Finding good karaoke bars near you or even in the same state is not as easy as one might think. Singing karaoke isn’t always performed in dedicated venues. Some bars add a karaoke night on a quiet evening each week or two to drum up business. Drinking venues that don’t get enough ladies in through the door often see success in that area by including karaoke for a “girl’s night out” even if the regulars disapprove. It’s good for drink sales and even a cover charge at the door at times.
“Karaoke is the best place to celebrate.”
Many venues have occasional karaoke evenings and then shut it down if the people don’t flood through the door. It takes the time to build up a following, and if the bar’s acoustics aren’t right, then semi-professional karaoke singers won’t grace the venue with their presence. Anyone even half serious about it will find underperforming venues unappealing and stay away. As a result, the number of karaoke nights in a given city or town changes almost weekly. This makes it tough for people interested in trying out their singing voice to find reliable sources of information other than pounding the sidewalk to check bars one by one.
With dedicated karaoke bars, these aren’t as plentiful and don’t always last. As such, the pickings are sometimes slimmer than desirable depending on the city and state concerned, and the general popularity of karaoke in the area.
Thankfully, there are a few options online and on your mobile device to make this process a little bit less painful. Here we run through your best ways for finding a karaoke night or karaoke bar in your state:
Chicago: Windy City, Fun Nights
Being a big city, Chicago has plenty of bars that like to indulge in some karaoke nights to keep things interesting. Due to the sheer number of venues and nights where one may drop-in for an evening of karaoke singing, a dedicated website like Chicago Karaoke Night provides easy access to state specific activities in the area.
There is a search facility that allows interested parties to search for a local neighborhood or a specific address, and the day they’re interested in “painting the town red.” The most recent listings are shown on the home page. Listings include the venue name, contact number, address, and a link to a Google map for the location. Bars are also able to submit a listing for their events.
Official Travel Guides
Major cities and many towns that receive a fair amount of revenue from tourism have a dedicated website for this. New events are a popular section on these sites and in the case of the official site for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, there’s is no exception.
Bars and nightlife are searchable by name. Karaoke events, plus live music and other categories may be used to narrow down the search results. The region, including uptown, downtown, and elsewhere can be searched. There is no way presently to use locality like a GPS or an IP address to find local venues. Everyplace added has a listing with their name, address, a Google map link, opening hours, and the types of entertainment available (karaoke one night, live music another night).
Newspaper Local Listings
Many local newspapers have event sections where venues provide listings for their karaoke evenings. Craigslist is another way to narrow down the type of search by state, city, and town to track down new listings published locally.
Find Karaoke Tonight
Find Karaoke Tonight is an independent karaoke listings site where venues pay to list their events. Venue information displays the venue name, address, contact number, rating, suggested showtimes, and a wide-angle Google map (not just a link out to one).
A yelp is an excellent option for finding a local karaoke in your area. It is possible to search for karaoke bars as a category, and the city and state, to narrow down the criteria. Listings are linked here for Joliet IL and Atlanta GA.
Individual listings, like the one for Moon Dogs in Atlanta, provides venue information, a map, accurate opening and closing times, the days when open or closed, a suggested price range, and plenty of reviews. Listings can be sent to your phone with the click of a button. There is also a plethora of standard venue questions answered, like the availability of parking, whether alcohol is served, if the venue has their own Wi-Fi, TV, or pool tables, etc.
Photos from the staff and customers alike are frequently added to listings to share the nights out. There are also the aforementioned customer reviews with star ratings, written comments by customers, and recommendations.
Yelp also has their own app for accessing information quickly while on the move.
Check for relevant hashtags on Twitter to find local karaoke nights that have sprung up unexpectedly or with little fanfare. It’s possible to pick up on groups that are heading out to new karaoke venues and sharing it with a tweet. Less well-known up and coming venues are often discovered this way.
Which is the Best Way to Find Karaoke Bars Near Me?
With local travel guides, the ones that are regularly updated by staff employed by the city tend to be good about staying current with events. They’re of topical interest and provide a good way to update their site with new local information.
Both Craigslist and local newspaper listings also have current listings which are likely to be reliable. It’s possible to view older listings on Craiglist, so be sure to check for how recently the ad was placed.
With Yelp, what you’re getting is a tailor-made, current directory for each city and town across all the states. The combination of excellent categorization to find what you’re looking for quickly, attractive listing layout, venue information including accurate opening and closing days/times, plus photos, reviews and more is a life-saver. The addition of their mobile apps makes it easier to share the venue information with friends who are heading downtown for the meetup. All in all, this makes Yelp the most useful in finding karaoke bars near you.