The Five Best Places for Karaoke in St. Louis

Categories: Best Of

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Just John's Club
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 wasn't easy. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best karaoke bars in St. Louis.

See Also:
- The Ten Best Dive Bars in St. Louis

Just John's Club
(4112 Manchester Avenue; 314-371-1333)
You don't go to Just John's for simple karaoke; you go there for an experience. From the moment the doorman glances at your driver's license photo and exclaims, "Honey, you've got to be lying about your age, because you look good," you're welcomed into a hotbed of positive vibes. Nervous about singing? Don't be -- by the time the night's over, you'll have received enthusiastic compliments from sweet bartenders, dolled-up drag queens, that guy who looks like your Uncle Stan and ladies celebrating their final pre-wedding days by wearing hoochie leopard-print skirts. The karaoke and camaraderie both grow more intense with each passing hour, and by 2 a.m. you're happily belting out Cher with five of your new best friends while the bar floor overflows with dancers of all abilities.

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DD's Irish Pub & Karaoke
DD's Irish Pub & Karaoke
(1740 South Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood; 314-961-5646)
Much like Baskin Robins, DD's seems to have 31 flavors when it comes to karaoke clientele. There's Vanilla CEO Slam on Mondays, Double-Chocolate '90s Nirvana on Wednesdays and Tutti Fruity Rockin' Bootie on Saturdays. Mix in a few Jell-O shot girls and Old Man Smitty hossing some Parmesan fries, and you can experience a smorgasbord of singers virtually every night of the week. But while you're sampling the Caramel Cougar Delight, don't forget to pony up for a DVD recording of your sexy Salt-n-Pepa stylings; "Shoop" is a flavor you'll want to taste again and again.

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The Luna Lounge
The Luna Lounge
(4561 Gravois Avenue; 314-481-5862)
People who say "I'm big on Twitter" usually are douches, but that's not the case at the Luna Lounge. Known as St. Louis' premiere tweetup bar, the Luna ensures that friendships that originally begin as 140 characters are further cemented over karaoke and booze. The Luna feels a bit like a dark cave near the entrance, but the karaoke room with the soaring projection screen and long tables completely dispels that notion. After a few cheap drinks and some duets with your tweeps, you'll be posting Instagram pics faster than you can say hashtagnofilter.


Location Info

Luna Lounge

4561 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

DD's Irish Pub & Karaoke

1740 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, MO

Category: Music

Just John's Club

4112 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Mike Talayna's Juke Box Restaurant

1115 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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24 comments
Couch Pig
Couch Pig

who would want to go to a bar and listen to drunk people make fools of themselves

Richard Kyles
Richard Kyles

that should say five worst places, who the fuck wrote this list.

Todd Williams
Todd Williams

Like some other things in life, it's only fun/tolerable when you're wasted.

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

GREAT post, thanks for sharing! Goodtimes ahead

Mark Farace
Mark Farace

Rail drinks @ $ 5 and a rude bartender keeps 1 Night off lists.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

I didn't recognize over half the bars and blueberry hill was my favorite years ago.

Kristina Cheeseman
Kristina Cheeseman

I'm just really surprised Rockin' Gators didn't make the list. It's so awful, it's entertaining. Isn't that the point of karaoke?

Brian Blood
Brian Blood

I hate it !! I am a performing musician and its like nails on a chalkboard. I get it though, Folks want to see what its like in the spotlight. Some are just living in denial or they don't care that they are really that bad. Either way .... good for them. They are doing their thing. You just won't see me there.

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

there is NEVER a good place for karaoke. IMO

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

I'm an orthodox musician. I never go anyplace that has Karaoke. Everyone knows Karaoke causes cancer.

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