Any night of the week, there's a lounge nearby offering up the umpteenth rendition of "I Will Survive." However, some venues for karaoke are better than others. Here are several places around San Diego acknowledged as "karaoke palaces." Call locations for karaoke nights and times.
For those who enjoy hanging out in the popular urban North Park neighborhood, you don't need to go far to find karaoke thanks to Redwing Bar and Grill. Order a burger and put your name on the list to sing some karaoke, which starts at 9 p.m. every night. Redwing Bar and Grill also has a trivia night each week.
The Lamplighter is the quintessential karaoke bar: an aged neighborhood haunt in University Heights that comes alive when the karaoke starts. The bar has a large stage in one corner that is elevated a significant amount among the bar patrons, meaning singers are on high-display. If you have dreams of being a world-famous singer, this is the place to act them out. If you make the rounds for karaoke, this is a must stop, attracting a diverse clientele of singers -- or near-singers. It's also a fun night out for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and a unique date night (put on one of those romantic duets and sing together). Karaoke is offered nightly starting at 9 p.m., but you may want to get there early as its singing list fills up fast. And remember cash, as the Lamplighter is a cash-only bar (it has an ATM inside).
The unassuming old-school bar in the car dealer district of Kearny Mesa is a favorite of karaoke lovers, with karaoke offered nightly starting from 9 p.m. In addition to the singing machine, there are pool tables where you can play a cheap game of pool while you wait for your turn to sing.
Dock's Cocktail Lounge
This old-school neighborhood bar in downtown Chula Vista has a reputation for a friendly staff and amiable clientele who love their karaoke. Head here to partake in some karaoke on your Saturday night out, or call to find out other karaoke nights at this establishment.
Another neighborhood bar that time forgot (why is it that the best karaoke is at old-school bars?), Camel's Breath Inn is tucked away in a strip mall in San Diego near Mission Gorge, and is your quintessential "Cheers" joint, with lively karaoke on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights from 9 p.m. to close.
This kitschy Chinese restaurant and lounge on the border of La Mesa have been around seemingly forever, and it attracts a mix of younger and older barflies. Head here if you want your karaoke in a boisterous atmosphere. Call for upcoming karaoke nights and times.