Channel Your Inner Rockstar: San Francisco’s 7 Best Karaoke Bars

Metallica performing at Outside Lands 2017 in San Francisco

Just because Outside Lands is over doesn’t mean the music has to stop.

Relive your favorite sets and sing along to all your favorite songs, except now it’s your turn to headline your very own stage. Channel your inner Solange, and head over to one of San Francisco’s best karaoke bars.

1. Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge, Chinatown

“Mama Candy always looks after her boys.” Photo: @stevie_hatz, Instagram.

Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge
$ | 1155 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA
If you’ve ever strolled along Grant Avenue in Chinatown on a Friday night, you have probably been drawn towards the sound of loud music and slurred singing at Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge. Here, dreams of becoming a pop star are crushed and memories are made. Bow Bow is hands down the top karaoke dive bar in San Francisco. Do the math: A dive bar adorned with tawdry Chinese and Chinoiserie decor, plus karaoke, plus cheap drinks poured by Mama Candy. That always equates to a good time.
Hours: Daily: 8:00AM–2:00AM
Website: Yelp

2. Pandora, Tenderloin

Hello Kitty Room at Pandora. Photo: Pandora, Facebook.

$$ | 177 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA
Pandora, San Francisco’s best-decorated karaoke bar, boasts 15 private rooms with fun and kitschy themes, like Hello Kitty, which will make you think you’ve stepped into a Sanrio store. Book a private room, or hang out in the lounge with a full bar and food menu, singing stage, big screen TVs, and state-of-the-art entertainment system. Pandora‘s weekday happy hour runs from 6–8PM, which includes 50% off private rooms.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 6PM–2AM

3. 3910, Inner Richmond

Full bar at 3910. Photo: 3910, Facebook.

$$ | 3910 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA
3910 is a fabulous karaoke bar, equipped with a full bar, big screen TVs, and arcade games throughout the common lounge. 3910 has 5 private karaoke rooms loaded with state of the art equipment and all your favorite songs, making it perfect for large groups. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations for private rooms are highly recommended, especially on weekends. 
Hours: Monday: 7PM–2AM, Tuesday-Sunday: 6PM–2AM
Website: Yelp  

4. Playground, Japantown

Dining Hall at Playground. Photo: Playground, Facebook.

$$ | 1705 Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA
As playful as its name suggests, Playground is the only place in San Francisco where you’ll find a Korean restaurant, bar, and karaoke lounge all under one roof. Playground has three private karaoke rooms, capable of accommodating up to 15 people. Here, you can sing, drink, and eat the night away.
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, Sunday: 5PM–12AM, Thursday-Saturday: 5PM–2AM

5. The Mint, Duboce Triangle

Photo: The Mint.

The Mint
$$ | 1942 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Having been featured on CNN, KPIX Channel 5, and voted “Best Karaoke Bar 2016” by San Francisco Magazine, it’s no surprise The Mint attracts visitors from around the world. Here you can choose from over 25,000 songs, and take over the amazing stage, which is illuminated by LED lights.
Hours: Weekdays: 3PM–2AM, Weekends: 2PM–2AM

6. Festa Wine & Cocktail Lounge, Japantown

Photo: Festa Wine & Cocktail – and karaoke, Facebook.

Festa Wine & Cocktail Lounge
$$ | 1825A Post Street, Suite 210, Kinokuniya Building, San Francisco, CA
A swanky karaoke, wine, and cocktail lounge, Festa welcomes visitors to take on their beautiful stage, equipped with a top-of-the-line karaoke machine featuring over 120,000 songs in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday: 7:30PM–1AM, Friday-Saturday: 7:30PM–2AM

7. Town Music Karaoke, Japantown

Town Music Karaoke. Photo: Amy D., Yelp.

Town Music Karaoke
$$ | 1660 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Open until 4AM from Tuesday to Sunday, Town Music Studios has an array of rooms available at a reasonable hourly rates, and a great selection of music in various languages. Alcohol is not offered on site, but chances are you’re here for the afterparty.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 7PM–4AM

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