Unleash Your Inner Pop Star:
The Top Karaoke Venues in Woodland Hills
Here’s the thing about the phenomenon known as karaoke that continues to endure: You either “get it” or you don’t. Singing along to your favorite tune – inebriated or not – with your friends, relatives or complete strangers in attendance takes some getting used to, but for the armies of karaoke fanatics the world over, it’s all about grabbing that Audio-Technica wireless mic, looking the crowd in the eyes and belting out Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” for the umpteenth time to their adoring “fans.”
Los Angeles, like any other American metropolis, is replete with karaoke bars and lounges since the concept arrived on the social scene and became all the rage. Narrowing down the playing field to the Woodland Hills area, karaoke venues run the gamut from “diamonds in the rough” to pizza joints boasting the added awesomeness of live music…and seemingly everything in-between. Let’s take a closer look at the best of karaoke in Woodland Hills…
Paoli’s Pizzeria & Piano Bar, at 21020 Ventura Boulevard, is a Woodland Hills favorite where patrons can down some amazing pizzas and beers, gaze at intriguing singers and interpret interesting dance moves…all while grinning from ear to ear. Serving such crowd pleasers as Climax Deep Dish Pizza with White Sauce, Paoli’s tends to draw an electric mix of people who come for the food, stay for the karaoke and maybe even go home with a phone number at the end of the night.
Bringing Woodland Hills together with 45 beers on tap, the Dirty Bull Tavern at 21797 Ventura Boulevard, has become a mainstay of this community, boasting high-end liquors, several types of entertainment and a plethora of games to unwind with in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Dirty Bull was founded on a belief that “everyone should have access to quality entertainment,” and as such goes beyond mere karaoke with four Phoenix Soft Tipboards, two Mega Touch bar-top games, two steel tip boards, Pirates of the Caribbean pinball, Golden Tee Live, Silver Strike Bowling Live and Buck Hunter Duck Dynasty.
Often called “a British pub so authentic, the English have actually frequented it,” the White Harte Pub offers exciting karaoke every Wednesday on its charming back patio, along with movie night Mondays, trivia Tuesdays and live music Saturdays. Inside this charming watering hole – which attracts everyone from the just-turned-drinking age crowd to the middle-aged happy hour set – are design elements that allow White Harte Pub to stand out from nearly all other bars in L.A., such as exposed red brick, dark wood beams and antler chandeliers, keeping the atmosphere here cozy yet always party-esque.
What would a “karaoke in Woodland Hills” roundup be without a bowling alley venue? Corbin Bowl, located at 19616 Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, goes beyond the garden variety bowling experience with a newly remodeled sports lounge that offers live music on Friday nights and karaoke on Saturday nights from 9 pm to 1 am. Corbin’s sports bar and café has become popular amongst the bowlers and Tarzana residents alike, with everything from burgers to daily specials and popular snacks served up for the whole family to enjoy.
In that same spirit, Winnetka Bowl, located at 20122 Vanowen Street at the corner of Winnetka Avenue in Winnetka, boasts a plethora of amenities beyond bowling for all ages including a full-service restaurant, lounge, billiards, arcade and two meeting rooms for functions. When it’s time to indulge in some big-time fun, Winnetka Bowl can accommodate groups of 20 to 200, and can customize a party to specific requirements.
When a “night out on the town” calls for something a bit different from slipping on that fetching cocktail dress and heels – not that you can’t wear that to one of these aforementioned venues for some added sparkle and attention – karaoke can offer an evening of spontaneity, intrigue and perhaps unleashing that pop princess within. Indeed, karaoke in Woodland Hills is as abuzz as ever with the venues covered in this encompassing roundup.