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Story by Kirsty Bryant
Weekend Pick: Spring Karaoke at Bar 7

You missed out on a chance to be the next American Idol back when it was still cool, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still show off your drunk singing talents!

Hit up Bar 7’s weekly karaoke event for a chance to get wasted and embarrass your friends…or get wasted and impress everyone. And pssssst! This Saturday is Crown XO Night. Open bar special starts at 9, happy hour starts at 10, and you don’t want to be late and miss a single minute of the action.

Come in and blow the crowd away!

When: Saturday, March 29th, 9pm

Where: Bar 7, 1015 1/2 7th St. NW, Washington, DC

Event Preview: Live Band Karaoke Friday at Clarke's Bar & Grille

Start memorizing the second verse to Livin’ on a Prayer now, because you’ve got a karaoke date on Friday. Clarke’s Bar & Grille offers you every would-be rock star's fantasy: singing in front of a captive audience with a live band. Every Friday from 10PM to 1:30AM, Clarke’s Bar turns into a live band karaoke venue. $1 domestic bottles and $4 fireball shots are there to help muster up the courage to belt out your faves. Why hole up in a room with a music box with a few friends when you can get a thundering guitar and a whole cheering crowd? This is how karaoke was always meant to be. Come to Clarke's on Friday, enter a man, leave a rock god.

Kristalbelli Opens New Juga Karaoke Lounge

Korean barbeque restaurant, Kristalbelli, launched the opening of their new Juga lounge this past Wednesday. The event was hosted by actress and model Byrdie Bell and featured DJ Brendan Fallis. The upstairs lounge is clad in black and gold, walls adorned with antique mirrors,
and candlelit tables. The lounge features its own menu of small bites and cocktails. The upstairs bar showcases specialty Korean liquors such as Makgeolli, and Korean rice wine, in Yuja and strawberry flavors. The lounge also offers a private karaoke room. Juga, which means drinking house in Korean, seems a perfect fit for this new upscale lounge. Already celebrities have come to belt out fun songs, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Sorum, Erin O'Connor, and more.

Ramen Heaven: The Obon Japanese Festival

Gather round Manhattanites, it's time to venture out. Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ is hosting a fun summer event not to be missed (and not hard to get to) August 18th.

Celebrate Obon, a traditional Japanese summer festival similar to Thanksgiving, where families gather to give thanks and honor family traditions. Outside of Mitsuwa Marketplace (the largest Japanese supermarket in the US), over fifteen vendors will be gathered doling out classic Japanese fare. Grab spoonfuls (er, chopstickfuls) of Ramen, Yakitori skewered chicken, yakisoba pan fried noodles, grilled lobster, and many more delicacies, all for a steal at $5 and below. There will also be Japanese festival games, as well as plenty of unique items from Japan inside the supermarket.

The Grand RE-Opening of Pulse

Itching for Karaoke? Yes, you are. Here’s good news! Pulse is having a Grand Re-Opening next Wednesday, July 18th.

Renovated and upgraded, Pulse is the most technologically advanced karaoke lounge East of the Hudson and West of the East River. Highlighted at the new lounge, iPad and audio/visual capabilities buddies up with new LED lights and a pulsating sound system that features 85,000 songs you’ll never get tired of singing.

Throwing a party for a friend or a company get-together? Pulse has six private suites for any occasion and a lounge that can cater up to 140 people.

The Weekly Restoration: Party Edition

What is it about Monday that breeds melancholia? Is it the ponderous distance from Friday, the insipid conflux of responsibility and duty, or the tethering embraces of socialization? Rumor has it that “everything that rises must converge,” therefore, rise we must: above the miasmic, ennui-inducing strands of our proletarian lots! So let us ascend from the ashes of ambition, and combat the stultifying grind of the “everyday” by indulging in a little frivolity.

Day by day we crawl towards salvation—the glorious beacon of freedom and fleeting mercy that is Friday—only to repeat the endless Tantalusian cycle anew by weekend’s end. In order to maintain homeostasis (as well as sanity) we must temper desire with duty, in this finely honed balancing act of existence. In that light, here’s the rundown of the weekly restoratives, guaranteed to revitalize and reinvigorate even the most jaded of souls!

November at 116

November is all the rage at 116 MacDougal. There are events up the wazoo happening at this historic venue and there is a 2-for-1 happy hour every night until 9pm (even during events). Whether you're into LOLing, poetry readings, singing till you have no voice or listening to others sing till they drop, there is an event (or two, or three...) for you at 116. Check out their schedule of events below!

For laughs:
Mondays 11/07, 11/14, 11/21 & 11/28, 8pm
Gaslight Refueled
Live stand-up with comics from Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, Howard Stern Show, NBC, BBC, WeTV, and more. Vicky Kuperman hosts. Karaoke follows!
No cover, no drink minimum, 2 for 1 drinks until 9pm

La Espanola Tapas Bar Inc.
October Overdrive at 116

September may have been slammin', but October is even better at 116. There are events galore happening at this historic venue and there is a 2-for-1 happy hour every night until 9pm (even during events). Whether you're into LOLing, poetry readings, singing your socks off, or listening to others sing their socks off, there is an event (or two, or three...) for you at 116. Check out their stellar schedule of events below!

Mondays, 8pm

Gaslight Refueled