Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Karaoke

VFW Uptown

Let's face it: There are plenty of bars throughout the Twin Cities where you can get tipsy and scream Bon Jovi lyrics into a microphone. The reality, however, is that not all karaoke bars are created equal. The Lyn-Lake VFW is a hall of fame-worthy karaoke bar, offering would-be singers the chance to get fueled up on cheap booze and belt out their favorite tunes almost every night of the week. In addition to a massive song book that features everything from quintessential '80s power ballads to shit-kicking country anthems, the best part of karaoke at the VFW is the crowd. On any given night, you'll find a healthy mix of barflies, bachelorette parties, and hipsters ready to pour their hearts out to a Whitney Houston mega-hit, or get the party started with some boy-band bubblegum pop. No unnecessary video screens or special effects are needed at the VFW, just a killer collection of music, great drink specials, and a room full of rowdy revelers looking to channel their inner Mariah, Shania, or Rick Astley.

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