Best Karaoke Bars In MetroWest

April 18, 2013 6:00 AM

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After gaining prominence in Japan — where folks treat it like an art form with maximum respect and reverence — karaoke has continued to gain steam here in the States, with bars, pubs and clubs building reputations around hosting some good, old-fashioned karaoke. The term originally translates into “Empty Orchestra,” although there isn’t much “empty” about these establishments, all of which boast some of the best karaoke in the MetroWest area.
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The Tavern Framingham
102 Irving St.
Framingham, MA 01702
(774) 999-0750

Homey and unassuming, The Tavern Framingham is a perfect karaoke spot for locals and out-of-townies alike. Pub food, cold beer and good times provide the perfect fuel for a karaoke blast, while the Tavern Framingham’s smooth mix of dive bar charm and low-key comfort ensures that even the most cautious, embarrassed or inexperienced of singers should have absolutely no problem peeling themselves from the wall and getting in on the karaoke mix.

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(Photo from Franco’s Pizzeria and Pub)

(Photo from Franco’s Pizzeria and Pub)

Franco’s Pizzeria and Pub
714-718 Moody St.
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 893-7775

What’s better than pizza and beer? For the average person, not much, unless that person also happens to be a karaoke fanatic, in which case Franco’s Pizzeria and Pub may seem like a dream come true. Franco’s prides itself on its New York Metro-style pizza, while also encouraging customers to let loose at the bar during the pub’s karaoke nights, making this Waltham destination a recommended stop for some tasty pizza, ice cold beer and some hot karaoke. There is a $10 minimum for all credit and debit card orders with Franco’s, so bringing cash is a smart idea.

(Photo from Lavender Asian Cuisine and Bar)

(Photo from Lavender Asian Cuisine and Bar)

Lavender Asian Cuisine and Bar
519A Boston Post Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
(978) 579-9988

Although perhaps a bit fancier than an average dive bar or townie spot, Lavender Asian Cuisine and Bar boasts some of the best karaoke in Sudbury, with many die-hards and song specialists choosing to ply their vocal wares here on Boston Post Road, all the while indulging in Lavender’s traditional take on Chinese food and drink. Located in a strip mall yet possessing a classy, Asian fusion decor which blends perfectly with the elevated menu, Lavender Asian Cuisine and Bar is an excellent backdrop for a night of karaoke fun on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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(Photo from Joy Asia Restaurant)

(Photo from Joy Asia Restaurant)

Joy Asia Restaurant
735 Boston Post Road
Marlboro, MA 01752
(508) 481-0100

In comparison to Lavender, Joy Asia Restaurant — also located on Boston Post Road — presents a more charmingly dive-y atmosphere than its contemporary, although Joy Asia’s karaoke nights promise just as much loud, boisterous fun on Friday and Saturday nights. As far as food goes, Joy Asia is more buffet line than fusion style, but this will matter little to most singers when they’re chomping on crab rangoons and spare ribs whilst belting out all of their favorite hits.

Fitzwilliams Irish Pub at the Marriott (Photo from Marriott)

Fitzwilliams Irish Pub at the Marriott (Photo from Marriott)

Fitzwilliams Irish Pub
Boston Marriott Burlington
1 Burlington Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01803
(781) 229-6565

Karaoke at a hotel? It’s more likely than not these days, with the idea gaining particular steam amongst singers who are increasingly taking into account that there is a warm bed and a continental breakfast waiting for them should a particularly raucous evening of karaoke (read: drinking) unexpectedly present itself. Either way, Wednesday night karaoke at Fitzwilliams Irish Pub — located within the Boston Marriott in Burlington — is a guaranteed good time for those who wouldn’t mind indulging in some traditional Irish comfort food while singing their favorite songs.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at

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