Denver's ten best karaoke bars

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The scene at Ogden Street South.

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While there are a countless number of places to do karaoke around town, we've picked the ten best spots to conjure your inner crooner. Some of these places cater to singers every night of the week, while others only do karaoke on specific nights. Page down to see which spots made the list. Did your favorite make the cut? Did we leave out your favorite haunt? Let us know.

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Karaoke gets going on Friday and Saturday nights at El Charrito in Denver.

10. El Charrito (2100 Larimer Street)

While El Charrito has been one of downtown's classic dives since it opened five decades ago, the spot made a comeback a few years ago with new owners. Sure, it's a great bar for cheap drinks, but it's also one of the few places you'll find karaoke on the weekends in the Ballpark Neighborhood. Fridays and Saturday nights usually start off fairly tame, but by 11 p.m. or so, the place is jumping.

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Charolette Bemis and Tasia Sinn sing "Someone to Call My Lover" by Janet Jackson. "[My friend] Jason chose it," Sinn says.

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The room empties as quickly as it fills Friday and Saturday nights at El Charrito in Denver.

Location Info

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El Charrito

2100 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Ogden Sports Bar

103 S. Ogden St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

3 Kings Tavern

60 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Bender's Tavern - CLOSED

314 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Star Bar

2137 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Charlie Brown's Bar & Grill

980 Grant St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Dubb's Pub

5301 S. Broadway, Littleton, CO

Category: Music

Park Centre Lounge

12011 N. Pecos St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Armida's Restaurant

840 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Rear Inn Lounge

4991 W. 80th Ave., Westminster, CO

Category: Music

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28 comments
markfaster
markfaster

Thanks Jon Solomon, you Rock! XOXOXO

Alissa Smalls
Alissa Smalls

I figured you guys had updated this story from last year....but no. Still have the worst karaoke bar ever as #2 (Armida's is great for terrible food and pretentious people). Still have Benders on here, which no longer exists (Johnny Cash's face has long since been replaced with some d-bag looking hipster art). Still some great picks on here, but you shouldn't be posting stories from over a year ago like they're something new.

Laura Rutter-Carnival
Laura Rutter-Carnival

That's hilarious I was just there last week and it was pretty happening though I didn't like the dj as much as Katie Bandimere

djtonyg84
djtonyg84

"Field Of Dreams" by Roy Orbison???? Try "In Dreams"!!! WOW! Nice research! NOT!

Heather Bond
Heather Bond

Erm, Benders is no longer Benders. Time to update and maybe keep it to 2 pages.

Stephanie Peace
Stephanie Peace

Laura Rutter-Carnival and Katie Bandimere #10 on the list is The Rear Inn. Aww, those were the days.

Rob Salyers
Rob Salyers

Spread across ten pages. Really, Westword? I probably could have lived with five pages, but this is ridiculous. You were shooting for ten clicks, but you only got one from me.

Marti Babb
Marti Babb

Charlie Brown's was... I don't drink anymore though so Karaoke isn't as much fun LOL

sharell.young
sharell.young

Decided because of this article to visit number one...and was highly disappointed. Don't get me wrong the bar is great, bartenders and staff are awesome, patrons are friendly-ish...though most can't carry a tune in a bucket (the worst of which I am listening to right now murdering "i told you so") ...the way things are run suck. They started late, had absolutely no announcements, no instructions on how things are run...the kj was rude and very unfriendly. We were here for 3 hours before they started the new rotation...on a good note, it is a big bar, the dance floor is nice, and the stage is cool...but I will not be coming back here. Park centere lounge and dubbs pub are my 2 favorites on the list...I want to know who the hell decided this place was the best so I can slap them.

Kinsinna4
Kinsinna4

That's too bad that Maloney's Tavern didn't make the list!  With $4 You-Call-Its (including TOP SHELF!) that certainly makes for a fun time during their weekly Wednesday Karaoke nights!Maloney's Tavern1432 Market St.

Erik with a goddamn K
Erik with a goddamn K

JFC I'm with Gabriel on the page load thing.....spent as couple mins looking for the "print article" button, didn't find it, now I'm grouchy and don't give a shit about catching up on westword.  Brutally honest perhaps but maybe you can use the feedback.  Later taters...

Adam Alacran
Adam Alacran

#Correction: The song Scorpio Steele sung was "In Dreams". "Field of Dreams" is a Kevin Costner movie.

Keri Fox
Keri Fox

Thanks for making me look pretty, Jon. The only thing missing from the artical are the names of The "KJ's". They are what makes or breaks the show, The Rear Inn, has Sean Foreman in charge of making us sound Grrrrreeeeat!

Amyr213
Amyr213

Forgotten was Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill - they do LIVE BAND karaoke on Tuesday nights. You get to get up on stage and have an actual band play behind you! It's so much fun!

Rusty Shackleford
Rusty Shackleford

There is no such thing as a "best" Karaoke (Japanese for "tone deaf") bar.

Star
Star

Littleton and Westminster are NOT Denver

Jake Browne
Jake Browne

El Charrito also has a ticker that runs across the bottom of their screens with "The List" so you know exactly when you're up. Excellent feature.

GabrielRuzin
GabrielRuzin

10 pages for 10 bars? Really, Westword?

Put this in a format that doesn't make it obvious that you're whoring for page views and maybe I'll read it.

David
David

And yes it's me: "Sugar Bear"!  

KO
KO

 just select the "Print Article" button to the right of the comments button and a new tab will open with all the content in one page

Nick Lucchesi
Nick Lucchesi

 Hi Gabe, We wanted to split the content across ten pages so each bar would be on its own page and users could avoid having their browsers load 30 images, all at about 200 KB each, on a single page. Thanks for the feedback.

Nick Lucchesiweb editor

GabrielRuzin
GabrielRuzin

And thank you for the reply, Nick. The 'give each bar its own page' part is reasonable. But the image loading excuse is really only valid if I'm trying to load web pages with a dial-up modem in a cabin behind Blackhawk. I think I'll stick with my original assessment. It's not like you're the only site that does it, after all.

Nick Lucchesi
Nick Lucchesi

You might be surprised at the number of users who operate their browser with 15 open tabs, which can bring speed down to glacial levels. 

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