Karaoke Night: 5 of the Best Karaoke Bars in NYC

There are very few things more fun than singing along to your all-time favorite songs with a bunch of close friends.

In fact, even if you end up hopping around these 5 karaoke bars in New York City with a bunch of acquaintances you just met, chances are you’ll still end up having just as much fun.

Just make sure you take something to soothe that sore throat before hitting the sack. You’ll thank us in the morning.

1. Insa

Located on 328 Douglas Street in Brooklyn NY, 인사or Insa is Korean for ‘greeting.’ Not only will you be greeted with the best of karaoke, you will also have the opportunity to take that with a side of delicious Korean food.

Belt out to your heart’s satisfaction (and however much your lungs allow) while enjoying some Korean food platters to share for the table. You can choose from a range of Korean stews and soups, BBQ, or the traditional rice and noodles – whatever you’re in the mood for.

Alternatively, in addition to bottled and draft beer, we suggest you try one of the many tasty cocktails that Insa offers with all their glorious names. Feeling like a ‘Fearless Captain’? Or perhaps it’s beginning to feel more of an ‘I’m sorry Kate’ kinda night? You decide.

Whatever you eat or drink, you’re sure to have a splendid time enjoying the Korean karaoke bar which is one of the best NYC has to offer.

2. Gagopa

Another one of our favorites offering both a karaoke bar and the best of Korean BBQ is Gagopa. With a list of over 20,000 English and 10,000 Spanish songs, Gagopa also offer songs in many other languages including Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

Located in the enclave of Koreatown amidst the skyscrapers of Midtown New York, reserve your fun-gang a room on one of the two private-room floors that they offer. Enter a world of strobe lights and entertaining posters which will make you feel right at home while screaming out catchy songs at the top of your lungs.

You can choose to BYOB or order some wine or traditional Sake available at Gagopa brought to you by servers who can’t be taken by surprise anymore. Be prepared for a late night out since they’re open until 4 in the morning, and don’t expect things to be particularly polite towards the end.


3. Upstairs Bar

Reviewed as ‘one of the best hidden gems in NYC’, this karaoke bar on 59 Canal Street is a hoot amongst all who visit.

Quite literally located ‘up’ a flight of ‘stairs’ in Chinatown, Upstairs is one the best karaoke bars, especially for those budget-friendly nights. Unlike lots of other karaoke bars, you don’t have to pay for a private room here.

Mingle with the crowd, and share some tasty, affordable drinks which are still strong enough to do the trick, if not stronger. One thing’s for sure, you won’t be complaining about your drinks being too light at the Upstairs Karaoke Bar.

Let yourself loose to the good sing-along songs and fun vibes, but don’t forget to say hello to the ladies running this joint if you haven’t already spotted them before the night’s end.

Best karaoke bars in New York City

4. Maru Karaoke Lounge

Located on 11 W 32nd Street NY, this karaoke bar is a sophisticated Karaoke Lounge by evening, and a lavish New York City nightlife experience by night.

Spread across two floors, the bar hosts remarkable interior with impressive visuals which add to the excitement that Maru Karaoke Lounge has to offer.

Allowing party and event reservations, the Karaoke Lounge is prepared to entertain with the latest karaoke machines, DJ systems together with the best sound systems you could ask for at a karaoke bar.

Sip on any one of your favorite liquors, or try the Lychee Tini or the Jalapeno Margarita from Maru cocktails, while the DJ blasts some of the best Karaoke songs for you to sing along to.

5. Baby Grand

Labeled “The cutest Karaoke bar ever!” by New York Magazine, this boutique  Japanese-style karaoke bar is one-of-a-kind. Not only is it the only boutique karaoke bar in New York City, it also blends the intimacy of a private room with the vibe of open karaoke for all.

Cozied up on Grand Street between SoHo and Little Italy, Baby Grand don’t offer any private rooms so get ready to gather the courage and sing out loud to your heart’s desire in front of the crowds (this is where all that alcohol comes in extra-handy!).

More than the quality services they have to offer, Baby Grand pride themselves on the love and positive vibes they provide. Arrive early, before the baby-sized grand bar is filled up. If you prefer a more laid back time when you visit, weekdays are a good time to head on over to Baby Grand which is indeed one of the best karaoke bars New York City has to offer.

Tone those throat muscles, get your singing pants on and walk into one of these 5 best karaoke bars in New York City to experience a night full of excitement, good vibes, and some incredibly out-of-tune singing!


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