The mic is hot, the karaoke machine is ready, and a crowd of friends and family sits nearby cheering you on. All that's left is to pick a tune. That's not an easy decision to make at August Karaoke Box, however.
In seven private rooms, touchscreen karaoke machines blast the music and videos for more than 130,000 songs, including Japanese, Korean, English, and Martian hits. Since the rooms are private, groups don’t have to worry about stage fright or waiting through long lines of other singers. But if they really want to show off their pipes, singers can take to the public stage and belt one out to an adoring crowd.
Open until 2 a.m., August Karaoke Box encourages customers to croon well into the wee hours of the morning. To keep these performers energized, the staff serves hot green tea and snacks, such as Japanese-style fried noodles. They also let patrons bring along their own food.
Cheers Tavern’s interior glows with its baker’s dozen of 51-inch high-definition TVs and its gargantuan 80-inch LED high-definition TV, which contributes to the pub’s lively, neighborly setting where regulars cheer on stock-car races, football games, and other sporting events. A menu of pub food, including wings by the dozen and a deep-fried cheeseburger, pairs harmoniously with the eight draft beers that flow freely from Cheers' taps. Guests can throw darts or play pool to stoke their own competitive fires, or they can see who can shatter the most beer mugs with high notes during Ultimate Karaoke on weekends.