Party Earth Review Located just down the street from the SF branch of the United States Mint, The Mint Karaoke Lounge is the sort of venue that proves cheap beer and a karaoke machine are sometimes all anybody needs to have a good time... ... read full review
1942 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
MUNI F Line: Market Street & Guerrero Street
M–F 3pm–2am, Sa–Su 2pm–2am
Hayes Valley, San Francisco –
Located just down the street from the SF branch of the United States Mint, The Mint Karaoke Lounge is the sort of venue that proves cheap beer and a karaoke machine are sometimes all anybody needs to have a good time.
A Hayes Valley institution since the early 90s, the neighborhood haunt is packed with a diverse mix of gay and straight divas and crooners who take to the small corner stage from the minute the doors open till the last cackling ballad of the night.
Running down the middle of the shotgun-styled space, the bar provides refuge for grizzled older regulars who nurse their pints as they mouth the lyrics on the overhanging TVs and page determinedly through the hefty songbooks.
The rest of the joint is given over to simple lounge areas and the corner-set showroom, where the boldest and the drunkest – more than likely lampooned by a snarky “Karaoke Jockey” – perform before a sea of hip couples, Broadway-loving boys, and hollering groups of girls. More TVs broadcast each performance, ensuring everyone gets a close-up view of that next America’s Got Talent star, while a slew of mirrors make it easy for patrons to check each other out.
Like in any karaoke bar, some people take themselves too seriously and some people are seriously sub-par, but its continued success proves that The Mint Karaoke Lounge is a place where public embarrassment isn’t just tolerated, but encouraged.
Boisterous college kids, big-voiced divas, musical theater buffs, young and old couples, large party groups, and classic-rock loyalists, early 20s to 40s+.
Massive songbook of karaoke tunes. Several TVs showcase the performances.
No food, but patrons can order in from Sushi Delight next door. Cash only. ATM on site.
Sushi Delight entrées $8–$15. Beer $3.75–$7, wine $6–$7.25, cocktails $5–$10.
Anything goes: from jeans and flannel-clad college kids to dolled-up chanteuses in feather boas.
After 10pm-ish any night for a big, noisy audience and a steady stream of performers, with the largest groups obviously on Fridays and Saturdays. Monday nights have become somewhat of an unofficial showcase for the real karaoke diehards.
Lucky 13 (2140 Market Street) is a barebones dive with lots of beer on tap and a jukebox blasting vintage punk and rock tunes.