While rockin’ out to Bob Dylan & the Band on the way home from acupuncture this evening, I thought about how much I love karaoke. I wish I could karaoke while driving, but that somehow seems unsafe.
See, I met Matt at a karaoke bar in San Francisco called The Mint. The first time he saw me, I was singing “Truckin’” with my friend Adam. We quickly became regulars at The Mint, which is ironic because it’s in the Castro so except for Fridays and Saturdays, the crowd was 90% gay men. We’d go, we’d sing duets, and the bartender and DJ knew us by name.
After we moved here, we decided we needed to find our new karaoke home.
The first place we tried was T’s Pub in Allston. Thumbs down. The place was crawling with scantily clad college girls who would sing obnoxious, drunken renditions of “Baby Got Back”. There would also be skeevy older men trying to pick up on said college girls. Gross. We never went back. The only real plus about that night was that Matt sang “Play That Funky Music” there.
Then we went to Rendezvous on Moody St. in Waltham. It was mostly old people…like really old, like way older than my dad old. But nevertheless, it was a good crowd, especially because they liked Matt and I singing “Bell Bottom Blues”. I do a lot of classic rock at karaoke. For some reason, however, Rendezvous allowed their patrons to smoke in there. I was taken aback, because as far as I know, that’s not legal. We never went back for that reason.
Next stop: John Brewer’s Tavern. We only went there once because we didn’t care for the crowd. While T’s Pub had drunk college girls, John Brewer’s had drunken “cougars” aka 45 year old women looking for men. One woman followed Matt up to the stage area and pressed her um, cleavage, against Matt’s back. Matt ignored her, so she got bored and left. We’re lucky there wasn’t a cat fight! ;-) Cougars love Matt because they think he looks like Johnny Damon.
Then we stumbled upon Tin Alley Grill aka the Ground Round by the Fresh Pond Rotaries in Cambridge. We love that place! We like the people who work there, the DJs are nice, the crowd is decent (albeit a little small on some nights), and the song selection is pretty good. We went there weekly (they have it every Wednesday) for about 2 months until moving began occupying much of our time. I like to sing Meatloaf’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” with Matt there.
Another great place is Legends Hall of Fame Grill in Waltham. Wow, is Waltham the karaoke capitol or what?! Anyway, some nights there’s not enough of a crowd and their beer selection is pretty pathetic…but they have a FANTASTIC song selection and the DJs are really nice too. They have karaoke on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I recommend this place.
I hear that The Milky Way in JP has good karaoke, but it’s on Tuesdays and Matt typically has band practice that night. One day I hope to try it out…but for now, Legends and Tin Alley float my boat just fine!
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