BEST KARAOKE Minneapolis 2007 - James Ballentine VFW Post 246
2916 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Readers' Choice: James Ballantine VFW Post 246
This karaoke party has its regulars, including the angelic-voiced lady who sings Leslie Gore songs and the big guy who enthusiastically barks the lyrics to songs in homage to a band we're frankly not familiar with. But this is very much a karaoke for all skill levels. (One recent night featured a newbie horrified to discover that "Safety Dance" is a song that never ends.) The song list is huge (as is the waiting list to perform), and the stage is small and unassuming. But most performances are followed with cheers and high fives from enthusiastic drinkers at the bar—regardless of how many notes you've missed. Karaoke is free, and starts at 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and 9:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. If you plan on performing, be sure to arrive early: The VFW often reaches its capacity of barflies, veterans, Uptown hipsters, and friendly truckers by 11:00 p.m.