We're here to sell you on private room karaoke. Sure, you're paying more than you would at a regular karaoke bar or a dive with a crappy machine, but you're also singing more. A lot more. You don't have to wait for eight strangers to butcher Journey (breaking one, if not more, of the ten rules of karaoke) every time you pick a song. And you and your friends can spread out (naps on the couch are totally acceptable), order bottles of booze at a time and make fools of yourselves like no one's watching, because no one is. So get weird, get loud and enjoy.
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Sink into a couch and sing your heart out in Feel's clean, modern-looking rooms (think bright chandeliers and marble tables), whether you're on the hunt for an intimate nook or a banquet-sized space. Grab a drink and a bite to eat or pay $25 per person for BYOB (you'll have to purchase any mixers here). The karaoke list is heavy on the Korean ballads, but English song selections are there and the list is updated regularly. Also, valet parking is a steal at $2 if you can't find a meter nearby. A tip: The machine remote control is almost exclusively in Korean, so ask up front for a demo—the staff here is attentive and friendly.
Not to be confused with Gaam Lounge & Bar down the street, this clubby K-town karaoke spot is tucked away in Dan Sung Sa Plaza. An extensive song book, plenty of rooms and a flexible closing time (though technically 2am) make Gaam a night owl's go-to. They're known for an extremely accomodating staff, too—a rare gem when it comes to bleary-eyed karaoke bars. If you can't find your song in the book, try searching it instead—just because it's not listed doesn't mean they don't have it. And if you get hungry, Dang Sung Sa is next door and also open until 2am.
Go ahead, grab a mic and get sloshed in one of the multiple private rooms at Max Karaoke Studio. With three locations (in Torrance, Santa Monica, and Downtown), this karaoke spot is ideal for large, rowdy groups (and group dates) and stays open late (3am Sundays-Thursdays and 4am Fridays-Saturdays). Groups can potluck and BYO beer, wine, mixers and liquor—believe it or not, even kegs are welcome and ice is sold on-site for $1 per person. Groups of ten pay $53 an hour and $56 on weekends (you and your friends can do the math). If you're looking for more of a bargain, head in 1-8pm and pay $4 per hour per person ($5 on weekends). The song selection is extensive, though most everyone picks the same stuff. Check out the venue's ever-updating song ranking by popularity for inspiration.
Sure, K-town is known for its thriving (and ultra affordable) karaoke scene, but this late-night spot doesn't just offer private rooms filled with amateur singing. Mix up your night with a friendly game of billiards—to rest those epic vocal chords, of course—at one of the many tables in this lively joint. And no need to grab late-night grub elsewhere: fuel your shenanigans with Korean bites and cold beer from the central bar. Great for groups and parties, Vermont Karaoke and Billiards has food, drinks and entertainment at friendly prices.
Silky sashimi and private karaoke combine for one epic sake bomb of savory sushi and, well, semi-melodic tunes. Nestled in Culver City’s Westfield mall, this casual sushi spot offers a ton of specialty rolls at a wallet-friendly price, along with secluded karaoke rooms for unleashing your inner Beyoncé. Squeeze a garlic albacore or spicy tuna roll into your next shopping adventure and top it off with a ballad or two of your favorite hits. Note: You can’t beat the happy hour sushi prices between 3-7pm daily, with deals at $10.95 or under.
Kickin' it since '86, this K-town karaoke stalwart packs in a full bar and 20 karaoke rooms, including three that hold up to 30 people. For almost 30 years, it's endured with a boastworthy song list in English, Korean, Japanese and Chinese, plus a full bar, food and drink specials, and (swoon) free parking. There are also tambourines that light up when you play them, which is no small thing at 1am after four gin and tonics when "California Dreamin'" kicks in. Start planning that party.
Palm Tree has been around for years. What used to house a small bowling alley is now home to room upon room of private karaoke. There's also Arang, a restaurant serving Asian, er, fusion (they really push the Maui pizza) and the S-Bar, where you can knock a few back under the glow of blue neon and wait for a room to open while watching K-pop videos. Palm Tree has 20 private rooms, all equipped with leather seating, laser-show lighting and wireless mics (with disposable covers, how sanitary). There's no BYO here, only bottle service (which comes with a fruit platter), though they do have occasional specials and coupons on the website.