Karaoke is about as ubiquitous as, well, there are bars. Maybe that's because any night of the week, there's a lounge nearby offering up the umpteenth rendition of "I Will Survive." And to single out the top places in San Diego to sing karaoke is a subjective task, at best, and I'm bound to tick off some karaoke rat. But there are several places around town acknowledged as "karaoke palaces" and I'll try and point out some of them here. Call locations for karaoke nights and times.
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This karaoke bar is unique in that you can rent rooms to sing in with just your friends, making it great for parties of any kind. While hanging out in your personal karaoke room that has a large screen TV and fun lighting, you can order drinks and get some food from the snack bar. You can even bring in your own food making it a more economical option for parties. The karaoke list is extensive and is offered in multiple languages.
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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).
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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.
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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.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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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.
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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.
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Wong's Golden Palace Dragon Lounge
This kitschy Chinese restaurant and lounge on the border of La Mesa has been around seemingly forever, and it attracts a mix of younger and older barflys. Head here if you want your karaoke in a boisterous atmosphere. Call for upcoming karaoke nights and times.