Top 5 Karaoke Bars in Myrtle Beach
Why pay good money to go to a concert when you can be the star of the show yourself? The Grand Strand has plenty of places where you can be seen and heard at karaoke bars and open-mic nights.
The explosion of TV shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" has given regular wallflowers the courage to get up and belt out a tune in front of total strangers. But it's a great way to have fun with friends and make some new ones, especially at these karaoke hot spots:
* Broadway Louie's: This Broadway at the Beach bar knows how to put on a show and let the patrons be the stars. Known as a sports bar and arcade/game room, Broadway Louie's also has a huge stage with professional lighting and sound. Best of all, Louie's holds open karaoke seven nights a week during the summer months.
* Bummz Beach Cafe: This popular oceanfront bar in downtown Myrtle Beach has bands during the daytime, but turns the mic over to guests at night to perform on the outdoor stage. This show attracts a lot of bikini-clad singers and spectators from the beach just a few steps away for a true Myrtle Beach karaoke experience.
* Crocodile Rocks: This Broadway at the Beach piano/comedy bar isn't your traditional karaoke venue. Dueling pianists play popular sing-along songs and invite patrons on stage to join in. Have a good sense of humor and some thick skin because the regular musicians love to dish at jokes at your expense, but it's all in good fun.
* O-D Bar & Arcade: This North Myrtle Beach institution is known for beach music and shag dancing, the state dance that was founded on local dance floors in the 1950s. But the mic gets turned over to patrons when there's no live music scheduled, and the crowd is fun and festive. Friendly tip: Pick a beach-music classic and the whole bar might join in.
* Pine Lakes Tavern: If you play an instrument but don't have a backup band, here's your chance. Tuesday night is Open Jam Night at this neighborhood bar and grill, with experienced host musicians playing together and giving newcomers the chance to try out their tunes on a nice crowd.
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