Party Earth Review Possibly the wildest karaoke bar in LA, Caffé Brass Monkey is a magnet for rambunctious spotlight hoggers who love to get wasted and belt out 80s power ballads. Packed with scruffy artsy types and yuppies, this dimly-lit... ... read full review
3440 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Purple Line: Wilshire/Normandie
M–F 11am–2am, Sa–Su 4pm–2am
Koreatown, Los Angeles –
Possibly the wildest karaoke bar in LA, Caffé Brass Monkey is a magnet for rambunctious spotlight hoggers who love to get wasted and belt out 80s power ballads.
Packed with scruffy artsy types and yuppies, this dimly-lit den with its low slanted ceiling, which evokes a cozy ski lodge atmosphere, features a layout that ensures all eyes will be on the makeshift dance floor and stage in the back.
Groups of work colleagues and birthday parties crowd in early to prime themselves for the coming late-night frenzy with cheeky drinks like the Horny Monkey Martini, and to take up their posts in the big leather chairs or at the scattered tables.
In the lull before the karaoke storm, the t-shirt-and-jean-clad patrons might notice the celebrity photos or Family Guy paraphernalia tacked along the wood-paneled walls, but once the tipsy singing starts, the only things distinctly visible are the lyrics on the TVs and the neon beer signs.
After two or three collective rounds, the place inevitably turns into a drunken, flirty mess, where even the most buttoned-down middle-management types find time between swigs and tired pick-up lines to loosen their ties and bumble through “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Anyone venturing a night at Caffé Brass Monkey will want to bring a camera along – otherwise, the hours of screaming into a mic, dancing on stage with strangers, and flirting with anything that moves will be nothing more than a fuzzy memory.
After-work young professionals, struggling creative types, birthday groups, and blue-collar locals, 20s and 30s.
Karaoke begins at 9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, 7pm on Thursdays, and 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays. TVs for song lyrics.
Bar food including appetizers and burgers. Two-drink minimum during karaoke.
Appetizers $6–$8.50, burgers $6.50+, entrées $8–$12. Beer $5–$6, mixed drinks and cocktails $6–$12.
T-shirts and jeans for both guys and girls.
Friday and Saturday nights around 9:30 or 10pm for karaoke.
Palmtree LA (3240 Wilshire Boulevard) provides private rooms for karaoke singing with friends.