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

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Private karaoke rooms at the new Punch Bowl Social in Ballston.
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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. New to the list includes spots like Navy Yard’s hip Japanese/Hawaiian eatery Hatoba, which just launched a new Friday night karaoke party. Another sing-a-long destination will be here this fall at the Wharf, where Live K Karaoke Bar will offer private room and main room karaoke.

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Muzette

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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.

Zeppelin

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In Shaw, stylish sushi spot Zeppelin’s dining room turns into a karaoke bar Thursday through Saturday 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. Table reservations are required for karaoke, and there’s a table minimum.

Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge

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At Union District Oyster Bar near Union Market, karaoke with a live band kicks off from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Wednesday.

Green Lantern

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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.

Recessions

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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 discounted 28-ounce beers offer more reasons to visit.

Sticky Rice

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The hip sushi stalwart on H Street hosts an open mic karaoke party every Thursday, complete with beer and drink specials all night to keep vocal chords well lubricated. Every Thursday night starting at 10:30 p.m. Its Sing Sing private room karaoke will reopen soon.

Open mic karaoke at Sticky Rice.
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LYDIA ON H

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H Street’s lively new destination for Afro-Caribbean cuisine hosts industry karaoke night every Monday, inviting hospitality friends to kick back and belt it out on their night off.

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Wok and Roll Karaoke

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In Chinatown, Wok and Roll offers private room karaoke for groups of all sizes (a mini room seats one to five singers, while the party room maxes out at 40). The menu ranges from sushi rolls to teriyaki chicken and beef with broccoli.

A neon-lit karaoke room at Wok and Roll.
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Hill Country Barbecue Market

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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 select days (check the calendar), there’s karaoke with a live band and $6 tickets.

Galaxy Hut

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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. (For indie music fans who also love karaoke, also check out Karaoke.sexy’s other events at DC9 and Songbyrd.)

The Ugly Mug

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Regular lip sync battles at the upstairs Barracks Row hangout invite singers to take their singing skills to new heights. There’s always karaoke on tap Tuesdays and Fridays, too.

Punch Bowl Social Arlington

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In addition to bowling and foosball, this 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.

Navy Yard’s Hatoba is turning up the tunes every Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight for a new karaoke night. Order tiki drinks and late night eats like a Katsuya chili dog, nori burger, or furikake Chex Mix. Karaoke drink specials include $1 off draft beer, $2 off cocktails, $3 off sake, and $20 buckets of Kirin Light.

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Freddie's Beach Bar

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This retro gay bar in Crystal City brings glam and pizzazz to the local karaoke scene, with karaoke every night of the week (even after other special events). 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.

Da-in Cafe & Norebang

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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.

Rock It Grill

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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.

Muzette

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.

Zeppelin

In Shaw, stylish sushi spot Zeppelin’s dining room turns into a karaoke bar Thursday through Saturday 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. Table reservations are required for karaoke, and there’s a table minimum.

Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge

At Union District Oyster Bar near Union Market, karaoke with a live band kicks off from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Wednesday.

Green Lantern

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.

Recessions

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 discounted 28-ounce beers offer more reasons to visit.

Sticky Rice

Open mic karaoke at Sticky Rice.
Sticky Rice/official photo

The hip sushi stalwart on H Street hosts an open mic karaoke party every Thursday, complete with beer and drink specials all night to keep vocal chords well lubricated. Every Thursday night starting at 10:30 p.m. Its Sing Sing private room karaoke will reopen soon.

Open mic karaoke at Sticky Rice.
Sticky Rice/official photo

LYDIA ON H

The brick-lined facade at Lydia Lydia/official photo

H Street’s lively new destination for Afro-Caribbean cuisine hosts industry karaoke night every Monday, inviting hospitality friends to kick back and belt it out on their night off.

The brick-lined facade at Lydia Lydia/official photo

Wok and Roll Karaoke

A neon-lit karaoke room at Wok and Roll.
Wok and Roll/official photo

In Chinatown, Wok and Roll offers private room karaoke for groups of all sizes (a mini room seats one to five singers, while the party room maxes out at 40). The menu ranges from sushi rolls to teriyaki chicken and beef with broccoli.

A neon-lit karaoke room at Wok and Roll.
Wok and Roll/official photo

Hill Country Barbecue Market

The line for smoked brisket and Czech sausage from Central Texas is upstairs, but downstairs is where the party's at. On select days (check the calendar), there’s karaoke with a live band and $6 tickets.

Galaxy Hut

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. (For indie music fans who also love karaoke, also check out Karaoke.sexy’s other events at DC9 and Songbyrd.)

The Ugly Mug

Regular lip sync battles at the upstairs Barracks Row hangout invite singers to take their singing skills to new heights. There’s always karaoke on tap Tuesdays and Fridays, too.

Punch Bowl Social Arlington

In addition to bowling and foosball, this 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.

Hatoba

Hatoba

Navy Yard’s Hatoba is turning up the tunes every Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight for a new karaoke night. Order tiki drinks and late night eats like a Katsuya chili dog, nori burger, or furikake Chex Mix. Karaoke drink specials include $1 off draft beer, $2 off cocktails, $3 off sake, and $20 buckets of Kirin Light.

Hatoba

Freddie's Beach Bar

This retro gay bar in Crystal City brings glam and pizzazz to the local karaoke scene, with karaoke every night of the week (even after other special events). 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.

Da-in Cafe & Norebang

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

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Rock It Grill

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.

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