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The Ultimate Guide to Karaoke Nights in Santa Monica

Karaoke in Santa Monica is a big deal. Explore karaoke venues with us, from cozy dive bars to upscale lounges. You’ll sing like never before.

When looking for things to do in Santa Monica, have you thought about adding karaoke nights to your list? Singing your heart out is a favorite pastime in this cool California city and can get those feel-good vibes flowing. We invite you to join in the fun with our guide to the best venues for karaoke in Santa Monica.

Dedicated Karaoke Venues

When comparing karaoke venues in Santa Monica, it’s important to consider what you want from your night out. If you consider yourself a karaoke purist, you might prefer to visit a dedicated venue.

There are many clubs in Santa Monica all about karaoke, from Culver City to Century City. And that’s before you start venturing to nearby cities, such as San Diego or Santa Barbara. But instead of heading up the coast, join us on this voyage through karaoke clubs in Santa Monica to find your perfect performance venue at the doorstep of Hollywood.

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1. The GasLite

At The GasLite, karaoke happens every night of the week. Friday through Sunday, karaoke kicks off at 6 p.m., but Monday through Thursday, you can show up after dinner and sing at 8 p.m.

The venue promises a crowd that will cheer you on, even if you aren’t the greatest singer in the world. And with Happy Hour drink specials every day until 9 p.m., you can boost your confidence with a stiff drink before you get up on that stage.

Want to host a private karaoke party? The venue offers private rentals to make your starstruck dreams come true. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, entertain corporate clients, or reunite with friends.

As one of the best-known karaoke bars in Santa Monica, The GasLite attracts people from all lifestyles and backgrounds. Even American Music Award winner Jewel has shown up here to show off her talent.

2. Shrine

Walk (or sing) like an Egyptian at Shrine Karaoke, where the decor is Euro-Egyptian themed, and the sound system is one of the best in the city of Santa Monica. The lights are bright, the bass is booming, and the mic is ready for you to grasp it in your steady (or shaking) hand.

We know getting up on stage can be nerve-racking, but rest assured, Shrine does everything it can to make you look and sound as good as possible. You might surprise yourself with the quality of your voice, so why not take the chance to shine like a star?

Maybe you're too shy to perform publicly. We get it. Even our high-flyers get nervous sometimes. You can book a room for a private party and share your karaoke experience with only the people you trust. If you book any night other than Friday or Saturday, you’ll enjoy a 50% discount on the room rate, so call your friends and make those midweek plans.

The decor might have an Egyptian theme, but the food is Korean-style — and we can vouch for its tastiness. This melding of cultures works perfectly for what is quite possibly the trendiest karaoke bar in West Los Angeles.

3. Blah Blah Karaoke

Open every night of the week, Blah Blah Karaoke offers two-hour, three-hour, or unlimited karaoke sessions. If you’re unsure which to go for, trust us when we say getting up on a stage can be addictive. You won’t want to leave.

If you're not visiting for the karaoke, go for the food and drinks. From spicy squid to whelk meat, there’s plenty here to wake up your taste buds and get your appetite going. In terms of drinks, you can enjoy everything from soju to hard liquor, with plenty of soft options on the menu.

If you want to really make a night of it, why not treat yourself to a 12-year-old bottle of whiskey? You need to lubricate your vocal cords somehow, right?

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4. Boardwalk 11 Bar & Restaurant

The playlists at Boardwalk 11 Bar & Restaurant are updated daily, so you always have the latest hits available to sing along to. The team here knows what gets people up and singing, from tear-jerking numbers to musicals and pop classics that have everyone waving their phone torch in the air.

As much thought has gone into the menu as it has into the song selection. From oozing burgers to Trevor’s famous fish & chips — you have to see for yourself what makes it so famous — there's plenty here to get your teeth into. Once you’ve performed your show-stopping song, sink your spoon into the brownie sundae. After all, you’ve earned it.

