Sometimes singing in the shower is simply not enough. When times call for an amiable audience, a good sound system, well-written lyrics and a drink or two, Los Angeles is the place to be. English, Spanish, mellow or upbeat, these local joints allow everyone to sing their little hearts out.
10400 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Price: No Cover
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
In the corner of Sony Studios, The Backstage has been a favorite hangout for more than 70 years. It boasts the best karaoke in L.A., hosted by KJ-Shane on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Drinks and food are very affordable, but it’s the timelessness here that makes Backstage one of the best dives in town.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant
9021 E. Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241
Price: Free on Tues; cover charges daily for events scheduled after 9:30 p.m.
Hours: Mon to Thur – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – 9:30 to 10 p.m.
The Acapulco keeps an active weekly nightlife schedule. Tuesday nights have been reserved for karaoke for quite a while now, so the place has grown a good following. This is a perfect location to sing songs both in English and Spanish. Both affordable drinks and food are offered here. The establishment now offers karaoke daily from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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1835 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Price: No Cover
Hours: Wed to Thur, Sat to Sun – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
This bar in the corner of Boyle and 1st streets surprises newcomers with chairs covered in plastic and walls featuring art inspired by luchador wrestlers, lowriders and classic Mexican movie posters. The karaoke nights follow a theme – one night guests may sing Selena, yet on another evening Juan Gabriel songs dominate. Mariachi karaoke is big here. Enjoy karaoke every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Caffe Brass Monkey
3440 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Price: No Cover
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat to Sun – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
In the heart of Koreatown, the Brass Monkey allows guests to sing their hearts out any day of the week. It boasts an extensive catalog of songs arranged by artist and by title. Sing, watch a game or chow down at an awesome dive with a positive vibe. Bust out the microphone and and get ready to belt out some tunes any night of the week at Caffe Brass Monkey.
Boardwalk 11 Bar and Restaurant
10433 National Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Price: $10 cover or two drink minimum
Hours: Daily – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
With more than 50,000 songs available every night of the week, Boardwalk certainly satisfies anyone’s urging to sing. On Tuesday and Thursday karaoke starts at 6 p.m., and for the first two hours the bar offers drinks at half price. Count on a large selection of food and drink here.
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