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Best Karaoke Bars In Hartford

January 11, 2011 9:15 AM

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(credit: www.mckinnonsirishpub.com)
Who doesn’t love Karaoke? OK, so some people don’t. But going with a group of friends to perform or watch karaoke can offer some memorable entertainment any night. So, why not grab some of your best buds, dust off the lyrics to some favorite tunes and belt out a song at the best karaoke bars in Hartford? - Nicole Roberge

McKinnon’s

114 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 524-8174
mckinnonsirishpub.com

Right across from the XL Center is McKinnon’s Irish pub and restaurant. So after a Monday night basketball game or concert, head on over and see if you can match up with some fellow friends from Hartford taking on some tricky tunes. All styles are covered, even traditional Irish ballads, which are a real treat. It creates a great atmosphere and makes it more fun to watch when there is a special element to the night. Admission is free, and karaoke begins at 9 p.m. on Mondays.

Butterfly Restaurant/Koi Lounge

831 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, Ct.
(860) 236-2816

For the best karaoke in Hartford, you can do a double dose of fun at the Butterfly Restaurant/Koi Lounge, opens the stage on Friday and Saturday nights – making it one of the most popular in the Hartford area. This is the real deal, the type of venue that might appeal to karaoke singers who think they really could be on “American Idol.” They’ve got great sound equipment so even if you don’t sing great, the audio quality will give your performance a boost. Karaoke nights are always a big deal, so get there early (begins at 9:30 p.m., with no cover charge) and plan to stay late. Crowds get so into it that they run until closing time.

Gilo’s Cafe

389 Main St.
East Hartford, CT
(860) 568-4771
giloscafe.com

If you love rock, then roll on over to Gilo’s Café. Though they welcome any style for their Saturday night Karaoke, hard rock and heavy metal tend to take center stage. This is where you show your true skills. Don’t shy away because the crowd is geared towards heavier music. Go in and show them up with a beautiful ballad. It will leave them with a memorable night. Karaoke Night at Gilo’s begins at 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and there is no charge.

Zen Bar

317 Farmington Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 747-8886
zenbar.com

When it comes to Karaoke and live bands, Zen is arguably the best there is. Voted by Hartford Advocate as one of the best in Hartford County, Zen for the last 10 years has provided customers with a safe, clean, relaxing environment where you can watch bands, sing a tune or enjoy a drink. They also have free high speed internet, state of the art sound systems, plasma TVs, a full stage and a large screen projection systems. They also cater private parties and in the summer, have outdoor areas to relax. Check out their Website for a band calendar. Karaoke happens multiple times during the week. Get there and get some Zen.

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