Since arriving in the U.S. from Japan in the early 1970s, karaoke has been a hit for partygoers and bar-hoppers alike. After the United States’ first karaoke club opened in 1982, the cultural phenomenon has spread far and wide to become one of the most popular ways to embarrass yourself at a bar – and also have some lighthearted fun with your friends. Whether you think you’re the next Justin Timberlake, or you’re more like Justin Bieber, it’s always fun to spend a little time in the spotlight on stage. For San Antonio residents looking to belt out a few notes while downing a few drinks, make sure you check out these spots on our list of the 3 best karaoke bars in San Antonio:
Like most karaoke dive bars, Dad’s just has that perfect divey feeling that you can’t find at bigger clubs. The lights are dim, the decorations are eclectic, and the drinks are cheap. The clientele is also always friendly and people from all walks of life come to sing here. But of course, the best part about Dad’s is that they offer karaoke every day from 2 pm – 2 am. Toss in their wide variety of music and high-quality sound equipment, and it’s a tough karaoke spot to beat.
Another great karaoke dive bar on our list is Hidden Tavern. Located in the North Central part of the city, it’s just a short drive down Route 281 for residents at our Springs at Stone Oak Village apartments. Like other dive bars, the drinks are inexpensive, the atmosphere is unique, and the bartenders are always friendly. When they aren’t offering karaoke, it’s because there’s live music instead. That being said, the stage doesn’t make you feel cramped, the lighting and sound equipment are top-notch, and they offer all the popular karaoke songs – but no food!
For those looking for karaoke, craft beer, and excellent bar food in the heart of San Antonio, make sure to check out Southtown 101 on Thursday nights. Although it’s not considered a dive bar, the atmosphere is very casual and laid back, even offering comfortable leather couches and an outdoor patio section. The crowd usually consists of the many twenty-somethings that live in the area, and it is one of Southtown’s most popular watering holes. The DJ is good and their karaoke selection has both the latest hits and classics, so stop by next time you’re downtown.
If you’re looking for a fun karaoke bar in San Antonio, look no further than these 3 places. All of them have great karaoke setups, and none of them are short on supplying the liquid courage. Know of any others worth mentioning? Please share in the comments below!