Karaoke Bars in San Rafael

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At Tokyo Shabu Sushi Restaurant, sushi masters slice up delicate sashimi and handrolled maki while chefs put flame to chicken katsu, teriyaki steak, and umami udon noodle soups. But the crew also takes their flavors a step beyond the offerings of many other Japanese restaurants. The menu has a knack of blending Japanese and western influences, as seen in teriyaki-style New York strip steak and a creamy cheesecake dessert made with earthy green tea. Potent sake cocktails and frosty Japanese beers go with just about any dish and help visitors work up the courage to perform their spoken-word versions of "Purple Rain" during weekend karaoke.

3044 Hilltop Mall Rd
Hilltop Mall,
CA
US

Asian and American karaoke styles join forces at Pandora Karaoke & Bar, whose moodily lit space hosts both an open stage for crowd-friendly crooners and 15 private rooms for groups. In either setting, singers scroll through Super Master touch-screen karaoke systems to choose from more than 100,000 songs in languages including English, Mandarin Chinese, and Frank Sinatra’s native pig Latin. Wireless microphones then capture crooning voices as lyrics scroll across 50-inch plasma TVs, serenading spectators as they munch sushi and Asian-fusion fare from the menu. Inside private rooms, colorful cushioned banquettes host groups of up to 40 harmonizers beneath themed decorations such as brewery logos or a rebus representing the complete lyrics to “Eye of the Tiger.”

177 Eddy St
San Francisco,
CA
US

The Three Faces of Playground

Korean Food

Playground serves up classic Korean dishes and a few American standards, whether you’re fueling up before a long night of karaoke or stopping in for a few happy hour bites. Bibimbap comes in beef or spicy seafood varieties, while a house sauce sweetens thin-sliced bulgogi. Shareable finger foods, such as popcorn chicken and garlic fries, make grabbing a bite between songs easy.

Soju

Soju—a Korean spirit that’s generally made with rice—is similar to vodka but lower in ABV. This smooth liquor dominates the drink menu and can be ordered on its own or in one of many tantalizing fruity cocktails, such as lychee or mango. But it’s not all about soju. The drink list also offers domestic and European beers, along with Korean brews like Hite and OB. A full liquor selection rounds out the choices, including 17 different whiskey options.

Private Karaoke Rooms

Guests gather in Playground’s private karaoke rooms, which can hold up to 20 people or 5 hyenas. Lyrics flicker on a flat-screen television as singers croon, cushioned by leather banquettes. Note that a food and beverage minimum applies to private room rental.

1705 Buchanan St
San Francisco,
CA
US

At Knet Karaoke, patrons can take the mic any night of the week. And they won't have to suffer through a stranger's rendition of "I'm a Little Teapot," because karaoke kings and queens perform in their own private chambers. Behind the crimson door to each room, some of which hold up to 22 people, low banquettes offer cozy seating and glossy tables reserve noshes chosen from the menu. Wireless microphones enable performers to work the room, dancing to the melody or crowd surfing to Hilary Duff's rock hits.

870 Taraval St
San Francisco,
CA
US

By the Numbers: YamaSho

  • 12 specialty sushi rolls
  • 22 grilled items on the yakimono menu
  • 30+ types of sake
  • 10 themed karaoke rooms for small, medium, or large groups
  • 100,000+ songs available, including current pop hits and classics
  • 1-hour minimum charge to rent out a karaoke room
  • 2 a.m. closing time nightly

1161 Post St
San Francisco,
CA
US

1504 Fillmore St
San Francisco,
CA
US