From dive bars with a signature karaoke night once a week to places where you rent posh private lounges, the Denver karaoke scene is alive and better than ever. What song will you sing first?
Known by locals as “OSS,” this Washington Park sports bar is a longstanding favorite for Denver karaoke. Actually, Ogden Street South is a neighborhood favorite for lots of things: arcade games, a great happy hour, tons of TVs for watching sports, and surprisingly delicious food.
Karaoke is on Friday and Saturday nights, happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4-6:00 pm, and there are daily specials. Think $1 tacos on Friday nights and Cheesesteak Wednesdays.
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LoDo has tons of bars to choose from, but there’s a reason locals specifically seek out Star Bar. Maybe it’s the impressive craft beer list, adult slushies, or Skee-ball. Or perhaps it’s the karaoke Thursdays. We’d venture a guess it’s a combination of all of the above.
Star Bar is one of Denver’s oldest bars, having been in business for well over 50 years. The bar dishes up some seriously fun kitsch alongside karaoke and expertly-made cocktails, which adds to the entire vibe. Cocktails in dinosaur eggs on the Jurassic Tiki patio, anyone?
Family-owned Park Center Lounge is unique among other Denver karaoke establishments because it offers karaoke every night of the week. Even better, it runs from 6:00 pm until at least 1:00 am seven days a week. So if you really need your karaoke fix at midnight on a Monday, Park Center Lounge is your place! With over 50,000 (!!) songs to choose from, there’s something here for literally every karaoke style.
In addition to being the best place for Denver karaoke, PCL has happy hour seven days a week and the regulars rave about their food. While you’re waiting for your turn to sing, play pool, shuffleboard, or a variety of board games.
Tucked into the Villa Park neighborhood in west Denver, The Hangover is well-known for its spicy pickle shots and serving up free authentic Mexican fare on Broncos game days. It also happens to be a great spot for Denver karaoke on Wednesday nights.
The Hangover runs food and drink specials on karaoke nights, plus every singer gets a complimentary shot — presumably one of the signature pickle shots. On the other six days of the week, you’ll find plenty of TVs tuned to local sports, pool tables, and games.
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Tucked into the artsy RiNo District, Voicebox offers a fresh twist on Denver karaoke. Instead of showing off your pipes in front of a room full of people, you’ll be in a private lounge (“box”) at Voicebox. Even if you don’t suffer from stage fright, this makes a perfect date night or social-distancing-friendly outing.
In your box, you can control the lighting and all sorts of special effects right from your phone. Voicebox has karaoke Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and also has a full kitchen. Rates start at just $7 per hour for individuals and $60 an hour for groups.
So, are you ready to stretch those vocal cords with some Denver karaoke? We sure are! Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tell us which spot is your favorite, or which ones we may have missed.
From the River Beats Colorado team: 2020 was a very challenging time for travel, adventure, and events around our state. We’re aware these uncertain times may limit many aspects of life. However, we hope our editorials provide helpful tips while ensuring safe social and physical distancing.