Braving the Stage at the Best Karaoke Spots Around the World

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	Pandora Karaoke & Bar

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Oct 23, 2012 —  With inspiration from singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice, karaoke has taken the world by storm with millions of wannabes trying to sing like Mariah or belt like Bon Jovi. All over the planet, karaoke hotspots keep sprouting up, inviting crowds to swallow some liquid courage before attempting the latest hits on stage while bursting the eardrums of friends and family along the way. Whether you want to glam out like Lady Gaga or trash as hard as Henry Rollins, karaoke bars around the world give you the chance for a few sweet seconds of fame.

The global karaoke craze can be spotted everywhere from Parisian lounges where impeccable crooners offer sultry renditions of Edith Piaf, to LA’s Koreatown where swarms of Psy impersonators stumble through the lyrics of “Gangnam Style”. The shy can try their hand at singing in front of a small group of friends in the privacy of an exclusive karaoke booth, but for the daring, traditional karaoke bars offer the chance to brave the stage and soak in the spotlight without a shred of shame.

So if you’re looking to channel Sinatra’s vocal chops or to unleash your inner pop star, there’s sure to be a karaoke spot with the right crowd and strong enough drinks to help you remember the lyrics to your favorite songs. But with so many options to choose from, we’ve helped narrow it down to our favorite karaoke stages around the world.

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    Cocorico

    Bar / Mexican Restaurant

    Cocorico - Bar | Mexican Restaurant in Rome.
    Rome

    Via dei Latini, 74
    00185 Rome

    06 444 0448

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    Caffé Brass Monkey

    Karaoke Bar

    Caffé Brass Monkey - Karaoke Bar in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    3440 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90005

    213‑381‑7047

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    The Old Queen's Head

    Bar / Gastropub / Live Music Venue

    The Old Queen's Head - Bar | Gastropub | Live Music Venue in London.
    London

    44 Essex Road
    Islington, London N1 8LN

    020 7354 9993

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    Pandora Karaoke & Bar

    Asian Restaurant / Karaoke Bar / Lounge / Restaurant

    Pandora Karaoke & Bar - Asian Restaurant | Karaoke Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    177 Eddy Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    415‑359‑1888

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    Cantada II

    Bar

    Cantada II - Bar in Paris.
    Paris

    13 Rue Moret
    Paris 75011

    01 48 05 96 89

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    Blue Frog's Local 22

    Karaoke Bar / Sports Bar

    Blue Frog's Local 22 - Karaoke Bar | Sports Bar in Chicago.
    Chicago

    22 East Hubbard Street
    Chicago, IL 60611

    312‑527‑1200

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    Bar Campus

    Bar / Karaoke Bar

    Bar Campus - Bar | Karaoke Bar in Madrid.
    Madrid

    Paseo de Juan XXIII, 22
    28040 Madrid

    91 535 32 70

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    Planet Rose

    Karaoke Bar / Lounge

    Planet Rose - Karaoke Bar | Lounge in New York.
    New York

    219 Avenue A
    New York, NY 10009

    212‑353‑9500

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    L'Escalier Pub

    Karaoke Bar / Lounge / Pool Hall / Pub

    L'Escalier Pub - Karaoke Bar | Lounge | Pool Hall | Pub in French Riviera.
    French Riviera

    10 Rue Raoul Bosio
    06300 Nice

    04 93 92 64 39

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    The Brass Monkey

    Bar / Karaoke Bar / Restaurant

    The Brass Monkey - Bar | Karaoke Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    2317 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    202‑265‑6665

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What are your favorite karaoke spots?

Sam A. Oct 26, 2012
I have a terrible voice and would generally prefer to do other things so I just can't get behind the karaoke excitement.
Paul F. Oct 24, 2012
Many, many lethal nights at Brass Monkey in LA. Palm Tree in Koreatown is also really fun if you have a big group and a large liquor budget.
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