TGIF: L.A.'s Best Karaoke Bars To Hit This Weekend

Photo: Courtesy of Break Room 86.
Whether you can hit the high notes like Mariah Carey, spit rap like Jay-Z, or have zero singing skills, a karaoke night is always a good idea. Luckily, there are plenty of tried-and-true haunts in Los Angeles to let loose. While Koreatown is known as the mecca for karaoke enthusiasts, L.A. has some seriously rad spots all over town, from an under-the-radar dive bar with decades of history in Culver City to a brand-new luxe lounge in West Hollywood filled with A-listers.

To help you navigate the singing scene like a pro, we compiled a handy guide with all the best places to get your karaoke fix. If you have the courage — the liquid variety will help — to get up on stage and belt your heart out in front of a crowd, there’s a bar for you. Or if you prefer to unleash your inner Beyoncé in the comfort of a private room, there’s a pitch-perfect spot for you, too. Grab your mic, it’s karaoke time!
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Photo: Courtesy of Break Room 86.
Break Room 86
We bet you’ve never done karaoke like this before. Nestled inside hot spot The Line Hotel, Break Room 86 is an '80s-themed lounge decked out with vintage arcade games, locker-lined walls, boomboxes, and other throwback decor that pays homage to the era. The private rooms feature an iPad-operated karaoke system with dual wireless mics, as well as an Atari game system, a Simon Says handheld game, and a mini-fridge. Even the drinks are cool — think cocktails like the Cherry Chapstick, Purple Rain, and piña colada push-up pops.

Break Room 86, 630 South Ardmore Avenue (near Wilshire Boulevard); 213-368-3056.
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Photo: Courtesy of Star Karaoke.
Star Karaoke
Perfect for a birthday celebration, a bachelorette party, or just a random girls’ night out, Koreatown’s Star Karaoke has private rooms that accommodate up to 50 people. They feature cool retro decor, trippy neon lights, and wireless microphones that let you sing and dance the night away.

Star Karaoke, 601 South Ardmore Avenue Suite 200 (near West Sixth Street); 213-389-9996.
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Photo: Courtesy of Recital Karaoke.
Recital Karaoke
Everyone’s a rock star at Recital Karaoke in K-Town. Formerly known as Bobos, this off-the-beaten-path spot feels a little more refined than your typical Mid-City karaoke joint. The rooms are sleek and decorated with vibrant colors, plus the songbook is up-to-date with Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and the like.

Recital Karaoke, 3500 West Sixth Street Suite 330 (near South Mariposa Avenue); 213-381-6666.
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Photo: Courtesy of Backstage Culver City.
Backstage Culver City
A Culver City staple, this dive bar has been getting its karaoke on for 75 years now. Karaoke nights are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays beginning at 8 p.m.; there’s no cover charge and the drinks are gentle on the wallet. The bar food is better than you'd expect — everything is fresh and made-to-order — and there's a massive song library that includes crowd-pleasing hits by Adele, Tina Turner, TLC, and many more. Did we mention there’s also a photo booth? Cue the Instagram hysteria.

Backstage Culver City, 10400 Culver Boulevard (at Motor Avenue); 310-839-3892.
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Blind Dragon
Opened earlier this year on the Sunset Strip, this Asian-themed karaoke lounge in West Hollywood is where all the cool kids (and celebrities) have been singing karaoke and drinking sake bombs lately. Brought to you by the masterminds behind nightlife staples The Nice Guy and Bootsy Bellows, this upscale option takes the experience to the next level with glam karaoke suites.

Blind Dragon, 9201 West Sunset Boulevard (near Sunset Hills Road); 310-274-7500.
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Photo: Courtesy of Max Karaoke.
Max Karaoke
There’s never a dull moment at Max Karaoke, a trio of studios with an ever-growing music selection to keep things fresh. Expect new singles by everyone from Carrie Underwood to Ed Sheeran to Eminem. And in case you’re feeling adventurous, they also have songs in a variety of different languages, including Spanish, Japanese, French, and Italian. To score the best deal, pop in during the Monday-Thursday happy hour, from 1-8 p.m., and pay only $4 per person, per hour, to book a private room. The best part: They're open till 4 a.m. on weekends.

Max Karaoke;
multiple locations.
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Photo: Courtesy of Palm Tree L.A.
Palm Tree L.A.
If singing in front of a crowd full of strangers isn’t your jam, then add this Koreatown spot to your L.A. bucket list. Whether you just want to hang out with your friends or host a full-on party, Palm Tree L.A.’s 20 private rooms — outfitted with comfy leather sofas — can accommodate parties of four to 70 people (from $20 to $80 an hour). Drop a throwback by the Backstreet Boys, belt out your favorite Whitney Houston ballad, or bring sexy back with Justin Timberlake.

Palm Tree L.A., 3240 Wilshire Boulevard #401 (at South New Hampshire Avenue); 213-381-3388.

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Photo: Courtesy of Karaoke Bleu.
Karaoke Bleu
Go ahead and sing the night away at this karaoke joint in West L.A.’s Little Osaka. Beware: You'll be performing in front of the entire bar (and it gets crowded), so feel free to throw back a boozy libation before playing rock star on stage. However, the haunt's chill, laid-back vibe, killer song selection, and affordable bottle-service menu make up for the jitters you may be feeling. Karaoke starts at 7 p.m. every night.

Karaoke Bleu, 2064 Sawtelle Boulevard (at Mississippi Avenue); 310-477-4794.
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Tokyo Beat
If you’re looking for an under-the-radar spot to hang with your pals, head to Tokyo Beat in Little Tokyo. The food is delish, so we suggest enjoying some ramen while you wait for your turn on the mic. And in case stage fright kicks in, there are private rooms available too, so you can let your hair down and really let loose with your friends.

Tokyo Beat, 319 East Second Street Suite 205 (near South San Pedro Street); 213-625-5708.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Good Nite.
The Good Nite
Karaoke happens every single night at this North Hollywood locale. Opt for a classic tune you swear by, or skim the books to find new-ish hits like Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A” or Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” Bonus: The drinks are cheap, in case you need some liquid courage.

The Good Nite, 10721 Burbank Boulevard (near Denny Avenue); 818-850-3485.
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