5. Q KARAOKE

Q Karaoke has 15 private rooms, so you can host your own karaoke party with your best friends, extended family, or hard-working coworkers. Each room has comfortable seating and the equipment you need to sing into the early hours of the morning.

You can select the size of room you need and choose your package. Will you splash out on champagne or keep it simple with soju and beers? Either way, you can keep on singing right up until 2 a.m. The menu is full of Korean soul food to keep your party guests well-fueled.

Bars and Restaurants with Karaoke Nights

In Santa Monica, many bars and restaurants host regular band nights, including the much-loved Santa Monica Pier restaurants. Karaoke nights are another popular type of entertainment, with many venues going all out to give their guests the opportunity to get up on stage and sing.

If you're a born performer aching for your chance to shine, add one of these karaoke nights in Santa Monica to your itinerary.

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6. The Britannia Pub

The Britannia Pub, known affectionately by locals as The Brit, is a sports-themed bar serving perfect pints and the hottest European soccer matches.

Live music and karaoke nights are also regular features of The Brit’s schedule. Whether you’re a Brit missing home or simply a lover of Guinness and Heinz baked beans, you're sure to find something on the menu that will make you feel right at home.

7. Harvelle’s

When you have the San Francisco Bay blues, there’s only one place to be. Harvelle’s bar hosts live band karaoke nights every Wednesday. You won’t just be singing to a recorded backing track; you'll be singing to live music in Santa Monica.

Being surrounded by fellow performers can boost your confidence and give you the chance to sound as good as possible. There’s nothing quite like watching a group of people work together to put on a performance, which is why we love live band karaoke nights so much.

Harvelle's opened its doors in 1931, making it the oldest live music venue on the Westside. Book tickets now for one of Harvelle’s Sing With the Band nights to secure your chance to perform in this legendary venue.

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8. The Last Call

Just 20 minutes from Beverly Hills, The Last Call is the place to be for a Hollywood karaoke night you won’t forget. It offers karaoke nights on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and we're sure you'll want to return once you've visited once.

The Last Call stays open until 2 a.m. every night, so there’s plenty of time to perform your favorite tracks. If you can’t visit right away, we suggest making a list and singing in the shower every chance you get — practice makes perfect.

Lounges and Clubs

Just because you’re searching for karaoke in Santa Monica doesn’t mean you’re willing to compromise on other perks of a nightlife venue, such as comfortable seating or great food.

Thankfully, Santa Monica’s lounges and clubs are more than capable of catering to locals who are looking for a relaxed and comfortable night out.

9. Sonny McLean's

Step into any pub in Dublin, and you'll soon realize it’s common for locals to “do a turn”—meaning perform for the entertainment of other patrons. Sonny McLean’s aims to bring this tradition to the sunny shores of Santa Monica with its regular karaoke nights.

This Irish pub claims, “There are no strangers here, only friends we have yet to meet.” So, you can be sure to get some amiable support when you perform your favorite song. We're inclined to agree with this philosophy and will cheer you on with the rest of the crowd.

In addition to music and good cheer, Sonny McClean’s also offers an extensive whiskey list, as well as wine, liquor, and 40 beers on tap. The interior features an astonishing 23 HDTVs, ensuring you won’t miss a second of the action when there’s a sports match on.

The menu is full of Irish favorites and traditional New England dishes, all served with a California twist. We love the classic Bangers and Mash, but the thin-crust pizzas are a strong competitor for the top spot on our list. Come along and pick out your own favorite from the extensive range of options.

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Embracing the Melody of Santa Monica's Karaoke Scene

As born performers, we're deeply in love with Santa Monica’s karaoke scene. We respect anyone who can climb onto a stage, put themselves on display, and take a risk, hoping it'll pay off in style. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there like that.

We can promise that putting yourself out there does indeed pay off. You may even become your peers' new favorite singer.

If the experience leaves you feeling inspired by the power of performance, why not come along to one of our shows in Santa Monica? We couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to blow your mind with our jaw-dropping acrobatics, creative contortion, and moving music that ties it all together.

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