You can go to a bar and listen to music, or you can make your own at one of these karaoke hot spots. Some even offer specials for singers. So warm up those pipes, and start contemplating your favorite sing-able song. You’ll want to have something in mind when you open the gigantic volumes of song options! — Allie Moore
2032 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
True to Japanese tradition, Café Japone serves sushi, Sapporo and sake, but it also dishes out a chance to be a star with karaoke. After a few glasses of Sapporo, browse through the book of songs and warm up your vocal chords. The restaurant is extremely small, making for an intimate performance and a perfect first-sing for karaoke newbies. If you’re nervous, pick a well-known song that the crowd can sing with you, and you’ll soon have new friends and new popularity as your own rock star. Hours: Monday through Thursday, Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Solly’s U Street Tavern
1942 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
On the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, Solly’s on U Street hosts Kostume Karaoke. Singers can bring their own costumes or borrow one from Solly’s stock. If there happens to be a fifth Wednesday in a month, Solly’s holds Kostume Karaoke and donates 10 percent of bar sales to a local charity. Hours: Downstairs bar open daily at 4 p.m. and closes at last call.
1823 L Street NW, No. 1
Washington, DC 20036
Recessions is a hidden gem among some of the flashy bars and clubs located downtown. Bring your singing chops on Friday night between 9 and midnight and perform in front of the lingering after-work crowd. Enjoy the tall mugs of beer and standard bar fare before or after your performance of one of the thousands of song options. Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Only open for special events on Sunday.
Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
1104 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
The H Street Northeast corridor is never a dull destination, and Little Miss Whiskey’s confirms this. Every first and third Wednesday is Kostume Karaoke, similar to the event held at Solly’s U Street Tavern. Bring your own costume or borrow from the stash at LMW. Little Miss Whiskey even hosts karaoke competitions and offers mobile karaoke shows that can travel to wherever the party goes! Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.