This week's New Times feature story explores the thriving karaoke scene in Broward and Palm Beach counties. If you're looking for a place to channel your inner Kelly Clarkson, there's always a show somewhere -- whether you want to sing in drag, in a dimly lit dive bar, or on a stage with a live band. We can't cram all the options into one list, but here's a sampling of five (in no particular order) to inspire you.
Lake Worth. (Sunday nights) A family-oriented German bar/restaurant,
the crowd here ranges from teeny boppers to punk rockers and retirees.
No judgment here, not even if you sing disco.
Wet Willie's, West Palm Beach. (Thursday nights) Drink a fruity pink daiquiri while trying to rap like Rihanna. If you're lucky, you might spot Allan Lee, a 79-year-old star of the karaoke scene, rockin' to Ricky Martin.
The Village Well
, Fort Lauderdale. (Sunday nights) A mixed crowd of dedicated drunks, Tony Bennett crooners, and football fans, this is a bar where no one cares how you sound, how you dress, or the last time you bathed. Karaoke was made for such dives.
, Hollywood. (Tuesday and Thursday nights) An elevated stage and crew of talented karaoke regulars make this spot feel like a real performance. The young, attractive, sports-bar crowd can be intimidating, but you also get to sing with a live band on Thursdays.
South Shores Tavern
, Lake Worth. (Friday nights) The colorful cast of regulars here feels like family -- Broadway Pete, Lil' Bit, a guy named Fred who could be the next Cee Lo Green. The DJ wears a Cat in the Hat
-style cap, and customers sing close enough to the bar to order a beer between verses.
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