Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly sing karaoke onstage (credit: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

With ever-growing popularity in the states, a night out of karaoke with friends guarantees for an evening of fun. With drinks, favorite songs and group participation, everyone is sure to have a blast. San Francisco offers a number of karaoke lounges ranging from those tucked inside full-service restaurants to more divey joints full of enthusiasm and energy. Here, we have ferreted out five of the best karaoke bars in San Francisco.

YamaSho
1161 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 346-2222
www.yamasho-sf.com

YamaSho is a full-service restaurant and karaoke lounge. Located just a few blocks away from Japantown, YamaSho has 10 different private karaoke lounges to choose from. Lounges can accommodate groups from five to 20 people, and range in price from $45 to $120 an hour. Each lounge has a different city theme, is fully sound-proofed and offers more than 100,000 songs in multiple languages. Come for happy hour where lounge rentals are 30 – 50 percent off.

Pandora Karaoke
177 Eddy St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 359-1888
pandorakaraoke.com

Open Tuesday through Sunday, Pandora Karaoke has both an open-lounge area as well as 15 different themed private rooms which can accommodate groups from 10 to 35 people. The lounge is adjacent to a fully-stocked bar, and offers American-style communal karaoke. Two VIP tables for up to six guests are available within the lounge for the price of bottle service. Private room themes range from popular libations, such as Grey Goose and Blue Moon, to local sports teams like the Giants and 49ers.

The Mint
1942 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 626-4726
www.themint.net

Located on Market, The Mint is one of San Francisco’s longer-standing karaoke joints, having opened in 1993. This hotspot is open 365 days a year, with karaoke tunes cranking out until 2 a.m. every day. The Mint never charges cover, and boasts a full-service bar. The bar and karaoke is open-style seating, and tables can be reserved for large groups or parties. Make sure to hit the ATM before a visit, as The Mint accepts cash only.

Playground
1705 Buchanan St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 929-1471
www.playgroundsf.com

Nestled in Japantown, Playground was designed to be a spot where adults can come to play. Playground is part Korean restaurant, part bar and part Karaoke lounge, with three private rooms for singing. Karaoke rooms can accommodate groups from seven to 20 guests and are a reasonable $30 per hour, with a two hour minimum. The bar boasts a wide selection of liquor, as well as Korean soju.

Encore Karaoke
1550 California St., Suite 2
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-0442
www.facebook.com/Encore-Karaoke-Lounge

Perfect for the anti-private room karaoke crowd, Encore Karaoke is located at the end of an understated staircase that opens into an expansive and lively bar. This busy joint boasts a full bar, enthusiastic crowd and loads of entertainment. Songs are just $1 to sing, and the queue frequently has long waits during peak hours. Encore is the spot to go with a group of friends looking to have a raucous time drinking and singing karaoke.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.


 

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