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

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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. 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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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 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.

3. Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge

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501 Morse St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 621-9039
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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.

4. 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.

5. 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 discounted 28-ounce beers offer more reasons to visit.

6. Sticky Rice

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1224 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 397-7655
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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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7. Wok and Roll Karaoke

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604 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 450-4702
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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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8. 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 select days (check the calendar), there’s karaoke with a live band and $6 tickets.

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

10. 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 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.

11. Hatoba

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300 Tingey St SE #170
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 488-4800
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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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12. 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, 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.

13. 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.

14. 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 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.

1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge

501 Morse St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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.

501 Morse St NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. 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

5. 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 discounted 28-ounce beers offer more reasons to visit.

1823 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Sticky Rice

1224 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Open mic karaoke at 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.

1224 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Wok and Roll Karaoke

604 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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.

604 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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

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

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

2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

10. Punch Bowl Social Arlington

4238 Wilson Blvd Ste. 1180, Arlington, VA 22203

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.

4238 Wilson Blvd Ste. 1180
Arlington, VA 22203

11. Hatoba

300 Tingey St SE #170, Washington, DC 20003
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.

300 Tingey St SE #170
Washington, DC 20003

12. 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, 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.

555 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

13. 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

14. 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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