With leopard-print couches, dark goth lighting and a futuristic vibe, this karaoke club offers mobile microphones so you can dance around as you sing. The drinks are reasonable priced and there are often birthday and bachelorette parties as well as smaller groups, especially late night.
- AM New York
Best Karaoke Songbook Going Sadly Underutilized - Planet Rose
Say "karaoke on Avenue A" to an East Villager and he'll probably think you mean the private rooms of Sing Sing. I suggest being a little more public with your warbling. Instead of singing like a caged bird, amble uptown a few blocks on any given weeknight to Planet Rose, home to an astonishingly girthy songbook that spans the '50s to the present with few grievous oversights. As an added plus, patrons are welcome to sing from their seats at the bar if they're too shy or drunk to make it to the garish side-room stage. One recent night I sat all by my lonesome singing the forgotten 1989 Roachford hit "Cuddly Toy"; the kindly bartender bought me a sympathetic vodka shot. Afterward, she and her co-host launched into a note-perfect (and irony-free) rendition of Air Supply's "All Out of Love." If they have these two songs, they have whatever you've been secretly pining to belt out. So give 'em some love. (Joseph McCombs)
-Best of 2006 Village Voice
There's no excuse for stage fright -- because there's no stage. That's one of the reasons why this East Village bar and lounge is one of the more unique and popular karaoke joints in the city. Downtowners can drop in, down a few cocktails and start belting 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' on the wireless mic without ever standing up from their barstools. Another option is to lounge on the zebra-print banquettes or blend into the futuristic, interplanetary glow of the counter (back in the day, a wireless mic probably seemed like a futuristic idea). The decor here is techno-neo-noir, with a metallic exterior and a dark Japanese-red color scheme dominating the smallish space. A great place for private or birthday parties, the place is packed late into the night, really the only time when a Village People/Vanilla Ice medley can be mistaken for a pretty darn good idea.
-Aol City Guide
This karaoke hideaway has that small, local charm to it, even though
the yards of animal-print upholstery doesn't exactly scream down to
earth. Speaking of screaming, the karaoke scene at Planet Rose is
laidback, fun, and all-inclusiveóeven the bartenders get involved. The
brave, or more likely, drunk, performers don't even have to leave
their barstoolóthe bartender will bring the wireless mic to the
singer. (Talk about the diva treatment.) If bartender Missy is around
she'll make you her signature flaming shot, which is appropriately
called "Missy Likes to Set Things on Fire." Planet Rose is all around
a fun place to hang out with friends or host a party. By the end of
the night, the leopard print will grow on you, as will the guy singing
show tunes. Then again, that's probably just the liquor speaking.