Say what you wanna say, but truth is Miami loves karaoke.
Those who have yet to unleash their inner rock star know that the thought of stealing the spotlight in front of a group of drunken strangers has crossed their mind at one point or another.
And those who've had enough liquid courage (or talent?) to grab the mic know they're at a good karaoke joint when it's not just them singing but the entire bar cheering them on, no matter how spectacular they sound or how horribly they suck. Guess that's the beauty of karaoke.
Here are Miami's five best karaoke bars.
See also: Miami's Ten Favorite Karaoke Songs
5. Sing Sing Karaoke. 717 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8410; singsingmiami.com.
Most of the nights to make it on our list are run by Karaoke With Bernie, with the exception of Sing Sing Karaoke.
While Sing Sing was not one of Bernie's choices, as the only strictly karaoke bar in Miami, the SoBe hot spot makes the cut.
With more than 12,000 songs to choose from in 13 languages, including karaoke classics like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," and Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," and 17 private karaoke rooms, you decide where the show goes down.
Best part of it all: You don't have to wait for a certain night of the week to
scream sing at the top of your lungs -- on any given night, you can walk in and have your way with the mic. All you need is $2 a song for bar karaoke, where you get a free song with any drink over $5, or $8 per person to rent out a private room (with reservations, of course).
4. Titanic Brewery & Restaurant. 5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-668-1742; titanicbrewery.com.
Titanic is in the heart of 'Cane territory. Within walking distance from the University of Miami, the bar is Miami's oldest brewpub and one of Bernie's picks for best karaoke bars.
Though its burgundy walls and gold "Titanic Brewery" signage and $3 shot specials are the perfect fit for karaoke, "its longevity" and "rotation of people," Bernie says, is what makes the bar one of the best singing spots in the 305.
"Since it's so close to UM, based on the school's rotation of students, you have a rotation of people coming in all the time. Every four years, you get a new group of kids."
Miami Hurricanes know how to party... Maybe that 'Cane spirit is what makes Titanic an ideal place to get blasted and sing like a rock star.
3. Tom's NFL American Sports Bar & Grill. 5001 NW 36th St., Miami Springs; 305-888-6022; tomsnfl.com.
Who knew there was more to Miami Springs than airport motels and a golf course?
On Wednesday nights, Tom's becomes a superstar talent (or lack thereof) showcase.
"It's one of those Cheers type of places and everyone knows your name. There's no pretentious people."
Even if you don't sing, it's pretty entertaining to watch.
2. Score Bar. 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-535-1111; scorebar.net.
"It's always a fun place," admits Bernie.
"Since it's a gay bar, it's a lot wilder, I think, and they really go out of their way to make it fun for everybody with lights. They try to make it a show, and the staff is really friendly."
And with Score's relocation to Washington Avenue, we can already see and hear the divas of Score getting wild and singing along to Abba.
1. Seven Seas. 2200 SW 57th Ave., Miami; 305-266-6071; facebook.com/sevenseasbar.
From the best singers to the worst performers, to The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World" and Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," one of Miami's best dive bars is also our pick for the city's best karaoke bar.
"It's overlooked a lot mostly 'cause it's considered such a hole on the wall," claims Bernie.
A giant lobster, fish nets, a moose head, and mismatched shoes are some of the random objects that decorate the walls and ceiling of this Red Road mainstay.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night, the pirate-ship-adorned bar transforms into karaoke night, which Bernie says, "It's always full of people" joining in on the vocal madness.
While Seven Seas may be a "hole in the wall," the eclectic mix of former self-proclaimed rock stars, dudes in large, dark-framed glasses, and ladies in tight black minidresses, and laid-back 'tude is what gives Seven Seas its charm and makes it the best karaoke bar in Miami.
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