Karaoke Bars in Orange County, CA

So you're looking for some good karaoke in Orange County. After doing a quick search, I found that there were no good sites that had detailed reviews of karaoke places around the OC. For shame! Since these places tend to be varied in their fun factor and atmosphere, it's scary to aimlessly pick a place and hope for the best. Luckily, I plan on helping you in your quest for finding a good karaoke spot.

I hope you've already read my 10 Best and Worst Karaoke Songs to Sing hub so you don't embarrass yourself before going to any of these joints. If not, go read that before or after reading this. Here are my honest reviews of the karaoke places I've been to in Orange County, CA.

Me and a friend singin at Elvis Karaoke
Me and a friend singin at Elvis Karaoke

Elvis Karaoke Studios, Fountain Valley

Pros: Bring 2 friends or 10 friends, you pay for your own personal room (named after famous musicians like Elvis), and you don't have to wade through drunk people to get to the stage.

Fun for those who get stage fright or don't like singing in front of strangers- it's easier to make a fool of yourself at Elvis because less people are watching you!

You always get to pick the songs that are sung, and you don't have to listen to some old guy sing country songs all night (a SERIOUS pro). They've got a pretty great song selection here…I love my 80s and random pop music, and there was plenty of that to choose from. They even had Disney songs! They've got the books of Asian songs too, if that's what you're seeking.

Cons: It ain't free. Rooms cost a fee per hour you're in them. You also can't booze it up- they have a no alcohol rule. They do, however, have lots of (semi-overpriced) sodas and snacks you can purchase.

You have to work the karaoke machine yourself and put the songs in with a remote. It's not hard, but it does get glitchy sometimes. Some of the songs we put in didn't take, and there was one song we just couldn't get to play.

Welcome to Pineapple Hill.... (it's amazing what you can find on YouTube)

Pineapple Hill Grill and Saloon, Tustin

Pros: Plenty of space for you and your party to spread out. Sit at the bar, take over a couch or grab a table. It doesn't seem to get overcrowded here, so you're bound to have a spot to sit. Drinks are also reasonably priced.

Another huge pro (especially for attention whores): you can sing anywhere in the entire bar! There's no stage, but instead they've strategically placed flat screen TVs on the walls- pick any screen to help you with the lyrics. You can sing while you're sitting, you can stand up and sing OR you can be obnoxious and walk around while you sing (I did and it was fun).

The crowd seems to be pretty cool here, and the amount of stupid drunks isn't as substantial as most karaoke bars. If you're looking for a supportive crowd, this is the place. 

Cons: There's no stage. If you're not a karaoke person, singing here can be real awkward. If you choose to stand, you'll probably be standing right next to a bunch of strangers while you sing. Not for the weak-hearted.

Also, this can be kind of an old people hangout. Though they tend to congregate at the bar and may not pay attention to your singing, this is not the best place to make new friends if you're under 50.

The karaoke DJ allows people to sing anything (at least when I went), which I think tends to be more of a con than a pro. We had to listen to a bunch of depressing Sarah MacLachlan songs because the same girl kept putting them in...karaoke DJ didn't stop depressed girl at all, which would have been nice.


Taka-O, San Clemente

Pros: This is the ultimate karaoke party bar in Orange County. It's everything you think of when you hear karaoke bar: it's loud, everybody is wasted by 11pm and people mostly sing fun songs that everybody knows. It's also a Japanese/sushi restaurant...great if you're hungry (but the restaurant doesn't stay open as long as the bar does).

Taka-O is open every night for karaoke. It starts at 8pm Sunday through Thursday and 9pm Friday and Saturday. After 9pm, you gotta be 21 to be in here; but you can bring your kids for karaoke from 8-9pm.

The crowd is usually crazy here. If they don't like something you're singing, you'll know it (this is where I've gotten groans and sighs). But if you sing something they do like, you'll be a big hit. This crowd looooves singing along, so you'll never feel like you're alone on the stage. People are mostly friendly too and will often give high fives to their favorite singers.


Cons: The usual karaoke DJ is a stickler when it comes to song choice. You won't get to sing just anything here- he tends to favor the 80s rock songs: Guns N Roses, Journey, anything that sounds similar. If you like singing opera or anything weird, I guarantee you'll never get to go up and sing. He also seems to dislike most pop songs, just to warn you.

There are never enough tables for everyone to sit because it's a small bar. Get here early if you want a table, especially if you've got a good sized group with you. As the night goes on, tons of people end up standing and fill the areas in between tables. Don't come here if you're claustrophobic!

This place is a straight up bar, so also don't come here if you hate being bumped into, almost having a drink spilled on you or having people yell at you from the stage. Also: smokers love coming here (karaoke DJ smokes too), and they leave the door open where all the smokers smoke, so avoid this place if that bothers you.


American Idol contestants sing at Taka-O?

