In San Francisco, you don’t need to be a member of a chorus or even work in show biz to perform almost any night of the week. Now that’s not too unique — loads of cities have plenty of karaoke bars. But in the City by the Bay, these 10 karaoke bars are jam-packed with singers every night the microphone is up for grabs. There are also bars with lots of activities to do while you drink, but what if you’re trying to make sure you’re there the next time Zuck and Ye join forces to blast Backstreet Boys? When you’re itching to soak up the limelight, head to any of these 10 bars for your karaoke fix.Read More
Have a Main Character Moment at These 10 Top-Notch Karaoke Bars in San Francisco
There's something for everyone at these classic spots
Silver Cloud Restaurant & Karaoke Bar
Every Tuesday through Saturday is karaoke night at Silver Cloud, where the show starts promptly at 9 and stars you, your friends, and also lots of other drunk people. This bar will scratch your karaoke itch in the Marina and serves food and cocktails to keep you going while you wait for your big moment on the mic. Escape the worst singers on the patio outside
Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge
On an unassuming Chinatown side street lies Bow Bow Lounge, the narrow, red-hued lair of proprietress Mama Candy. Here, enthusiastic karaoke-ers perform into the night, bolstered by one (or several) of the potent beverages served behind the bar.
Kona's Street Market
The first Tuesday of each month cocktail wunderkind Kona Street Market plays host to Brandon & KJ Shaggy, karaoke hosts of the finest order. From 6 to 10 p.m. this free-to-attend sing-a-long show provides a lowkey chance to enjoy a primo drink and loads of chances to sidle up to the mic.
Pandora Karaoke & Bar
This Tenderloin karaoke oasis just upgraded and relocated, but there’s still a public lounge for the exhibitionists, plus private rooms for a more intimate experience. The private rooms, all of which are named for different booze brands, are little islands of inexplicably-themed entertainment. Choose from the Jameson room or the Patron room, depending on how much you want to end up in a fight later.
Each Wednesday night, this Geary Boulevard bar — decked with portraits of Irish heroes such as Bobby Sands and Michael Collins — becomes a karaoke lover’s dream. Neighborhood regulars croon “Tennessee Whiskey” and would-be pop stars take turns on Harry Styles’ tunes. It’s totally free to participate, though a line can form in short order.
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Grand Hot Pot Lounge
For private parties stuffed with songs and scintillating hot pot, there may be no better venue than the Richmond District’s Grand Hot Pot Lounge. There may be no other private karaoke rooms in San Francisco with lazy susans in front of the TV, a sight worth experiencing for oneself. Rent one out to get all-you-can-eat hot pot, all-you-can-drink beer and sake, and plenty of time to belt out any songs you fancy.
Martuni’s is a karaoke bar the way that a lion is a cat: Yes, technically, but it’s a much more majestic creature. On the edge of the Castro, Martuni’s is a deliciously dark piano bar where regulars gather around hefty martinis to sing their favorite show tunes. There’s absolutely no screaming along to pop songs like “Zombie” by the Cranberries here — and “My Funny Valentine” is officially banned. Serious talent comes out to sing: Consider it a free show with the price of your stiff drink.
Mint Karaoke Lounge
Though there are no private rooms at the Mint, there are plenty of cheap drinks (two minimum!) to take the edge off of a public performance. An abundance of neon lights, a spectacular carpet adorned with an 80's neon geometric pattern, and a good selection of songs keep regulars returning to belt it out, again and again.
DJ Purple Dance Karaoke at Slate Bar
DJ Purple Dance is more than a screen and a microphone — it's a full-on performance, accompanied by live sax solos from the man himself. DJ Purple's skills in the booth keep the energy up and the dance floor hot and heavy all night long. He can be found Thursday nights at Slate Bar, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Just off of 19th Avenue lies this stand-and-deliver karaoke experience. K-Time is no frills, that’s for sure, but the price is reasonable — by San Francisco’s standards — for private rooms outside of the city’s downtown usuals.