Where to sing karaoke in Austin

3:06 p.m Monday, May 15, 2017 Things to Do
Contributed by Mari Van Sickle/Contributed by Mari Van Sickle
Austin Karaoke on North Lamar in 2012.

Austinites are known as a musical bunch, so it’s a good thing karaoke in Austin is easy to come by. Homegrown artists have grown to become national sensations and have attracted many more musically inclined folks to the city. Most people have to hold down a day job to pay the bills, but that doesn’t mean they can’t sing a tune in front of a crowd from time to time at one of several Austin karaoke bars.

There are many options around Austin for those looking to sing some karaoke in front of friends or strangers. Here is a list of popular karaoke spots around the city, with the nights each venue opens its microphone to the karaoke singing public.

510 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 474-7091

Karaoke nights: nightly at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)

Tucked away in a covered parking lot lies Ego's, a popular karaoke dive bar with a single stage. Ego's has won several awards as the best karaoke spot in town, and the crowd is generally happy and heckler-free. Those interested in taking the stage should arrive early, as the wait to sing can be as long as two hours on crowded nights.

8440 Burnet Road | (512) 453-6796 | Song List

Karaoke nights: Nightly at 8 p.m. on the main stage (6 p.m. on Fridays, 10 p.m. on Tuesdays after trivia, private rooms also available)

The Common Interest has private rooms for parties of friends in addition to its main stage. Karaoke starts at 8 p.m. most nights. On weekdays before 7 p.m., the private rooms are available for no charge, except a two-item minimum food or drink purchase per person. Any other time, the small rooms are $25 per hour, and the large room is $50 per hour.

6808 N. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 323-9822 | Song List

Karaoke nights: nightly

This venue features nine private rooms which fit parties of eight, 15 or 20. It is open later than most places, until 4 a.m. during the week and 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

911 W. Anderson Lane | (512) 454-0911

Karaoke nights: Tuesday through Sunday (check website for hours)

Clean private rooms, great song selection and open until 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

1120 S. Lamar Blvd, | (512) 383-8309 | Song List

Karaoke nights: All week

While there is no permanent public karaoke at the Highball, the venue boasts seven themed private rooms available on a reservation basis. Room themes range from zombie fantasy and black metal to Super Mario and Jem (who is truly outrageous).

Various locations and nights | Song list

From their website: “for punk and indie rock fans who love to scream, yelp, croon, bark and sometimes even sing their favorites from artists like Bikini Kill, Black Flag, Modest Mouse, the Misfits, Cat Power, the Pixies, Dead Kennedys, Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Joy Division, Fugazi, Guided By Voices and many more.” 

11900 Metric Blvd. | (512) 836-6360

Karaoke nights: All week

7309 McNeil Drive | (512) 331-9831 

Karaoke nights: Wednesday-Friday (8 p.m.-close), Saturday (9 p.m.-close), Sunday 5:30-9:30 p.m.)

1779 Wells Branch Parkway | (512) 251-5554 | Song List

Karaoke nights: nightly

121 W. 8th St. | (512) 482-8993

Karaoke nights: Wednesday and Sunday, 9 p.m.

13233 Pond Springs Road | (512) 258-9717 

Karaoke nights: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

107 W. 5th St. | (512) 637-8888 

Karaoke nights: Thursday through Saturday

Chinatown Downtown sits between Congress Avenue and Colorado Street, serving a full dinner menu (and full bar) to karaoke singers. On karaoke nights, the doors stay open until 2 a.m.

1851 South Lakeline Blvd. | (512) 258-3388

Karaoke nights: nightly at 9 p.m.

5610 N. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 302-1090

Karaoke night: Thursday

If you're looking to pair karaoke with sushi, you're in luck. Karaoke at DK Sushi Restaurant starts around 7:30-7:45 p.m. Making a same day reservation is usually wise, as the time slots tend to fill up quickly.

509 E. Ben White Blvd. | (512) 443-8799

Karaoke nights: Tuesday and Saturday

6148 Highway 290 | (512) 892-3373

Karaoke night: Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

601 E. Whitestone Blvd. | (512) 259-3838 | Song List

Karaoke nights: nightly

109 E. Pecan St. | (512) 892-3373 

Karaoke nights: Wednesday through Saturday

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