Patsy's Irish Pub, Mission Viejo

Pros: Another place that has karaoke every night. I like the stage here because it's in the corner...it allows singers to choose between standing in plain sight or being semi-hidden by the huge TV. If you're a shy karaoke goer, this is a good place to start.

The atmosphere here is chill. It's a more laid back karaoke place where people tend to sit and enjoy the singers. Crowd here doesn't seem to get rowdy, and the bonus of this place is that it's split down the middle with a wall- the karaoke room is essentially separated from the bar area, so you can escape to the bar area if you're tired of watching.

There are a good number of tables here, but it does fill up. So get here at a fairly decent time (my guess would be before 11pm) and you should find a place to sit. Also: the karaoke DJ when I went was really nice and seriously appreciates people who can sing decently.


Cons: REALLY weird people hang out here. This is the karaoke place on this list where you have the best chance of being bothered by a total stranger. And it's because this place tends to attract crazies. I couldn't tell you why, but it's the darn truth.

If you're looking for karaoke excitement, this isn't your place. It's so mellow, it can be boring for those of you who are used to crazy places like Taka-O. People sing their songs, sometimes people sing along, everyone claps, and they move onto the next song.

And to be honest, Patsy's doesn't really attract the best singers. So if you have a good ear, you might be a bit pained by some of the people who like singing here. [When I went, my friends and I seemed to be the only group who could sing well-and the DJ told us so.]

Plush Karaoke Lounge, Irvine

Pros: This karaoke place is BOTH plush and lounge. It's like Elvis where you reserve a room for you and your buddies, but this karaoke place was much nicer than Elvis. Rooms were comfy, and they have actual food you can order and a huge menu of drinks (boba, soda, even some alcohol like beer).

Song selection here was good. They have a book for Asian songs, then another book for English songs. They had tons of hilarious pop songs that my friends and I had a blast singing. Song selection was pretty current too, better than some karaoke bars I've been to.

The other great part about this place is their hours. Mon-Fri they're open 7pm-2am. Sat-Sun they're open 3pm-2am. Staff is accommodating. When we went in, they didn't have any rooms available. They offered to call us when a room opened up, which was cool because this place is in a shopping center with a bunch of places to eat/drink/hang out.

Cons: Again, like Elvis, you gotta pay to karaoke here. The prices seemed pretty standard for the rooms, but you could end up spending a good chunk of change here if you get food and drinks as well. Plush seems like a busy karaoke lounge, so it might not be the best place to stroll into if you're looking for a room right away.

The system here was a little hard to figure out at first. We struggled for a good 15 minutes to get the hang of it, but it's fine once you realize how it works. They explained it to us. We were just slow at picking it up.

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Kellen 6 years ago

This is a fantastic review although all of your reviews of karaoke bars are in south Orange County which makes me sad. :(


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M. Rose 6 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Sorry Kellen...these are all the karaoke bars I've been to. I've been to one in Pasadena, but only one. Don't worry, I'm always seeking new karaoke bars, so I'm sure I'll be able to do another review hub soon! :)

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!


Kevin 6 years ago

Thank you for the reviews! I have been looking for a place to have a get-together when I come back to visit California later this month, and like you, have not found a good site to help! I am looking for a place that I can rent a private room for about 20 - 30 people. Elvis might be a bit too small. I was a vocalist in college and many of my friends are excellent singers so standing in a bar listening to bad singers is not on our agenda. I remember there used to be a place near the Huntington Pier called Mr K's. I think it is gone now but they had a room that could hold close to 20 people. Any ideas? Thanks again!!!


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M. Rose 6 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

You're very welcome Kevin! I do think Elvis is too small for 20-30 people....there's a place in Irvine that's like Elvis, looks like it might hold that many people: http://www.yelp.com/biz/plush-karaoke-lounge-irvin... I've never been there, but I've heard it's nice. Hope that helps, have fun when you go!


LesTheKJ 5 years ago

Please come by and check out my shows in both South and North OC. Monday nights 8:30p-1:30a @ TIME OUT TAVERN in Aliso Viejo - 27822 Aliso Creek Road (corner of Liberty)18+. FREE 2 get in. Tuesday nights 9p-1:30a @ IN CAHOOTS Fullerton - 1401 S. Lemon Street (1/2 block from the 91 freeway). 21+. $5.00 (text me ASAP at 714 510-1609 to get in FREE!)and Wednesday nights 7p-12a @ SWALLOWS INN San Juan Capistrano - 31786 Camino Capistrano. 21+. FREE admission. Email me at vip4entertainment@yahoo.com to ask me any questions, see if I have songs you like to sing...or to let me know something about my shows you liked or didn't like...I will do my best to fix the didn't likes :) - Les


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M. Rose 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks for the info Les! I didn't know any of those places had karaoke. I appreciate you stopping by!


Jeff 5 years ago

Check out Bobby D's. I'd love to read what you think. Karaoke is Tues-Sunday night


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M. Rose 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks for the tip Jeff! I wrote it down...will have to make a trip there with my karaoke girls.


