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BEST Karaoke

2017 BEST Karaoke



Sure, karaoke doesn’t have to take place in a dive bar. But it’s an established fact that the liquid courage provided by a pitcher of PBR produces the best rendition of the Proclaimers megahit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” With… read more»

2015 BEST Karaoke



Karaoke at this Cambridge dive can be a Darwinian proposition—despite Courtside’s rec-room feel, every singer’s out for herself on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. But that’s part of the fun. Lubricated by cheap pitchers of beer and egged on by crowds… read more»

2014 BEST Karaoke



The chance to sing for hours in a disco-ball-outfitted private den with loud, sweaty friends armed with tambourines is reason alone to love DoReMi, but did you know this bastion of Asian-style karaoke offers off-key nightlife in 13 languages? In… read more»

2013 BEST Karaoke



Now that we’ve embraced Korean pop music (e.g., “Gangnam Style”), we might as well also embrace the Korean-style karaoke on offer at DoReMi. There’s no drunk regular hogging the mike all night here. Instead, you share a room with friends,… read more»

2012 BEST Karaoke

The Jeanie Johnston Pub

Jamaica Plain

We like our karaoke with a side of characters, and this J.P. pub packs ’em in on Saturday nights: a James Spader doppelganger crooning the Temptations’ “Get Ready,” a gaggle of girls rapping their way through the early-’90s hip-hop songbook,… read more»

2011 BEST Karaoke

Do Re Mi Karaoke


They haven’t upped their prices a penny since opening 13 years ago. Fees may be retro, but the song library stays current with Lady Gaga and other hit-listers, while the studio’s 19 private suites, which fit up to 30 guests,… read more»

2008 BEST Karaoke

The Courtside


You do a mean AC/DC, and the world deserves to hear it. Even if you must endure a couple’s lovingly howled ‘Summer Nights’ duet before taking the stage, there’s no better platform for your talents than the Courtside: Its expansive… read more»

2007 BEST Karaoke



There are two kinds of karaoke-goers: traditionalists “just in it for the music” and Axl-style mike hogs. Limelight suits both. More than 5,000 songs provide variety, and an always appreciative, largely tipsy audience supplies the right amount of Idol-esque egging… read more»

2006 BEST Karaoke

Charlie’s Kitchen


The contagious only-in-a-karaoke-bar camaraderie at Charlie’s has crooners of all ages forgoing television remotes in favor of their own version of American Idol. During the always entertaining Tuesday night ham-fests, gleefully off-key patrons cover everything from frizzy ’80s power ballads… read more»