Friday, including half off glasses of wine and noodles and beer for $10. Room sizes hold up to 15 people. Rates are determined by the size of room.
Nick’s Night Club
642 S. Pickett St.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Price: Fri and Sat – $5 – $7
Hours: Tue to Friday – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat to Sun – 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
If you prefer Dolly Parton over Demi Lovato, then head over to Nick’s Night Club where country music is king. At Nick’s you can enjoy karaoke on Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Other happening events at the club include live country music performances, DJs, country line, swing, salsa, hustle and cha-cha dance lesson nights and more. Enjoy food and drink specials Tuesday through Friday, including all-you-can-eat ribs and wings.
2446 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri to Sat – 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy seasonal-appropriate menus, a rotating beer and wine menu and fish tanks galore at the appropriately named the Reef. Every Tuesday night restaurant and bar patrons enjoy karaoke night as well as drink specials, such as $5 Stoli Vodka and Jameson. The restaurant and bar also features a covered and heated rooftop patio, movie and trivia nights, daily food and drink specials and even happy hour specials for the kiddos. All menu items at the Reef feature local, organic and free-range produce and meats.
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