R5 Best Local Karaoke Bars For Each Day of the Week

Karaoke can be found all over Westchester nowadays. If you’re an enthusiast, you probably k­now that “karaoke” means “empty orchestra” in Japanese—but if you visit these venues, there’s nothing empty about them. You have a chorus of friends supporting you, no matter how skilled you are (or aren’t), and some bars house serious talent. Here are a few to try on different days of the week. 

Black Bear Saloon, White Plains
(914) 422-3270; blackbearwp.com
A perennial favorite that sometimes features “Karaoke Idol,” it draws the Big League Kickball crowd every Tuesday. Declares General Manager Ryan McBride, “It’s a great local crowd. Around ten o’clock, they’re all looking for the microphone.”
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Yonkers
(914) 968-4200; empirecitycasino.com
Folks from Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey come to an enormous, rainbow-shaped stage with purple, pink, yellow, and silver colors arcing above. Anna Vitagliano, owner of Starlite Karaoke, runs the production at the casino’s Entertainment Lounge, featuring stadium seating with a bar at the top. “You have the audience’s full attention, and everyone looks right at you,” says singer David Jean-Jacques.

Davy Byrnes, Port Chester
(914) 937-2106
This late-night spot has a rectangular bar that’s so huge you could run laps around it. True Irishmen Vince Fury and Donie Haert tend bar, making it feel like a genuine Dublin pub. If you nail a song, expect to get many shoulder slaps from appreciative audience members. It may make you feel victorious.

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Pete’s Saloon & Restaurant, Elmsford
(914) 592-9849; petessaloon.com
Pete’s has been hosting karaoke since 1989. And you don’t just stand up and sing; Pete’s has a stage and lighting. “Anybody in Westchester will tell you they have been here at one time,” says veteran host Nick Moustakas of Spotlight Entertainment.

Barney McNabbs, Yonkers
(914) 961-8960; barneymcnabbs.com
An award-winning show with two eight-foot screens, the NightStar DJ & Karaoke-run evening features a full stage, so rock ‘n’ roll types can get the complete experience. While Barney McNabbs doesn’t serve food, the music and drinks more than suffice here.

Honorable Mentions:
Don Coqui (New Rochelle), Maggie Spillane’s Ale House (Mount Vernon), Wicked Wolf Tavern (White Plains), Duo Tapas Bar & Lounge (Yonkers), Thornwood Ale House (Thornwood), Vintage Lounge & Restaurant (White Plains), Fire Pit Tavern (Armonk), Undisputed Sports Bar and Grill (Yonkers), The Tavern at Croton Landing (Croton on Hudson).

Top Karaoke Companies:
NightStar DJ & Karaoke, Justine Faith
(914) 720-3231; nightstardj.com
Starlite Karaoke, Anna Vitagliano
(203) 448-0901
Spotlight Entertainment, Nick Moustakas
(914) 500-7947


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