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There are no shortage of area bars at which to sing your heart out in front of a room full of strangers.

Karaoke bar guide




Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on March 19, 2009 at 5:46 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


Fans of "American Idol" use it to practice singing in front of an audience before getting skewered by the judges. Drinking buddies see it as a great dare for the drunkest in the group. And some aim to "wow" the record company executives who surely hang at local bars and restaurants looking for their next big star.

The old saying goes that "karaoke" is Japanese for "tone-deaf." Actually, it comes from the Japanese "kara," as in "void," and "oke," which means "sutora," a Japanese derivative of "orchestra." Its ascendancy since the '90s hasn't let up; bars all over Milwaukee still regularly hold karaoke nights. So, if you're prepping your pipes and looking for legitimacy, here's a list of places where you can sing your little heart out.

Be sure to call the establishment before you prepare any Sunny and Cher or Aretha Franklin. Not all places consistently hold karaoke nights.

Amelia's
724 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-0345
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Bay View Bar / Cataldo's
2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 483-0677
Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Bowery Bar & Grill
3023 W. Ryan Road, (414) 761-3260
Thursdays from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Burnham Bowl
6016 W. Burnham St., (414) 543-7880
Fridays at 9:30 p.m.

The Chancery
4624 S. 27th St., (414) 282-3350
Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Clifford's
10418 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 425-6226
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.

C.G.'s Hideout
6357 S. 27th St., (414) 761-1086
Mondays at 9 p.m. and Fridays at 9:30 p.m.

Denoon Saloon
W198S10857 Racine Ave., (262) 971-0171
Second and fourth Saturday of the month at 9: 30 p.m.

Erv's Mug
130 W. Ryan Road, (414) 762-5010
Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Final Approach
4959 S. Howell Ave., (414) 744-7060
Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Gridiron Sports Saloon
3800 E. Layton Ave., Cudahy, (414) 324-7695
Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 p.m. to close.

House of Frank N' Stein
726 E. Center St., (414) 264-4440
Every night of the week.

Frank's Power Plant
2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 481-9200
One Saturday a month at 8 p.m. Call for dates.

Long Wong's
5230 W. Bluemound Road, (414) 454-0400
Fridays from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Lucky's Irish Pub & Grill
789 W. Layton Ave. (414) 744-9999
Mondays from 9:00pm until 1 a.m.

Magoo's Sports Bar & Grill
8911 W. National Ave., (414) 329-1477
Thursday at 9 p.m.

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St., (414) 226-2337
Thursday at 10 p.m.

Monkey Bar
1619 S. 1st St., (414) 384-4663
Sundays at 9 p.m.

Paulo's Pizza
5121 W. Howard Ave., (414) 727-9332
For 18 and under on Mondays from 5 to 9 p.m.

PJ's on Lincoln
3000 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 643-8256
Call for days and times.

Rascal's Pub
2311 N. Murray Ave., (414) 224-7084
Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Safe House
779 N. Front St., (414) 271-2007
Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Scuttlebutt Sports Lounge
5175 S. 27th St., (414) 281-1447
Fridays at 9 p.m.

The New Yorker
645 N. James Lovell St., (414) 272-9444
Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 p.m. until close

The Newsroom Pub & Grill
137 E. Wells St., (414) 273-4900
Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Up And Under Pub
1216 E. Brady St., (414) 276-2677
Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Vitucci's
1832 E. North Ave. (414) 273-6477
Thursday nights.

Yester Years Pub & Grill
9427 W. Greenfield Ave. (414) 476-9055
Tuesdays from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.

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singerbob | Dec. 13, 2012 at 5:01 p.m. (report)

Don't forget about karaoke at TGIF in Brookfield every Thursday night, and Hooters in Brookfield every Friday night with Soundsational DJ's and karaoke. He's often at Sazz's on State street also. Bob has been in business for over 30 years. Check it out!

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kurtsngr | Sept. 30, 2012 at 11:12 p.m. (report)

Weekly Karaoke Show Tuesdays at: Salty Toad, 921 Friedman Drive, Waukesha, 9PM-1AM with "Karaoke Kurt"

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Karaoke Kurt | Sept. 10, 2012 at 5:48 p.m. (report)

Wednesday Nights: Whiskey Bar, 788 N. Jackson, Milwaukee. Show starts at 8PM. Hosted by Karaoke Kurt Wednesday Nights: Saloon on Calhoun(with bacon), Calhoun Rd. & Capitol Dr., Brookfield. Show Starts at 9PM. .....................................Hosted by Rockin' Rob V Friday Nights: Curly's Waterfront, Pewaukee Lake. Show starts at 9:30PM. Hosted by Karaoke Kurt. Any questions; contact Kurt at Star Vision Music (414)305-9388

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cmkrueger | May 16, 2012 at 10:46 a.m. (report)

TUESDAYS - 9:00pm Scott E's Pub - Hwy. 100 & Beloit Rd. (Greenfield) ___________________________ WEDNESDAYS - 9:30pm T.G.I. Friday's - 76th & Layton Ave. (Greenfield) specials: half-priced tap beers, $2 rail drinks, $3 signature cocktails, $4 top shelf liquor and house wine, $5 appetizers

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GNKaraoke1 | Feb. 19, 2012 at 4:36 p.m. (report)

G&N RockStar Karaoke Will Be Having A Show At Hero's Sport Pub & Grill at 9105 w Lincoln Ave West Allis Karaoke And Dancing Starts At 9:00pm 2 for 1 Beer,Rail And Call Drinks 7pm Till 9pm Great Food Pizza, Appetizers And Much More Kitchen Open Till 11pm To Order They Have Pool, Darts, Air Hockey Ton's Of Things To Do While You Wait To Sing Huge Dance Floor Bring A Good Friend For Great Times Come For A Great Fish Fry And Great Drink Specials 2 For 1 Beer Drinks And Call Rail From 7pm Till 9pm Friday Fish Fry $7.95 Stay For One Of The Best Karaoke Rock Shows In Wisconsin Pricing & Ticket Info: Free

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