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Private karaoke rooms at the new Punch Bowl Social in Ballston
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12 Bars for Singing Karaoke Around D.C.

Belt out Madonna while eating bulgogi

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Private karaoke rooms at the new Punch Bowl Social in Ballston
| Photo: Rey Lopez/Eater DC

D.C. may have a (rather warranted) reputation for being buttoned up, but there are certain places that let everyone loosen up. Take karaoke bars, for instance.

These bars and spots with private crooning rooms offer a change of pace from the usual Friday and Saturday night bar hopping. As an added bonus, these places are full of beer, cocktails, and food ranging from sushi to Texas barbecue. A bowl of bulgogi before "We Didn't Start the Fire" gets going? Why not?

Have another favorite karaoke haunt? Share in the comments.

—Updated by Adele Chapin

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Muzette

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2305 18th St NW
Washington, D.C.

Adams Morgan’s Muzette is known for its private room karaoke, but many amateur performers probably don't know that it's also a Korean restaurant with dishes like bulgogi and bibimbap. The place is closed on Mondays but opens at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.

2. Zeppelin

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1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-1068
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In Shaw, stylish sushi spot Zeppelin’s dining room turns into a karaoke bar every night starting at 10:30 p.m. Turn to servers to order plates of yakitori grilled with Japanese charcoal or to request a turn at the microphone.

3. Green Lantern

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1335 Green Ct NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-4533
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Tucked into an alley near Thomas Circle, gay bar the Green Lantern hosts multiple karaoke nights. There’s Karaoke with Kevin every Sunday at 9:30 p.m., and karaoke on Mondays and Wednesdays at the same time. Don't be surprised to see some shirtless performers step up to the mic.

4. Recessions

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1823 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 296-6686
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Dupont dive bar Recessions hosts karaoke night from Tuesday through Saturday night. Weekday happy hours (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) full of specials like 28-ounce beers or mini crabcakes for $5 offer more reasons to visit.

5. SingSing Karaoke Palace

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1222 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 397-7655
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Make it a night out on H Street by starting out with sushi at Sticky Rice then going next door to the restaurant’s sister karaoke spot. SingSing Karaoke Palace is equipped with two private rooms for groups, and it’s also possible to make orders off the full food and beverage menu from Sticky Rice.

6. Hill Country Barbecue Market

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410 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 556-2050
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The line for smoked brisket and Czech sausage from Central Texas is upstairs, but downstairs is where the party's at. On Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., there’s karaoke with a live band and no cover.

7. Rhodeside Grill

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1836 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-0145
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In Clarendon, Rhodeside Grill can be a good bet for low-key karaoke in the bar's basement on Thursday nights.

8. Galaxy Hut

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2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-8646
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On the first Sunday of each month, people like to pretend they can sing at this go-to bar in Clarendon. With 28 beer taps and ever-changing alcohol selection, there's plenty of libations to give people the courage to belt it out in the mic. There’s also a lot of vegan options on a food menu full of hearty sandwiches.

9. Punch Bowl Social Arlington

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4238 Wilson Blvd Ste. 1180
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 297-7640
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In addition to bowling and foosball, this new three-story Ballston entertainment complex boasts private room karaoke. Order green chorizo fries at rooms for parties of either two to four or five to 10 people.

10. Freddie's Beach Bar

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555 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 685-0555
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This retro gay bar in Crystal City brings glam and pizzazz to the local karaoke scene. Whether it's Donna Summer or Cher (or even "Little Shop of Horrors"), the eclectic crowd isn't shy. And the burger is solid, too.

11. Da-in Cafe & Norebang

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7220 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 663-8260
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Fans of Honey Pig Korean BBQ in Annandale know that Da-in next-door is a great option for private room karaoke.

12. Rock It Grill

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1319 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-2274
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This old-school feeling bar in Old Town Alexandria is all about pool tables and karaoke. Singers hop on stage here every night of the week, with a live DJ to keep things moving.

1. Muzette

2305 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Adams Morgan’s Muzette is known for its private room karaoke, but many amateur performers probably don't know that it's also a Korean restaurant with dishes like bulgogi and bibimbap. The place is closed on Mondays but opens at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.

2305 18th St NW
Washington, D.C.

2. Zeppelin

1544 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

In Shaw, stylish sushi spot Zeppelin’s dining room turns into a karaoke bar every night starting at 10:30 p.m. Turn to servers to order plates of yakitori grilled with Japanese charcoal or to request a turn at the microphone.

1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Green Lantern

1335 Green Ct NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Tucked into an alley near Thomas Circle, gay bar the Green Lantern hosts multiple karaoke nights. There’s Karaoke with Kevin every Sunday at 9:30 p.m., and karaoke on Mondays and Wednesdays at the same time. Don't be surprised to see some shirtless performers step up to the mic.

1335 Green Ct NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

4. Recessions

1823 L St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Dupont dive bar Recessions hosts karaoke night from Tuesday through Saturday night. Weekday happy hours (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) full of specials like 28-ounce beers or mini crabcakes for $5 offer more reasons to visit.

1823 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

5. SingSing Karaoke Palace

1222 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Make it a night out on H Street by starting out with sushi at Sticky Rice then going next door to the restaurant’s sister karaoke spot. SingSing Karaoke Palace is equipped with two private rooms for groups, and it’s also possible to make orders off the full food and beverage menu from Sticky Rice.

1222 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. Hill Country Barbecue Market

410 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

The line for smoked brisket and Czech sausage from Central Texas is upstairs, but downstairs is where the party's at. On Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., there’s karaoke with a live band and no cover.

410 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

7. Rhodeside Grill

1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

In Clarendon, Rhodeside Grill can be a good bet for low-key karaoke in the bar's basement on Thursday nights.

1836 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

8. Galaxy Hut

2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

On the first Sunday of each month, people like to pretend they can sing at this go-to bar in Clarendon. With 28 beer taps and ever-changing alcohol selection, there's plenty of libations to give people the courage to belt it out in the mic. There’s also a lot of vegan options on a food menu full of hearty sandwiches.

2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

9. Punch Bowl Social Arlington

4238 Wilson Blvd Ste. 1180, Arlington, VA 22203

In addition to bowling and foosball, this new three-story Ballston entertainment complex boasts private room karaoke. Order green chorizo fries at rooms for parties of either two to four or five to 10 people.

4238 Wilson Blvd Ste. 1180
Arlington, VA 22203

10. Freddie's Beach Bar

555 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202

This retro gay bar in Crystal City brings glam and pizzazz to the local karaoke scene. Whether it's Donna Summer or Cher (or even "Little Shop of Horrors"), the eclectic crowd isn't shy. And the burger is solid, too.

555 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

11. Da-in Cafe & Norebang

7220 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Fans of Honey Pig Korean BBQ in Annandale know that Da-in next-door is a great option for private room karaoke.

7220 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

12. Rock It Grill

1319 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This old-school feeling bar in Old Town Alexandria is all about pool tables and karaoke. Singers hop on stage here every night of the week, with a live DJ to keep things moving.

1319 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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