Sunday, August 17, 2008

Where is your favorite Portland/Vancouver place to do Karaoke?


image from Nataliedee.com

Ben Moral, CIMTB's newest blogger, reminded me that I want to put together a list of Karaoke places.

give me your faves and then I'll make a list of all of them.

The next time the Mayor of Funtown come's around we won't sweat it if we have temporary memory loss and can't think of where it take him! Yay! Then I can consult our list. It will be like a letter to the future...

If you want you can label them as fun, cheap, crowded, laid back if you want... or whatevers.

13 comments:

Evy Metal said...

Personally I dislike karaoke. I am not a singer and prefer to spend my money going to see one of the numerous Portland bands that I love and let them do the singing.

Is is possible that the fact that I don't drink has anything to do with my dislike?

Amber Dawn said...

I thought I didn't like Karaoke.. then I got really drunk one time in Eugene at a future band teachers' conference(I am no longer planning to be a future band teacher, alas.) and now I like it.
I am really stoked to see your List because I haven't gone in forever (paragon r.i.p.)

Amber Dawn said...

I have done it sober a couple of times.. i think maybe you do have to drink to really enjoy it. and be a secret extrovert?

Dr. Something said...

Singing with Karaoke from Hell (live rock band karaoke) is great! The play at Dante's every Monday, and sometimes other places.

I've also caught wind that Tony Starlight's is doing karaoke with a live big band! Haven't gone, but it sounds like it may be worth the $8.

In terms of regular old karaoke, The Galaxy, The Alabi and Chopsticks III are usually a good time.

Ste. Goldie said...

Evy -- I don't think so. The first time I was messed up. Then next time I did it was a a few years later. Then I did it sober several times. I had a lot of friends who did drink so I just went for it knowing I wasn't being scrutinized or even paid that much attention to what I was doing (so I told myself). I had fun singing. My brief stint in a band ruined it for a good length of time. I heard myself singing on a recording and after that it took sometime getting comfortable again getting up in front of people and opening my mouth without getting really, really nervous. It's also a cool way to bond with people. I've also never paid to do Karaoke, except to tip the KJ if they are fun and keep the place in a good rotation.

Dr. S & Amber D. = COOL! Thanks, if you think of anymore let me know.

Kid Tyger said...

chopsticks 3 hands down.

NOT chopsticks 2, despite the fact i live like 2 blocks away.

well worth going up mlk, as long as i'm not driving, to tip the kj $5 to bump my version of prince's - "let's go crazy" to the top so i can get the party started.

i usually don't like singing, but for me it's helpful to get out of my hood to induce me to do so.

p.s. welcome ben moral! my man......

aliagrace said...

Personally I think this is not the direction that CIMTB should go... Why do we care about karaoke? It has NOTHING to do with indie music... I am sorry but I am over this topic - let's talk about real LIVE music. Let's support our favorite CIM bands!! Karaoke takes people away from live music.....

I agree with Evy - let's let the people who can sing and are in bands make the music and let's go to see them...

FUCK KARAOKE!!

dovewheeler said...

Hmmm. Karaoke. I have to be really inspired, drunk or in a room full of friends to get into it. It can be a blast, though. The funny thing about it is, that for a few moments you feel like Joan Jett, Axl Rose or David Bowie. I only want to sing classics, so it is nostalgic too. The best Karaoke experience I have ever had is "Karaoke from Hell" at Dante's. You can't beat the live band thing. It is really fun to hear other people too, and think "damn, he/she can really sing and I wonder if they even know it".

Ben Moral said...

I'm sorry if the Karaoke sidebar has distracted from your regular coverage -- it was not my intention. Like I said, I'll blog about music real soon. Promise.

That said, top 3 Karaoke spots in Portland:

1) Kiknbaque Lounge - I'm probably biased by the proximity and the manager's propensity for free drinks, but I can't help but love the shit out of this place, especially Wednesday and Thursday nights for Karaoke.

2) Yen Ha - Rad little Korean restaurant/bar with Karaoke some nights I think it's only on the weekends now, but they used to do Thursdays. I haven't been there in a little while, but the last few times I went, the bartender did one of the greatest renditions of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" I've ever heard.

3) Alibi - Karaoke every night, but less crowded than Chopsticks 2, closer than Chopsticks 3, less crappy than Galaxy. Also, buckets of beers, free food on Saturdays.

Ste. Goldie said...

Alia - I'm going to publish my list. It's one blog post out of a zillion. Our most frequently revisited posts (evnen if they are really really old) are ones that people use as reference pages. It's a good increase traffic post and out-of-towners will love it. I know I'm not the only one who could use a good list of places to karaoke. I can appreciate going out with my friends and cutting loose. Not all of my friends are in bands. I think it's a pretty damn fun way to support them! Woot, woot FUNTRAIN!

FYI -- Not one person has mentioned Hazel Dell Lanes... Once upon a time it was the bomb. Then it was horrible...

aliagrace said...

It is not that I have a problem with off topic blogs... I just don't like Karaoke. I am sure it will be a good reference point to also gather traffic, but I just have a hard stance on it... NO KARAOKE FOR ALIA.

Ste. Goldie said...

Alia -- Bring the bOO back!

aliagrace said...

i will for you!