Karaoke has grown in a popularity, becoming a fun and affordable activity for a night out on the town. Bars host karaoke nights and restaurants have private rooms where you can host your own private sing-along. Karaoke is also a great way to make new friends and get over your fear of public speaking. Whether you’re trying it out for the first time or prepping for stardom, D.C. has a variety of local spots where you can karaoke every night of the week.
Muzette Karaoke
2305 18th Str. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 758-2971

Muzette is where the serious karaoke players go in D.C. This Korean restaurant and karaoke bar has five private rooms than can be rented out by the hour. The rooms each hold between four and 15 people and offer more than 70,000 songs in English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. Hourly rental rates range between $25 and $80 and hour. On weekends, all guests must be 21 and over. Reservations are encouraged and are available online.

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Rock It Grill
1319 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-2274

Located in Alexandria, Rock It Grill offers karaoke every night of the week from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. This neighborhood bar has a large beer selection and 10 HDTVs for those in your party not interested in taking the stage. Rock It Grill also has a full menu with a combination of Mexican and American favorites. Stop in early for happy hour daily from 3 to 7 p.m., or choose from Rock It Grill’s list of daily specials.

1823 L St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-6686

Recessions is a bar that plays off its name, offering deals on food, drinks and fun. Every Thursday and Friday night from 8 p.m. to close, Recessions pulls out all the stops with free, unlimited karaoke. Come by early before karaoke and enjoy happy hour specials from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Nosh on $5 appetizers and a brew from the list of under $4 beers. Recessions also has pool tables, darts and arcade games to entertain the masses.

Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 S. 23rd St.
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 685-0555

Freddie’s is a Crystal City bar and restaurant that always has something going on. From drag queen bingo to champagne brunch, you’ll never be short of amusement. At Freddie’s, karaoke is offered five times a week, including Thursday and Friday nights. Get there early, put your name on list and sample the restaurant’s rolling list of food specials, served up daily from 4 to 8 p.m.. Karaoke runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Check the event calendar to verify days.

Solly’s U Street Tavern
1942 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-6590

Solly’s U Street Tavern is one of the homes to DC’s traveling Kostume Karaoke night. The popular traveling troupe encourages dress up and usually turns into a giant sing-along. Every Thursday night you can come as you are in costume. Guests can also pick through the Kostume Karaoke wardrobe trunk. Karaoke starts at 8 p.m., right after happy hour. Come early for $3.50 domestics and $5.50 specials from Jim Beam and Svedka.

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