The Mint Karaoke Lounge

Karaoke Bar / Lounge
The Mint Karaoke Lounge 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. San Francisco United States 37.7702406 -122.4258313
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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

  • Metro:

    MUNI F Line: Market Street & Guerrero Street

  • Phone:

    415-626-4726

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 3pm–2am, Sa–Su 2pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Mint Karaoke Lounge Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

For $5, you can get an audio recording of your magnificent performance – or your drunken, incomprehensible warbling, as the case may be.

  • Crowd

    Boisterous college kids, big-voiced divas, musical theater buffs, young and old couples, large party groups, and classic-rock loyalists, early 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Massive songbook of karaoke tunes. Several TVs showcase the performances.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but patrons can order in from Sushi Delight next door. Cash only. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Sushi Delight entrées $8–$15. Beer $3.75–$7, wine $6–$7.25, cocktails $5–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: from jeans and flannel-clad college kids to dolled-up chanteuses in feather boas.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    Lucky 13 (2140 Market Street) is a barebones dive with lots of beer on tap and a jukebox blasting vintage punk and rock tunes.

The Mint Karaoke Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
Get Your Song On
Candace C. Mar 4, 2013
The Mint Karaoke Lounge is the perfect place to stumble into after dinner any night of the week. Rainbow lamp shades next to neon beer signs decorate the dark wood decor and advertise cheap drinks with an array of beers on tap. A friendly, Hawaiian shirt wearing bar tender serves up tasty cocktails while shaking it to the beat of whoever is performing (or trying to in most cases...) Luminous strings of white light up the stage and provide a crowning degree of fame. Songs are easy access with karaoke books lining the bar and lounge areas. TVs and mirrors encircle the crowd so you catch glamorous views of your fellow karaoke goers from every angle. Whether you are a polished pro or just getting up the nerve to belt it out, The Mint makes it pretty dang convenient to get your song on. Another big plus is the co-ed bathrooms at The Mint are surprisingly clean and comfortable while you are doing your thing. There are many well established, supposedly respectable venues nearby whose johns are just plain scary.
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