Talent Not Required: Karaoke Every Night In the D

By: Michael Fossbakk | January 26, 2018

As you walk to the stage with a swagger all your own, you swallow your doubts, grab the microphone and begin belting out your favorite musical number. The spotlight shines down on you as you continue your near-perfect rendition of Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” The crowd feels alive and you feed off that energy. Before you know it, the song is over but you can’t help feeling like you’re on cloud nine. You walk off the stage to modest applause and greet your friends, who, apparently, recorded the entire thing. They play it back for you.

“Oh no,” you say.

“Oh yes,” they reply. “It’s already on Facebook.”

Anyone who has taken part in a night of karaoke can recall an experience like this one. It was so much fun! That is, until the embarrassment set in. But, that’s really where the fun comes from. Karaoke carries an expectation of mediocrity and the audience, who might cringe here and there, relishes in the confidence of those that are willing to get up in front of a crowd and sing like no one’s watching — especially when everyone is.

If you feel like you’re the next big thing, undiscovered but full of heart, you’ll find plenty of great places in metro Detroit to get your groove on any day of the week.

Monday – Renegades in Garden City

Catering to country and southern rock and roll fans, Renegades in Garden City runs a karaoke night Thursday through Monday. That’s five days of your favorite country jams! So, grab your cowboy/girl boots and hat and queue up the hottest country hits, like Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini and more.

Tuesday – Hayloft Saloon in Detroit

This Detroit bar has catered to the LGBT crowd since it opened in 1980. With events ranging from Showtune Sunday to an annual football party, it’s no surprise that Hayloft Saloon also has its own karaoke night. Tuesdays at Hayloft between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. is where you’ll want to be for your chance to rock the mic in between games of pool or darts or watching the game on one of their six HD TVs.

Wednesday – The House of Shamrocks in Hazel Park

This Hazel Park Irish pub is a great spot to catch the latest game thanks to multiple TVs and a big screen with a projector hooked up to it. But, we came here for a chance to have our voices heard. Wednesday and Thursday night will bring the luck of the Irish to your singing talents.

Thursday – The Inn Place Bar & Grill in Royal Oak

If you’re looking to get away from the craziness of downtown Royal Oak, The Inn Place, located a few blocks out of the downtown area, is a cozy dive with a full bar and tons of beer on tap. Thursday nights are karaoke nights, but in between sets of showing the crowd why you should be the next American Idol, you can take part in pinball, pool or darts.

Friday – Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale

What sets this long-standing Ferndale establishment apart from others when it comes to karaoke night, it’s the fact that you won’t be singing along to a pre-recording of the instrumentals being fed through speakers. No, you’ll be singing along with a live band! Every Friday night, Dino’s Lounge transforms into a hoppin’ place for amateur live music.

Saturday – Bert’s in Eastern Market

As any good Detroiter knows, Saturday is Eastern Market Day. For some, that means shopping for fresh produce from local farmers and more. For others, it means belting out today’s biggest hits alongside yesterday’s favorites at Bert’s. What might seem like just another BBQ joint is really just a front for some of the most fun you’ll have on a Saturday morning as their karaoke runs from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Sunday – SOHO in Ferndale

As we close out our week of non-stop karaoke, we come to Ferndale’s quintessential LGBT bar, SOHO. With a cozy atmosphere and delicious drinks, SOHO is a local favorite. If you’re not there to sing your heart out, you might as well sip on a $4 long island iced tea while you admire the courage, and hopefully the voice, of the night’s performers.

Where do you like to let your voice ring out in metro Detroit? Are there some mainstay karaoke bars we missed? Let us know!

Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.