The Ten Best Places for Karaoke in Dallas

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We here at DC9 fully recommend the restorative power of live music. A good concert can wipe away the doldrums and the frustration and make you feel like a part of something bigger. But sometimes you need the kind of catharsis that only comes from being on the other side of the mic. It is for those times that we offer our suggestions for the 10 best places to do karaoke in Dallas.


Family Karaoke

This Korean karaoke bar is a Dallas staple. Their song selection is extensive (the song book is arguably too big) and it's always clean. But the best part is its posh private rooms. You know what that means? No long wait times behind lingering, overserved airheads, unless, of course, you brought them with you. Careful, this place really fills up as the night grows old, and parking is limited, so reserve your spot early. Waiting three hours for a room as you down slightly overpriced drinks is definitely one way not to have a good time here. Oh, and don't try sneaking in alcohol, they will kick your ass out. But do drink and then record yourself slurring something from the Filipino song section. Vine is really lacking in that arena.

Selling points: Private rooms. Open every day of the week

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Deb Doing Dallas

The Goat

During the week The Goat is one of the best blues bars in town, but on Sunday things get weird, and then Karaoke happens. Just ask Deb Doing Dallas. The crowd is refreshingly diverse, friendly, and they take their karaoke seriously. Sure, there are your typical drunken stumblebums and rowdy groups of women, but on the whole these people can actually sing. If you don't have the stomach to karaoke in public, don't fret, you will still have fun -- the drinks are cheap and the drinks are strong. Employee Carmen is the ringleader on Sunday nights, and given the right circumstances (be courteous and tip well), she will give you a night to remember.

Selling points: Live band. Cheap, strong drinks.

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Daniel Hopkins

Too Fresh Productions presents Karaoke at The Crown and Harp

On every second Thursday of the month The Crown and Harp turns into an all hip-hop karaoke bar. Ever gotten the stink eye for picking an especially raunchy Ol' Dirty Bastard track? Believe me, that won't be a problem here. In fact, you can tweet the guys at Too Fresh any rap/hip-hop track before the night of the event, and they'll make sure your selection ends up in the rotation -- pretty sweet, right? Take in the crowd, take in the drinks and twist those syllables till either your tongue or your liver craps out on you.

Selling points: Customizable song list. $3 local drafts all night.

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j_angel180
j_angel180

I have a friend that did Karaoke at The Crown and Harp some friends video him. Seemed like they had a blast I didn't know my friend could sing.

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dkv_tx
dkv_tx

Another good hole in the wall with karaoke is One Nostalgia Place on Abrams.

markmelton
markmelton

Nice list.  As a karaoke afficianado, I'd concur with most of your choices, but I think you left off the best Karaoke spot in town - Dalat on Fitzhugh.  Tuesday and Thursday nights this Vietnamese restaurant turns into a karaoke bar (as a bonus, the kitchen stays open til 2am and they have by far the best Pho in town).  The drinks are cheap and the crowd is awesome (and never too big). Dru, the KJ and last year's winner of the voice of pride, is the best in the business.  Come out with me some night and tell me I'm wrong :-)  I may even buy! 

Paconfused
Paconfused

Live band Punk Rock Karaoke for the win. Three Links to boot. Chityeah I'm bringing an army. Do they have a website?

RickyB
RickyB

San Francisco Rose is fine for the first hour, but once people start showing up the DJ really starts to fall apart. He sings half the songs himself, plays at least one or two full music videos inbetween singers, puts his friends to the top of the list constantly and unless you're a friend of his expect to pay 20 (he openly asks for it) to keep a spot on the list. Bad Karaoke DJ etiquette. I've gone a few times and it was the same experience everytime. Won't be going back.

apebot
apebot

@Paconfused - Punk Rock Karaoke DFW on le facebook. we don't know when we are doing it again, but we are doing it again. Watch the page and get on stage!

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