Patrick 5 years ago

Try Sporty's bar in Corona. Dive bar for sure, but Karaoke every Friday and saturday till around 11pm--then DJ only. Cheap drinks. No food. Hole in the wall and sort of rural area. very few people ahead of you to sing.

DJ is game for any song he has and he has a lot.


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M. Rose 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks Patrick, I'll keep that in mind! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.


the_gaslamp 5 years ago

M. Rose,

the GASLAMP RESTAURANT and BAR in Long Beach (near CSULB) now has Karaoke Wednesdays. With over 78,000 songs to choose from, great food, and great drinks this place is a HIT!

It was also featured in this weeks OC WEEKLY... check it out!

http://www.ocweekly.com/events/karaoke-wednesdays-...


airmichael2000 5 years ago

Come Check Out Pierce Street Annex in Costa Mesa on 17th Street. They have amazing Karaoke every Monday night from 9pm to 12. It is always great fun. I especially love the bartenders and regulars who are very friendly/diverse. I have been to 5 different Karaoke Bars and this is by far my favorite place for Karaoke in Orange County. They also give out prizes for Best Performance and Best Vocalist every Monday. the crowds vary some nights it is packed and everyone sings along and other nights a little more mellow and people will just watch/have a drink with an occasional good job or high five. DJ Daniel is also one of the coolest DJ's I have ever met. Come Check it out and tell me what you think.


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M. Rose 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks for the tip, the_gaslamp! Sounds like a fun place.

airmichael2000, I've been to Pierce Street Annex before, but not during karaoke night. Good to know that you like it best...I'll have to check it out. Thanks for commenting!


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MosLadder 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

Taka-O! Brings back memories. Nice job on this hub!


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M. Rose 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks MosLadder! Gotta love Taka-O :)


pamela 5 years ago

bobbys d's is booooooooooring!! a bunch of old folks singing old country songs..used to be a fun place...don't know what happened...trust me not worth the trip :(


MissCryss 5 years ago

Woody's Wharf in Newport Beach has karaoke every Tuesday, which I ALWAYS attend because I am a karaoke whore and I love to sing....lol That aside.... the KJ is awesome and has a great song selection (no song/guide books needed, just tell him what you want to sing). The atmosphere is really nice and it is rarely over crowded. Overall, good food, great drinks, and awesome karaoke!


Amber 5 years ago

Nadine's Irish Mist in Sunset Beach has a fabulous Karaoke DJ every Wed nighty! They have a great stage, a great atstatmosphere and he can play the newest of new for you from his laptop! Best Karaoke Night in OC!


LesTheKJ 5 years ago

LES'S UPDATED KARAOKE SCHEDULE:

Mondays (all ages)- 6:30p-10:30p Digg's Restaurant in HB

Tuesdays (18+)- 8p-1:30a Time Out Tavern in Aliso Viejo

Wednesday (21+)- 7p-12a Swallows Inn in San Juan Cap

Thursday (21+)- 8:30p-1:30a Chaser's Lounge in Orange


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M. Rose 5 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

MissCryss, Amber & LestheKJ: Thanks for all the info. It's been WAY too long since I've gone karaoke-ing with my girls...I gotta change that and visit some of these places!


FRIENDS 4 years ago

We have our first of many Karaoke nights starting tonight September 27th at 8pm. We have taco Tuesday specials 8pm-10pm including $3 house margaritas and domestic drafts, $2 Corona, Corona Light and Pacifico bottles and $1.50 tacos! Happy hour starts at 10pm. Spin the prize wheel when you sign up to sing!!! 31911 Dove Canyon Dr Trabuco Canyon 92679 949.709.1010


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M. Rose 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

FREINDS: Thanks for sharing!


Sweet-E 4 years ago

Thought I would share a couple other cool karaoke spots that I know of:

Tues & Wednesdays: Yankee Doodles in Long Beach

Wednesday: House of Blues Anaheim

Proof Bar Santa Ana (not sure which night is Karaoke)

Fri and Sat:Azteca (Elvis Bar) in Garden Grove (small place that gets packed..great talent, food, and drinks)


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M. Rose 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks Sweet-E! This article has become a great place to find new karaoke spots, even for me. Appreciate you sharing!


darren levens 4 years ago

Come review chasers in orange on fri nights you wont be disappointed...ask for me and i will introduce you to everyone :)


jenjen4tworox 4 years ago

The Rio Vista Inn has karaoke every night and this bar has 2 sides, one side has pool tables and a jukebox, and the second side, separated by swinging doors, is the karaoke side with a dance floor and booths!!


jenjen4tworox 4 years ago

By the way, The Rio Vista Inn is in Anaheim, approx 3 miles down from Chasers in Orange.


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M. Rose 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks for the tips, Darren Levens and jenjen4tworox!


Bob Lewis 2 years ago

A great place to karaoke is with a live band at the Auld Dubliner, in Tustin, on Tuesday nights from 10-1:30. Food and drink specials.

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