A Korean karaoke bar, Nemo NYC furnishes private karaoke parties with flavorful cuisine and a variety of mixed drinks. Today's deal grants up to three aspiring warblers an hour in the private rooms of this Union Square saloon (an $8 value/person, per hour), providing ample opportunities to impress featherless friends with soulful renditions of their favorite birdcalls and Tina Turner hits. Between songs, sate stomach cravings with snacks ($3-–$12) including a slew of dupbap varieties ($8) or the Spice Girls spicy rice cakes with vegetables in sweet and spicy sauce ($9).
Settle into one of many urbanized nooks in the expansive reaches of Karaoke Boho, where private brick-lined lounge rooms come fully furnished with top-quality speaker boxes and crisp flatscreens. This generously sectioned-off space provides you and your backup singers the freedom to let loose on the mics with the safety of a buffer between you and crooning karaoke strangers. To loosen up the vocal chords, order some courage-boosting liquid concoctions such as melon balls, martinis, Long Islands, and other fine spirits ($7–$12 each).
A hangover from the days when Inwood was a largely Irish neighborhood, Piper’s Kilt is a classic Irish drinker. The bar opens at 11 a.m. and serves casual pub fare and predictable pints of Guinness all day. One of the hefty Kilt Burgers are a popular bet for soaking up the night’s booze supply, though less heavy salads and pastas make for workable alternatives. Wines can be ordered by the glass, and draft beers span local, regional and international influences. Vintage black and white sports photography hangs on the green walls near most of the wide booths, while the bar itself is long and worn after more than two decades of service. You don’t have to be Irish to hang out here, but the bartender certainly is; just show up any night, particularly on Saturdays evenings when live music takes over part of the space.
Since most people never experience the rush of belting beloved tunes in front of thousands of adoring fans, there are places like 5 Bar Karaoke Lounge to provide the next best thing. Spotlights, disco balls, and black lights illuminate amateur chanteuses as they take the stage in private rooms that hold groups of up to 18. A savory selection of small plates and platters such as edamame, seafood rice cakes, and chicken wings keep power-ballad singers fueled for their next heartfelt rendition, while draft beers heighten the feel-good atmosphere and placate friends who’ve lost their voice.