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Bring Down the House at These 9 San Francisco Karaoke Bars

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Whether you're a regular with pipes of gold and a handful of classics or a newbie singer filled to the brim with cheap beer, there's a karaoke bar out there for you. Check out these 9 karaoke bars, ranging from intimate private rooms to totally public lounges.

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1. Silver Cloud Restaurant & Karaoke Bar

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1994 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 922-1977
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Every Tuesday through Saturday is karaoke night at Silver Cloud, where the show starts promptly and 9 and stars you and your friends and also lots of other drunk people who are there. 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 their patio outside

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2. Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge

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1155 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 421-6730

On an unassuming Chinatown side street lies Bow Bow Lounge, the narrow, red-hued lair of proprietress Mama Candy. Here, enthusiastic karaokers can perform into the night, bolstered by one (or several) of the potent beverages served behind the bar.

3. Encore Karaoke Lounge

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1550 California St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-0442
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A pleasantly dive-y bar, where regulars come to perform their hits every night of the week. For those less inclined to belt out a tune on the small stage, there's also a pool table and plenty of tables for observation.

4. YamaSho

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1161 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 346-2222
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At first glance, this is a typical Japanese restaurant. However, take the elevator to the subterranean karaoke lounge and you'll find a number of disco ball-equipped private rooms, complete with phone ordering systems. Order down some sake bombs and sushi and rock out to an extensive song list. Yes, it’s true: Kanye West and Mark Zuckerberg did do karaoke together here.

5. Festa

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1825A Post St, Ste 210
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-5866
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A decently fancy selection of wines combined with a rather small karaoke space is what sets Festa apart from other lounges. The lychee martinis come highly recommended at this tiny Japantown lounge, where singers can live out Broadway fantasies in front of their signature city lights backdrop.

6. Pandora Karaoke & Bar

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50 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 817-1580
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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 brands of booze, 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.

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7. Martuni's

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4 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 241-0205

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 roun hefty martinis to sing their favorite showtunes. 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 here: Consider it a free show with the price of your stiff drink.

8. Mint Karaoke Lounge

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1942 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 626-4726
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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. Plenty of neon lights, spectacular carpet adorned with an 80's neon geometric pattern and and a good selection of songs keep regulars returning to belt it out, again and again.

9. DJ Purple Dance at Slate Bar

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2925 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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.-1:30 a.m.

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1. Silver Cloud Restaurant & Karaoke Bar

1994 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Every Tuesday through Saturday is karaoke night at Silver Cloud, where the show starts promptly and 9 and stars you and your friends and also lots of other drunk people who are there. 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 their patio outside

1994 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge

1155 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

On an unassuming Chinatown side street lies Bow Bow Lounge, the narrow, red-hued lair of proprietress Mama Candy. Here, enthusiastic karaokers can perform into the night, bolstered by one (or several) of the potent beverages served behind the bar.

1155 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Encore Karaoke Lounge

1550 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109

A pleasantly dive-y bar, where regulars come to perform their hits every night of the week. For those less inclined to belt out a tune on the small stage, there's also a pool table and plenty of tables for observation.

1550 California St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. YamaSho

1161 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109

At first glance, this is a typical Japanese restaurant. However, take the elevator to the subterranean karaoke lounge and you'll find a number of disco ball-equipped private rooms, complete with phone ordering systems. Order down some sake bombs and sushi and rock out to an extensive song list. Yes, it’s true: Kanye West and Mark Zuckerberg did do karaoke together here.

1161 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Festa

1825A Post St, Ste 210, San Francisco, CA 94115

A decently fancy selection of wines combined with a rather small karaoke space is what sets Festa apart from other lounges. The lychee martinis come highly recommended at this tiny Japantown lounge, where singers can live out Broadway fantasies in front of their signature city lights backdrop.

1825A Post St, Ste 210
San Francisco, CA 94115

6. Pandora Karaoke & Bar

50 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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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 brands of booze, 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.

50 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Martuni's

4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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 roun hefty martinis to sing their favorite showtunes. 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 here: Consider it a free show with the price of your stiff drink.

4 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Mint Karaoke Lounge

1942 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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. Plenty of neon lights, spectacular carpet adorned with an 80's neon geometric pattern and and a good selection of songs keep regulars returning to belt it out, again and again.

1942 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. DJ Purple Dance at Slate Bar

2925 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.-1:30 a.m.

2925 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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