From bass-booming dance clubs and live music venues to quiet hilltop taverns, Iowa City is full of places to let loose, unwind and rock out. And, if you’re ready to take the stage yourself, trust these karaoke joints to turn your night into something to sing about.
American Legion Post #17
3016 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City
Open: Friday evenings
Though this spacious and welcoming bar is a bit off the beaten path, it promises not to disappoint. They pour a strong drink, have free popcorn and their karaoke is one of the best in town. In addition to its energetic MC, diverse song selection and impressive sound system, the Legion boasts a gigantic dance floor that encourages all patrons to join in the fun.
223 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City
Sunday-Thursday: 3-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 3 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Similarly, No. 18 is an Iowa City karaoke establishment offering an intimate setting. Located downtown, this karaoke and bubble tea restaurant is broken into individual rooms where you can belt out all your guilty-pleasure pop songs in luxurious privacy. No. 18 doesn’t serve alcohol, and the karaoke rooms cost money to rent, but their modern decor and sleek technology make this location feel a lot farther from home than it really is.
325 E. Washington St., Iowa City
Sunday–Wednesday: 3:30-11:30 p.m.
Thursday: 3:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 3:30 p.m. – 4 a.m.
This subterranean karaoke lounge is perfect for throwing themed parties, as it offers private themed rooms, such as Hawkeye, Super Mario and Hello Kitty. All rooms are equipped with maracas and tambourines for visitors to jam to the wide selection of songs available. These private karaoke rooms also double as study lounges during the afternoon. In addition to bubble tea, Bubbleology also serves food and dessert, like ramen and grass jelly with fruit. Visitors can stay and sing all night long without going hungry.