K is for Karaoke


The other day I came across this saved list in my iPhone.


And it probably deserves an explanation.


During my three-year graduate program, my classmates and I frequented fine karaoke establishments.

And during that time, I started to track the songs I sang.

*The “x’s” mark repeat offenders.


While my graduate degree required a lot of studying and research, my karaoke-filled evenings provided me with an alternative form of research:

Finding the best karaoke bars in the Seattle area.


So in regards to the information that follows…

…you can thank me later.


Here’s what three years of research boils down to:


Don’t waste your time with…

the Dubliner,

Hula Hula,


the Yen Wor Garden Restaurant,

or the Boxcar.



The Baranof in Greenwood and Palmers in Redmond provide the most entertaining karaoke around.



So what are you singing this weekend?

















10 replies
  1. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    Hah! That’s a serious list! I can’t say I visited those places yet. BUT I have been to Voicebox in Portland. There’s also a good place off East Burnside called Chopsticks II. The people that I’ve heard there have blown my mind. Oh, and my favorite karaoke song is “I want you to want me” by Cheap Trick. If you ever find yourself walking near me down the streets of Fremont that is usually the song I’m humming to myself. Great blog!

  2. Annie Vander Pol
    Annie Vander Pol says:

    Jamie, I have heard of the Voicebox! AND, I could totally see you singing that song. We’ll have to do thinkspace karaoke night soon. And let’s be honest, I’m pretty sure there’s a karaoke singer in Peter just waiting to take the stage!

  3. Peter Chee
    Peter Chee says:

    This is absolutely hilarious. Seriously… I can’t wait to go to a karaoke bar to WATCH you sing. Apparently, Jamie is also in the mood for singing too, my favorite Cheap Trick song has to be “The Flame”, however, I’m not so sure you want me singing that one…. At the end of last year, I was thinking that I need to start practicing a song, something that could become my go-to song. For now, I don’t have any, but, you certainly have given me a fun list to think about.

  4. Peter Chee
    Peter Chee says:

    Annie, ok, now I’m going down your entire play list listening to all the songs… You must have an incredible voice to pull of any of these songs… Lets go do this!


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