Channel your inner rock star and get singing. What better way to spend your night than with your friends, belting some of your favorite songs from both past and present? Here’s a list of the best karaoke bars in the Bay Area that will keep you entertained all night long.
The Cat Club
1190 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours: Tues to Sun – 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
It’s Karaoke Night every Tuesday at The Cat Club with two rooms and more than 14,000 songs to choose from. Grab a mic and swing from go-go cages in the front room featuring KOR Karaoke. The back is reserved for Goth and Industrial music as you take a crack at the Cure and Rammstein. Lyrics appear on the screen in Goth font. How’s that for going the extra mile?
Encore Karaoke Lounge
1550 California St 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109
Hours: Daily – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Encore Karaoke Lounge is the sort of place where you can let loose and proudly belt out your favorite tunes. Songbooks are thorough samplings of Abba, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Green Day and Cher to name a few. Grab the brass ring and sign up for a piece of the spotlight.
Music Tunnel KTV
3288 Pierce St Suite A-128
Richmond, CA 94804
Price: $8 and up per person/4 hours; Room rates start at $20/hour; Click here for specials
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fri – 3 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sat – 2 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sun – 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Karaoke connoisseurs flock to Music Tunnel KTV, serving the East Bay for more than decade, with its touchscreen database featuring English, Cantonese and Mandarin hits booming out of digital surround stereo speakers. Rooms are clean, spacious and can accommodate parties up to 25. If you’re looking to build up a little liquid courage, you’ll have to go the non-alcoholic route via milk tea, smoothies or soft drinks as no liquor is served on the premises, but outside food is allowed.
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Silver Clouds Restaurant and Karaoke Bar
1994 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Hours: Mon – 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tues to Sun – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
You never know who’s going to turn up at this Marina magnet. Barry Zito and Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants along with Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman have all got their rock on at Silver Clouds. The stage is small and comfortable, inviting to pros and karaoke virgins alike. Go ahead and wet that whistle songbird, the bar is fully stocked and taps 22 beers. The adjoining restaurant offers tasty selections from both lunch and dinner menus.
Festa Wine and Karaoke Lounge
1825A Post St Suite 210
Kinokuniya Building 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Price: Free Mon to Thurs – 7:30 p.m to 9 p.m., other times $2 per song
Hours: Mon to Thurs, Sun – 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fri and Sat – 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Strange, wonderful and entertaining things happen at Festa when you place a microphone into the punishing hands of amateurs. Sip on signature Lychee Martini’s or Saketini’s in this intimate karaoke lounge located in the heart of Japantown. A well-mixed crowd to go with a well-mixed songbook. Choose from 80,000 songs in English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Chinese.
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Robyn Chelsea-Seifert is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Creem, Hit Parader, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and International Musician. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.