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7 Twin Cities Dive Bars with Karaoke to Unleash Your Inner Rock Star

Cheap drinks and access to a microphone guarantee a good time

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The 1029 fires up karaoke and serves lobster rolls
| Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

Karaoke and dive bars are both better when paired together. Think about it. What could make a night out at the bar with friends even better? How about adding in a drunken singalong of the jams of yesteryear? Thankfully, the Twin Cities has its share of spots where the rum and diets are as sweet as the floors are gritty, much like an amateur singer’s earnest rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.”

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. James Ballentine "Uptown VFW" Post #246

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2916 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 823-6233
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VFWs in the Twin Cities really like to party. But this Uptown VFW might party harder than the rest. With multiple bars, Post 246 is many things – sticky dive, live music venue, and karaoke haven. The singer rotation gets long, so submit a song, grab some drinks, and enjoy the show.

2. The 1029 Bar

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1029 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

When a bar is all about things like gambling, sports, and serving one of the best lobster rolls around, you definitely have the inklings of a winner. Add in karaoke most nights, and it’s no wonder why the red neon sign outside so easily draws a crowd. People take their karaoke seriously here, and it’s not uncommon to have several regulars waiting to get songs in as soon as karaoke starts. There’s a communal vibe, so don’t be surprised when the whole bar starts singing along to the chorus of Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy.” Karaoke Wednesday through Sunday at 9 p.m.

3. NE Moose Bar & Grill

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356 Monroe St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 623-4999
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Tucked away in a quiet corner of Northeast, the Moose Bar and Grill has a full kitchen serving up barroom favorites like burgers, hot wings, and more. The large space features a wrap-around bar and other rooms that allow patrons to get closer (or further away) from a lively karaoke scene that gathers six nights a week. Karaoke Tuesday through Sunday at 9 p.m.

4. Otter's Saloon

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617 Central Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-4169
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Otter’s Saloon is your typical yellow beer slinging dive. It’s also bound to be jam-packed several nights a week with hazy locals and passerbys trying their best to belt out crowd pleasing tracks from the ’90s and 2000s, amping the charm of the cracked tiled floors and the painted tin ceilings. Things seriously get tight here, so expect standing room only crowds as the night grows long. Karaoke Sunday through Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

5. Vegas Lounge

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965 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-1873
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It’s hard not to have more than a little fun at Vegas Lounge. With pull tabs, bingo, meat raffles and other typical bar entertainment all week long, the Vegas Lounge shines brightest well after dark, as one of the few spots in town with karaoke seven nights a week. And somehow, despite the place being packed on weekends, the bar manages to provide surprisingly reliable table service. The biggest mystery might be how that bachelorette party flawless pulled off that Spice Girls song with only one coherent singer.

6. Joe & Stan's Pub & Grill

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949 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 293-0571
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While most visitors in this part of St. Paul are checking out Keg & Case Market, the foodie paradise right across the street, Joe & Stan’s remains a humble neighborhood anchor, and is a fine spot to watch a game and chat with locals. And the happy hour specials are certainly easy on the wallet. Karaoke lights up the place on Saturday nights, although it’ll likely still be too divey and dim for a good photo for Instagram.

7. Bleechers Bar & Grill

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2220 White Bear Ave
Maplewood, MN 55109
(651) 777-7897

Bleechers might be up in the nosebleed section of the metro, but its homey atmosphere makes it a prime spot to hole away from the daily headaches of life for a few hours and a few rounds. Let a little extra loose with karaoke Wednesday through Saturday nights.

1. James Ballentine "Uptown VFW" Post #246

2916 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

VFWs in the Twin Cities really like to party. But this Uptown VFW might party harder than the rest. With multiple bars, Post 246 is many things – sticky dive, live music venue, and karaoke haven. The singer rotation gets long, so submit a song, grab some drinks, and enjoy the show.

2916 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. The 1029 Bar

1029 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

When a bar is all about things like gambling, sports, and serving one of the best lobster rolls around, you definitely have the inklings of a winner. Add in karaoke most nights, and it’s no wonder why the red neon sign outside so easily draws a crowd. People take their karaoke seriously here, and it’s not uncommon to have several regulars waiting to get songs in as soon as karaoke starts. There’s a communal vibe, so don’t be surprised when the whole bar starts singing along to the chorus of Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy.” Karaoke Wednesday through Sunday at 9 p.m.

1029 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

3. NE Moose Bar & Grill

356 Monroe St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Northeast, the Moose Bar and Grill has a full kitchen serving up barroom favorites like burgers, hot wings, and more. The large space features a wrap-around bar and other rooms that allow patrons to get closer (or further away) from a lively karaoke scene that gathers six nights a week. Karaoke Tuesday through Sunday at 9 p.m.

356 Monroe St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

4. Otter's Saloon

617 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Otter’s Saloon is your typical yellow beer slinging dive. It’s also bound to be jam-packed several nights a week with hazy locals and passerbys trying their best to belt out crowd pleasing tracks from the ’90s and 2000s, amping the charm of the cracked tiled floors and the painted tin ceilings. Things seriously get tight here, so expect standing room only crowds as the night grows long. Karaoke Sunday through Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

617 Central Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Vegas Lounge

965 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

It’s hard not to have more than a little fun at Vegas Lounge. With pull tabs, bingo, meat raffles and other typical bar entertainment all week long, the Vegas Lounge shines brightest well after dark, as one of the few spots in town with karaoke seven nights a week. And somehow, despite the place being packed on weekends, the bar manages to provide surprisingly reliable table service. The biggest mystery might be how that bachelorette party flawless pulled off that Spice Girls song with only one coherent singer.

965 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Joe & Stan's Pub & Grill

949 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

While most visitors in this part of St. Paul are checking out Keg & Case Market, the foodie paradise right across the street, Joe & Stan’s remains a humble neighborhood anchor, and is a fine spot to watch a game and chat with locals. And the happy hour specials are certainly easy on the wallet. Karaoke lights up the place on Saturday nights, although it’ll likely still be too divey and dim for a good photo for Instagram.

949 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

7. Bleechers Bar & Grill

2220 White Bear Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109

Bleechers might be up in the nosebleed section of the metro, but its homey atmosphere makes it a prime spot to hole away from the daily headaches of life for a few hours and a few rounds. Let a little extra loose with karaoke Wednesday through Saturday nights.

2220 White Bear Ave
Maplewood, MN 55109

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