It takes courage to get in front of a group of people to sing. Most of the time, it’s liquid courage. Whether in a private room, at a dive bar, or with chicken in hand, singing karaoke in front of a group of strangers or friends is no easy feat. Here are the best karaoke bars throughout Los Angeles.
Café Brass Monkey
3440 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
No matter the day of the week, Café Brass Monkey is the place to let loose on stage while the rest of the bar fills in the lyrics you happen to slur. With a laundry list of monkey themed cocktails and a karaoke DJ to hype the crowd, it’s hard not to go bananas to Ace of Base’s “I Saw the Sign.” And since it wouldn’t be Los Angeles without a celebrity cameo, don’t be surprised if that person who sounds really good happens to be Adam Levine.
259 N Pass Ave
Burbank, CA 91505
At Sardo’s in Burbank, watch from one of the plush red leather booths as fellow singers go solo on the mic or tag team a Bon Jovi classic. A full bar and familiar bar bites including hot wings, sliders and nachos add an element of dinner to the show as well. Sardo’s also hosts family karaoke nights every Friday.
Max Karaoke Studio
2130 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
For that time when happy hour cocktails after work lead to summer interns sing-battling their bosses, Max Karaoke Studio is the wise destination. The Sawtelle location boasts $4 and $5 karaoke happy hour specials for private rooms which will have you singing to victory well before dinner time. And if the buzz wears off, you can BYOB (bring your own booze) to keep the party going. With three locations in LA, it’ll be tough to chicken out no matter where you work.
4070 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Located amongst tasty Koreatown restaurants, Soop Sok is the areas answer to karaoke. When the time comes for Korean fried chicken to get over your stage fright, Soop Sok in K-Town will feed your appetite for spicy, sticky chicken wings, NSYNC and Rihanna. A makeshift bar provides the liquid courage and free parking makes it easy for planning a birthday party.
10433 National Blvd #5
Los Angeles, CA 90034
With Jimmy Kimmel giving his karaoke stamp of approval to Boardwalk 11 when he graced the stage with Snoop Dogg and Psy for a comedy bit on his late night TV show, you know this place is legit. But, you don’t have to be a Korean rapper to get down at Boardwalk 11, or even sound good. The seemingly loyal local crowd cheers on the best of the worst singers well into the early mornings every weekend. With $3 drinks during happy hour and a two-drink minimum after 9pm, don’t be surprised if you have a great story to tell the next morning.
Dominic A. Riley can be found around Los Angeles double fisting an iPhone and fork. Follow him on Twitter