Taking The Mic: Karaoke Hotspots

It’s the one time when performing on stage drunk in front of friends and strangers is acceptable. It’s the one time when nerves, forgotten lyrics and singing off-key won’t get the crowd booing. It’s karaoke night, and St. Louis is full of venues for belting it out. Here are some of
the best karaoke bars
close to campus.

Boogaloo: It may be the Cuban, Creole or Caribbean cuisine that brings in customers. Or maybe it’s the award-winning cocktails, mojitos and sangria. One thing is for certain, on Thursday nights at Boogaloo, it’s the karaoke. The small space is packed with Webster students pouring their hearts out on stage during “Bob’s Krazy Karaoke” from 10pm until 1am. Boogaloo offers cheap shot and drink specials on karaoke night. The bar also features swings for seats at the bar so customers can swing and drink. Stay by the bar and mingle or go to the karaoke room and dance. Be warned: The DJ is known to throw in some air guitar.

The Crack Fox: If wacky guests, bingo and trivia aren’t enough to get people into this punk-style dive bar, then the karaoke does the trick. Every Tuesday night, The Crack Fox fills up its narrow space in downtown St. Louis for “Karaoke Tuesdays”.” Just one catch — karaoke is strictly punk rock. Head-banging tunes can be sung until 2:30am while throwing back PBR’s from a five-dollar bucket deal.

Double D’s: If one day a week just isn’t enough, Double D’s in Brentwood offers karaoke every night of the week. Pizza, free popcorn and one-dollar Jell-O shots attract both young and old to the mic. Get there early on the weekend to avoid lines out the door, and even earlier to avoid a long wait for karaoke. If driving home is completely out of the question, there’s a bus stop nearby to make sure all karaoke enthusiasts get home safely.

Story by Sierra Hancock

Photo by Lily Voss

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