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San Francisco’s Best Karaoke Bars

May 13, 2013 9:21 AM

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Hooked on a Feelin’? Born in the USA? Got the Right Stuff? Well then you need a cocktail and a microphone. San Francisco definitely has her fair share of hidden, divey, off-the-beaten-path karaoke bars. We’ve consulted the songbooks to bring you the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) Karaoke Bars and Nightclubs in San Francisco. Crowds of tourists have taken over The Silver Cloud and The Mint. These five spots are where you’ll actually get a chance to belt Paradise City.

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Pandora Karaoke & Bar

177 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 359-1888
www.pandorakaraoke.com

Sleek and modern, Pandora is brand new to the karaoke mix and blowing away the competition. This is your classy karaoke experience, with leather banquettes, themed private rooms and some serious mixologists behind the bar. Perfect for parties, corporate bonding and bachelorettes, Pandora boasts over 100,000 songs with touch screen technology. It’s like karaoke of the future, today!

Jack’s Club

2545 24th Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 641-5371
jacksclubsf.com

This fun Potrero Hill dive bar is packed Thursday night with an enthusiastic, supportive crowd. Everyone sings along to the classics, gets into the groove and rocks the house. The party starts on the late side (think 9 or 10) but arrive early to try some of Tasty’s Creole Cajun Kitchen. Then kick back with some strong, cheap drinks to loosen your pipes and inspire your sultry vocal stylings. Jack’s also features live jazz on Fridays and the inevitable Taco Tuesdays.

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Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge

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

It’s gonna get weird at this North Beach bar. proprietor “Mama Candy” will take excellent care of you in one of Comedy.com’s 20 Worst Bars in America. Which is reason enough to try this bar, but the regulars belting Chinese ballads and the nightly popularity of “Dust in the Wind” make this experience, well…an experience.

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Playground

1705 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 929-1471
www.playgroundsf.com

What could be better than tons of traditional Korean food delivered right to your private Karaoke room by a special phone connected to the kitchen? Oh yeah, the phone’s connected to the bar as well. This hidden gem is a secret hit with locals, who love to complain about the “casual” atmosphere while coming back time after time to rap (yes, they have rap) in the upstairs karaoke lounge.

YamaSho

1161 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 346-2222
yamasho-sf.com

Sushi is served until 1:45am, which should give you plenty of time to master Jay-Z and Rhiannon. But the real star here is the hostess, a former lounge singer from Japan who will gladly join you in your private karaoke room for an impromptu performance. Lots of specials and deals to be had here, to check the website when planning your evening.

Oh karaoke, I Will Always Love You!

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