By Nick Houser. It doesn't matter if you're a social butterfly, American Idol wannabe, or sing in the shower only type of person, Sacramento has a karaoke bar that suits your needs. From live band backgrounds to private rooms, specialty bars to restaurants, there's a microphone waiting with your name on it. Here are a few of the best places to belt it out around Sacramento.
Marilyn’s on K
908 K St.
Karaoke Night: Thursday starting at 9 p.m. Bar Hours: Tue-Wed: 3 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Thu-Fri: 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sat: 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. Marilyn’s features live music every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from touring artists and bands. Tuesday hosts local artists for Industry Appreciation Night and $2 Bud Lights. Marilyn’s offers a bit of everything: a relaxed, comfortable setting (including outdoor patio), pool tables, video games, and dancing on the weekends. Its cleanliness, music, ambiance, prices, and drink selection are all very well noted. But perhaps the best thing about Marilyn’s is of course, Thursday night live band karaoke. For the brave and courageous, Marilyn’s provides the opportunity to dazzle the crowd, backed by the band, Rock On. Not many places let you unleash your inner-American Idol like Marilyn’s does.
9721 Folsom Blvd.
Karaoke Night: Upon reservation. Bar Hours: Mon-Sat 6 pm - 4 am; Sun 6 pm - 5 am. The complete opposite of Marilyn’s, Rurulala is designed for the more timid crowds. Those looking to karaoke, but only in front of intimate crowds of friends, look no further. For around $25 an hour your group can secure a private room all to yourselves. The restaurant is a beer and wine only facility, and remains open until 4 a.m. Stocked with nearly a dozen rooms of differing size, most will hold 15 guests comfortably.
1320 Del Paso Blvd.
Karaoke Night: Every night starting at 9 p.m. Bar Hours: Sun – Thurs: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri – Sat: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. In addition to the jam-packed calendar of live music and DJ events, the line-dancing, country music bar offers karaoke every night at 9 p.m. Dedicating the front room only to its singers and crooners, Stoney Inn provides the opportunity to sing in front of crowds without necessarily being the main focus of the entire building. Lucky for you (or them) guests have the ability to roam the other rooms at Stoney.
River City Saloon
916 2nd St.
Karaoke Night: Friday and Saturdays 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Bar Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 11 pm; Thu-Sun 11:30 am - 2 am. The Old Sacramento establishment hosts karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10 p.m. Join the fun and sing-a-long to your favorites until 1:30 a.m. With no cover charge either night and bartending backup singers, River City Saloon is one of the most entertaining karaoke bars in the area. RCS encourages patrons to keep the tunes going, playing music videos in between singers. Many drink specials are provided though times vary.
1630 J St.
Karaoke Night: Saturday 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Bar Hours: Weekdays 10am-10pm; Weekends 10am-12am. It would be a safe bet to pay a visit to Hamburger Patties for the karaoke or the food. Either way, you'll come out a winner. Offering guests the chance to voice their best, the karaoke stage is open Friday and Saturday from 9-11 p.m. Hamburger Patties offers one of the largest catalogs of song selections in Midtown. A dual bonus for the non-social butterflies talked into singing by their friends, the stage is pretty dimly lit, and the main seating area of the restaurant is another room. No matter how loud you sing though, the television screen in the main room begs the rest of the building to sing along.
Nick was born and raised in the Sacramento area where he continues to reside. He currently writes
entertainment and humor stories on his personal blog and contributes to a sports blog.