Las Vegas has SO many shows, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few gems to kick off your karaoke tour:
Ellis Island Casino
4178 Koval Lane
Well-worn, hard-partying locals dive bar. Crowd is fairly young, fairly crazy, and they get really drunk. Not the highest level of talent, but everybody has a lot of fun. Rotation is typically long (even for Vegas), so get there early. Songbooks are pretty crappy, and they sometimes have problems with the system playing properly, but overall, it's still a decent spot to sing.
NOTE: When you're done singing, stumble through the small casino to the 24-hour restaurant, and snag one of the best deals in Vegas, the Ellis Island Steak Dinner Special for $6.99. But remember, it's not on the menu....you have to ask for it. ; )
3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Fri & Sat 10pm-Close
Nice-sized room, not usually that busy. Host can be a jerk, flashing degrading signs while singers are performing. Still, if you have a thick skin, it's a decent venue, and they do karaoke 7 days.
NOTE: Karaoke room is on the 3rd floor, and it isn't easy to find. Ask somebody when you go in, or you could be wandering around for a while.
Bill's Gamblin' Hall
3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Busy, busy, busy. As with most Strip shows, this large, open room next to the casino is always rockin'. Good sound, fair rotation, large selection, friendly hosts. Atmosphere is casual and lively....a pretty solid karaoke venue in all respects.
NOTE: If you're here Thursday - Sunday, check out the hotel's cool after hours club, Drai's. Also, the Victorian room serves great (though not inexpensive) food 24 hours, and is one of Vegas's favorites for late night dining.
Calico Jack's Saloon
W. Charleston Blvd
Karaoke pros - if you're looking for a place to showcase your vocal skills next to some real talent, this is the place.
The singers here are predominately some of the best in Vegas, and many are local performers who have their own shows. WARNING: These guys are typically NOT very tolerant of people who can't sing, so if you just want to get drunk and yowl, go elsewhere.
The room is usually busy, and the rotation long, so get to this venue early, or you probably won't get to sing. Rotation can be a little cliquey, but tipping the host helps.
NOTE: Calico Jack's doesn't like stupid drunks, and won't hesitate to let you know. So if you go in there acting the fool, don't be surprised if you get booed, have your song cut off, or have to pick gravel out of your butt from the parking lot.
For even more shows, check out the Las Vegas Advisor's KARAOKE SCHEDULE.
** NOTE** Karaoke schedules are subject to change. Always call to confirm!