Did you know that April is home to National Karaoke Week? (Off the record, the Westchester Magazine crew has itself been known to mount a sortie or two on local karaoke haunts.) So, in honor of this fun-loving hors d’oeuvre of self-indulgence, we’ve recommended some of the county’s best places to sing your way to 15 minutes of local fame.
Black Bear Sports Bar: not for the screamish?
From February through July, Black Bear hosts a Karaoke Idol elimination competition that awards $1,000 to the ultimate winner. But Black Bear staffer Niall Scannell says that plenty of vocally challenged folks also jump on the Tuesday-night bandwagon, to belt out some of their most cherished top-40 faves. 166 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.422.3270; www.blackbearsportsbarwp.com
Barney McNabbs: rock-god karaoke.
With its two 8’ screens, the show that NightStar DJ & Karaoke puts on here Thursday nights has not only won awards, it may just be the closest you’ll come within county limits to feeling like a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll frontman (groupies not included). 600 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers; 914.961.8960
dúo Tapas Bar & Lounge: karaoke with a side of pheromones
Hosted by Jose Vargas and DJ Megg, this Thursday-night be-there-if-you-dare event is arguably the spot for sexy karaoke in the county. In addition to the sultry clientele, there are $5 apps and mixed drinks, and $15 beer buckets and hookahs. 748 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers; 914.294.0034; www.duotapasbar.com
PETE’S Saloon: a minstrel mecca
Practically all of Westchester’s singing samurai know that Thursday is Spotlight Karaoke night at PETE’S Saloon, which has been a haven for amateur balladeers since 1989. What’s their secret? It’s Spotlight Entertainment’s Nick Moutakas, who really knows how to get ’em up and crooning on PETE’S elevated platform stage. 8 W Main St, Elmsford; 914.592.9849; www.petessaloon.com