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Laid-back bars are not only the best for karaoke; they are the ideal place to kick back and find that inner rock star. Call up a few friends and set up a karaoke date night at some of the most fun bars in Denver. These five bars are ideal getting behind the microphone while soaking up the fun food and delicious drink specials.

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El Charrito
2100 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 523-1688

Friday and Saturday nights are made for karaoke, and El Charrito is the place to find it. The bartenders and servers make guests feel right at home while serving up tasty Mexican food and some unique tequila cocktails. Come for the karaoke and stay for the crazy drink specials and an entire bar full of things to do. El Charrito can boast of a free pool table, pinball machines, board games of every kind and even open mic comedy on Thursdays. The owners are welcoming and the drink prices are right. For those who have a big party to entertain, there is a back room to reserve.

Singing karaoke (Credit, Colleen Bement)

840 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 842-1578

The Capitol Hill area has a neighborhood restaurant that happens to rock the karaoke scene. Armida’s is well known among Denver locals for being a hot spot to get behind the microphone and sing. It is dedicated to karaoke fun and offers it seven nights a week with upstairs and downstairs fun on Friday and Saturday nights. Margaritas and drink specials can often help in finding that inner songbird, and Armida’s offers top shelf tequila and great prices to go along with delicious Mexican food to snack on. The DJs are entertaining and the guests often close the place down. The place is popular and there will be a guaranteed mix of regulars and newbies. In this order, walk in, get on the waiting list and grab drinks for a fabulous night of karaoke.

Belting out tunes on the mic (Credit, Colleen Bement)

Electric Cowboy
8811 Harlan St.
Westminster, CO 80031
(303) 412-1133

At Electric Cowboy, Sunday nights are full of crazy fun with its weekly Kamakaze Karaoke. This little gem in Westminster knows how to bring the fun in on Sunday nights with amazing drink specials and no cover charge. Sing some karaoke and shoot some pool to close out the weekend. The wait staff is welcoming and the DJs are talented. Appealing to a wide crowd, this bar plays country and Top 40 music. Attracting everything from cowboy boots to flip flops, the atmosphere is beyond casual. The crowd is made up of all ages from 21 and up and plenty of room to hang out.

The Bar Car
819 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 524-8099

Thursdays are set aside by regulars for karaoke at The Bar Car. This Colorado Boulevard karaoke bar serves up a delicious happy hour, friendly staff and hot spinning DJs to help guests sing the night away. Established somewhere in 2010, the owners fixed the place up with brass chandeliers and old-time décor. Along with fun karaoke, The Bar Car knows how to make a mean deep dish pizza, and has a tasty selection of beers on tap. Locals love this laid-back hangout with its low lighting and old-fashioned feel. The bartenders and wait staff are fast and friendly while karaoke enthusiasts are getting their singing on.

1076 Ogden St.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 860-8353

Denver bar Barricuda’s serves up fun karaoke mixed with delicious drink specials and hands-down fabulous greasy appetizers. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights are opportunities to find fame singing with old friends while making new ones. Thursday nights get the crowd going with 80s and 90s themed karaoke. The bar staff is fun and efficient and the DJs help rock the place with their charm. Don’t expect anything fancy; this place is more like the favorite family room everyone enjoys. Stop by Sundays and Mondays and shoot some pool for free. Be sure to come back the next day for brunch and enjoy the bottomless mimosas and eggs Benedicts.

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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.