Karaoke. It’s good, old-fashioned entertainment. IWho doesn’t love standing up in front of an audience of complete strangers and singing? Dust off those songs usually reserved for the commute or shower and get ready to shine at one of the best places in Detroit to go for the glory.
Northern Lights
660 W. Baltimore Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-1739
www.northernlightslounge.com

Two words: karaoke Sundays. Northern Lights is the place to be for college students attending Wayne State and the College for Creative Studies. The retro style and laid-back vibe makes this the perfect spot to throw back some cold ones. Hit this retro lounge up on Sundays for your chance to show off your killer singing skills. Northern Lights also features live music, a DJ spinning tunes and a dance floor for those times when the music moves you. Go ahead, strike a pose.

Temple Bar
2906 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-2822

The Temple Bar is one of the best places in the D for a stiff drink and conversation. And karaoke. A longtime favorite of the LGBT set and locals looking for a low-key night out. Located in the  Cass Corridor, this neighborhood watering hole sits in an area experiencing exponential growth. Stop in on a Friday night and experience some  rounds of karaoke. But those expecting to chill out may want to be prepared, Temple Bar is a really friendly place, and you may find yourself on stage by the end of the evening, singing your heart out to the crowd.

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Detroit Pub Greektown
1326 Brush St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-3500
www.facebook.com/detroitpubgreektown

Detroit Pub. Fridays. It’s your time to shine. Those into burgers and ballads sung by strangers should head down here after work. This bar serves standard bar fare alongside the one hit wonders everyone loves. This downtown establishment has a pretty thorough roster of songs to choose from, making it one of the best places to find your longtime fave — yeah, you know the one — and get up there and belt it out.

Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Road
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 882-8560
www.cadieuxcafe.com

Wednesdays are the day to swing down to Cadieux Cafe. Because karaoke. This quirky Belgian cafe comes to life after dark. And when karaoke starts… hold not tight, because you won’t know what hit you. Or you had one too many Belgian brews; there is, after all, a massive selection, and it’s hard to narrow it down. When karaoke sputters out, there’s always room for feather bowling. This unique court game is played in the adjacent space. Just gather your friends (or some strangers), pay a fee and get ready to begin the quest to become champion of feather bowling… or something like that.

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Rosie O’Grady’s
279 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 591-9163
www.rosieogradysirishpub.com/ferndale

If you just can’t seem to get enough of karaoke, Rosie O’Grady’s is where it’s at. Step up to the mic on any Sunday. They’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Usually, you’ll luck out and you won’t be the only one off-key. Give it your best shot, then listen as others take to the stage and belt it out.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.