Keep calm, karaoke on: 5 BARTable karaoke spots

Whether your crooning sounds like a croak or like it belongs in a choir, karaoke will help you let loose and unravel the confines of your public performance comfort zones. It’ll also ignite an 80s revival. So what if singing soaring chart-toppers à la Whitney doesn’t come easily when the mic hits your hand?

Fear not, you’ll have that bouncing ball moving above lyrics guiding you on the screen, blaring recordings to cover the auditory blemishes, and the rest of the crowd on hand to serve as backup singers. Seriously, karaoke may be one of the best bonding experiences you can have with new and old friends alike. And you don’t have to hit the right note to make this brand of group fun invigorating – there is no wrong way to karaoke.

Do your thing at any of these favorite BARTable karaoke joints. “Eye of the Tiger,” anyone? Rise up to the challenge and take your favorite song out of the shower and onto the stage.

Pandora Karaoke

First off, there’s a Hello Kitty room purring with pink. 

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Pandora Karaoke

Powell St. (SF)
Mel-O-Dee Cocktails

Long live Mel-O-Dee, which has been around since the ‘60s.

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Mel-O-Dee Cocktails

El Cerrito Plaza
Nick’s Lounge

This dive bar is steps from Ashby Station and forgoes any attempt to serve up swanky and inventive cocktails but goes all out when it comes to karaoke seven nights a week. 

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Nick’s Lounge

Ashby (Berkeley)
Jaguar Karaoke Oakland

This is where red-walled private rooms give you space to perform without the eyes of strangers bearing down on you. 

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Jaguar Karaoke Oakland

MacArthur (Oakland)
Slate

OK, this one boasts popular Thursdays right off 16th St. Mission Station, so its DJ Purple Dance Karaoke Night is big enough to get a spot on the list.

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Slate

16th St. Mission (SF)

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