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Last modified on September 21st, 2018 at 2:31 pm
Local cuisine might be our forte, but we love to support local bars and restaurants by bringing groups of friends to sing karaoke.
With an abundance of menus and food reviews to choose from online, finding a quality restaurant is simple. Choosing a karaoke bar, however, is not.
Finding a local karaoke song list online or searching for opening hours is a challenge — especially if you’ve decided to go on a whim.
We have come to the rescue and listed karaoke spots below, in order of the day of week — and frequency — in which they host karaoke.
If you’re a karaoke-holic, you’ll be a regular here. They’re open every day of the year, even Thanksgiving and Christmas. Karaoke starts at 8 p.m. and they close late. Not only do they have a song book with over 10,000 songs available, they’ll even take requests for songs they don’t have. Their bar food is standard fried fare, but their drinks are cheap.
The occasional geriatric but flawless performance of Bad Romance by Lady Gaga is not to be missed.
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Shooter’s was primarily known for their Sunday karaoke, but they’ve expanded. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Even though Shooter’s is western-themed, you’ll still hear your fair share of Spice Girls and Sir Mix-A-Lot with a rowdy and energetic crowd.
The kitchen closes daily at 10 p.m., so sit down with a mesquite-grilled steak or rib-tip basket for a late evening dinner before you get the crowd going to Little Red Corvette.
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For underground karaoke on Tuesdays around 9 p.m., visit the Tough Luck Club tucked away in the basement under Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink.
You can keep it simple at Tough Luck Club with the $4 special, which is a can of Coors and shot of whiskey.
If you’re feeling wild, you can roll the giant dice to determine which shot you’ll take. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of the bartenders singing while shaking or stirring your cocktail.
Keep up with Tough Luck Club on Facebook.
Wednesdays after 9 p.m., sing onstage at the Surly Wench. It’s also a great place for the latest eats on Fourth Avenue because the kitchen is open until 2 a.m.
Make sure to try their Hangover Tots, topped with Swiss cheese, house poblano sauce, and a fried egg. Their Bloody Mary is also killer.
For more information, visit surlywenchpub.com.
Not for the faint-hearted, Gong Karaoke starts Thursday nights at 10 p.m. Why so rough? The crowd isn’t afraid to boo — if enough people boo, the gong will get banged and your performance will abruptly end.
This has two benefits, however.
As a spectator, you won’t be subjected to repetitive or painful performances. As a singer, if you complete your song without getting gonged, you get a dollar off your next drink.
With their wide beer draft selection, you won’t have a problem choosing a cold one.
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For another karaoke option near campus, visit the Royal Sun Restaurant & Lounge at the Best Western Royal Sun Inn & Suites starting at 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
The Arizona Daily Wildcat named it one of the best places for karaoke. While a hotel restaurant and lounge isn’t a place you’d expect shenanigans, there’s room to dance if you’re feeling rowdy. The bartenders occasionally join in the fun and perform rock ballads.
For more information, visit bwroyalsun.com.
To catch karaoke before sunset, IBT’s has you covered. While Monday karaoke hours are 9 p.m. to close, Friday and Saturday are 5-8:30 p.m. and Sundays are 4 p.m. to close. Happy hour is every day, conveniently until 8 p.m.
Though they have standard bar fare such as burgers and wings, carne asada fries are more appealing after you’ve had a few drinks. The kitchen is open 4-11 p.m., Wednesdays through Sunday.
If you stay late past karaoke, you’ll occasionally catch one of their drag shows.
For more information, visit IBT’s.
For eastside karaoke, Friday and Saturday nights, swing by Jeff’s Pub. Karaoke hours are 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
If you’re hungry, get one of the burgers with meat ground by Dickman’s Meat and Deli. It’s also one of the few places in town that offers steak fingers, but be aware that the kitchen closes at midnight.
Three pool tables are also available in case you need a break from singing or listening.
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Bonus karaoke tip: if you don’t want to be hated, don’t make the bartenders listen to Don’t Stop Believin’ or Santeria for hundredth time.
Where are your favorite karaoke spots? Let us know in the comments.