The Instagram generation fills its profiles with carefully curated snapshots posing as candid moments captured in time. They post makeup selfies, videos of concerts they should have been actually watching, and way too many pictures of food.
On social media, we're all famous (or infamous) for partaking in the addictive search for likes and comments. But why be fake celebrities when we can all be fake rock stars for a night? In a world of wannabe Kardashians, karaoke offers us a chance to be wannabe Beyoncés (or at least a Kelly or Michelle).
Karaoke nights are surprisingly prolific here in Miami, with enough opportunities to sing every night of the week and even win cash prizes. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite karaoke nights in Miami.
10. Sidebar Miami.
9 p.m. Wednesday at 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786-703-6973; sidebarmiami.com.
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9. Titanic Restaurant and Brewery.
9 p.m. Sunday at 5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-668-1742; titanicbrewery.com.
Don't let your weekend end early. It’s not technically over until Monday morning, so there's still time for karaoke on Sunday at Titanic until 1 a.m. There are $3 shots all night long at this charming local joint and University of Miami favorite, so bring a friend to sing along and cut you off before you're hungover at work the next day.
8. The Bend. 10 p.m. Saturday at 6844 NW 169th St., Hialeah; 786-542-1948; thebendmiami.com.
It can be hard to find karaoke on a Saturday night in bars that don't strictly exist for karaoke, but the Bend Liquor Lounge has you covered. This restored vintage '70s dive bar in Miami Lakes is the perfect spot to belt your heart out without fear of
7. Better Days.
11 p.m. Monday at 75 SE Sixth St., Miami; 786-220-7690; betterdaysmiami.com.
Monday is the awkward day when you most need a drink but are the furthest away from the weekend. Make it a girls’ night at Brickell's cozy little lounge Better Days (celebrating its two-year anniversary this Friday, September 23), where Monday is both Ladies Night and karaoke night. Ladies get to enjoy happy-hour prices all night long — plus, bringing the girls along means you can duet! Bring the Gaga to your Yoncé, the Drake to your Ri-Ri, or bring the whole squad and be Tay-Tay. Just make sure Kanye isn't around to snatch your microphone.
6. George’s on Sunset.
5 p.m. Thursday at 1549 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-9989; georgesonsunset.miami.
Not all lit parties happen in Wynwood and Miami Beach. Venture a little bit south for karaoke and delicious dinner at George’s on Sunset. This place gets packed, so use it as an opportunity to encourage audience participation. Put the mike up to the guy that's giving you the eyes or bring the birthday girl up to dance with you. It's what Rihanna would do. The best performer gets a shot at dinner on the house, so if that doesn't motivate you — you're probably not a true karaoke superstar.
10 p.m. Monthly at 176 NW 24 St., Miami; gramps.com.
Gramps hosts its “Let’s Sang” night on the last Thursday of the month. Billed as “karaoke for music nerds,” the song list (which can be found on the official Let's Sang
4. La Shangrila Karaoke.
5 p.m. All week at 10720 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-640-5217; lashangrila.com.
Still too shy to sing in front of strangers after all those drinks? Rent a private room with your friends. Like Sing Sing, La Shangrila Karaoke Bar & Lounge — located just a block away from FIU — offers private rooms for party rentals, and they're impressive. Room decor is inspired by metropolitan cities like Tokyo and Shanghai and accommodate groups from five to 30 people. Rooms are equipped with TVs for song selection and on-demand video, and once you're there, songs, drinks, and food can all be ordered to your room via the ThunderStone iPhone app.
3. The Bar.
10 p.m. Tuesday at 172 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-2730; gablesthebar.com.
Tuesday can be a lonely night out, but fewer people means more of an opportunity to try out your rock star moves on a test crowd. The Bar offers you plenty of space to get creative. Don't be a basic bitch — sing the deep cuts! Your bartenders have heard "Single Ladies" enough times already (only acceptable if you can slay the choreography too).
2. Sing Sing Karaoke.
5 p.m. All week at 717 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8410; singsingmiami.com.
Even Adele has crippling stage fright, so what's to be expected of a karaoke rookie like yourself? At Sing Sing Karaoke in Miami Beach, every drink purchase comes paired with a song ticket, so you can stock up on liquid courage before you belt out “Rolling in the Deep” in the spotlight. Just don’t get too drunk and pass out on the couch — Beyonce might walk in and your friends might not be able to wake you up.
1. Seven Seas.
10 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. 2200 SW 57th Ave., Miami; 305-266-6071; facebook.com/sevenseasbar.
Even the casual karaoke fan in Miami knows that this beloved Gables dive is legendary for its karaoke nights. With a salty Key West atmosphere and no shortage of cheap whiskey, Seven Seas is the perfect place to unleash your inner grunge in front of a crowd of the most random people you can imagine. With the help of the legendary Bernie Ravelo of Karaoke with Bernie (who's been with Seven Seas for 12 years), every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10 p.m., you can show up, sing, and then sit your drunk ass down before you're dragged offstage.
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