The Best Karaoke Bars in New Haven County

July 28, 2011 9:00 AM

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By Taylor Trudon

Finding the courage to take the stage and sing karaoke in front of a roomful of strangers can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean finding the perfect venue has to be. From Irish pubs to Italian restaurants famous for their meatballs and their karaoke, we’ve selected the top locations for you to belt out your best Bruce Spingsteen.
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Black Bear Saloon

124 Temple St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 562-2327
Karaoke Hours: Sun –Thurs: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Fri –Sat: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Voted Best Karaoke Bar by New Haven’s Advocate, this pub-style restaurant is the ideal venue to grab a late-night burger, while singing a couple of tunes. Only a walking distance from Yale University, Black Bear Saloon’s fun atmosphere welcomes everyone from college students looking to take a break from the books to those looking to throw back a couple of drinks with friends to kick-off the weekend. Starting at 9 p.m., head down to Black Bear on a Wednesday night, where you can steal a couple of French fries before showing off you best rendition of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.”

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Wicked Wolf Tavern

144 Temple St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-0450
Karaoke Hours: Mon – Thurs: 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Fri – Sat: 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Located right down the street from the Black Bear Saloon, you don’t have to be Irish to have a good time at the Wicked Wolf Tavern. Boasting detailed woodwork and  “traditional Irish décor,” enjoy a pint of Guinness or a $3 Twisted Tea on Twisted Karaoke Tuesdays. Whether you love Irish or American cuisine, Wicked Wolf has the best of both worlds—just don’t sing “Gleensleeves.”

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La Luna Ristorante

168 North Main Street
Branford, CT 06405
Karaoke Hours: M – F: 11:30 a.m. till closing, Saturday: 1:00 p.m. till closing, Sunday: 10:30 a.m. till closing

Coming in at second place for Best Italian Restaurant voted by Connecticut Magazine, La Luna Ristorante will not only leave your taste buds satisfied after a classic meal of spaghetti and meatballs, but it will also leave your inner-Freddie Mercury satisfied too. An “upscale yet comfortable setting,” when you’re finished polishing off your dinner, head over to the lounge on a Wednesday night for some karaoke. Voted Best Karaoke in 2008 and 2009, visit La Luna for a night to satisfy your stomach and your vocals.

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The Brass House Restaurant

2620 South Main Street
Waterbury, CT
Open 24 hours

Got a late craving for buffalo chicken fingers? That’s nothing that The Brass House can’t fix. While you’re munching on your appetizer, get a taste of country on Wednesday nights at the lounge, where you’ll find country line dancing and karaoke. If you still haven’t had your karaoke fix, swing by on Friday and Saturday night for more karaoke (but minus the country theme). According to Associated Content, The Brass House is one of the most popular karaoke venues in the area, boasting more than 5,000 songs for selection.

Taylor Trudon is a recent University of Connecticut journalism graduate. She has contributed to,, The Huffington Post and the USA Today College Blog.

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