When the karaoke trend first hit the U.S. back in the 1990s, people said it wouldn't last. Now those same people can be found practicing in their mirrors at home to get ready for a night on stage with friends and in front of strangers.
Myrtle Beach is not immune to the explosion of karaoke, and its status as a popular vacation destination may make it an even better location for the sing-along activity. Some visitors who wouldn't be caught dead singing karaoke back in their hometowns for fear that someone they know might see and hear them have much less to fear while on vacation. You can sing “Love Shack” at the top of your lungs or dance along to “I Will Survive” and chalk it up to having a good time in Myrtle Beach.
Whether you want to sing country, rock, pop or any other type of music with mass appeal, you can find it on the Grand Strand. Here are five of our guests' favorite places to take the mic and be the center of attention, even if it's only for four minutes:
- Broadway Louie's: This sports bar is also home to one of the biggest karaoke nights in town. Located at Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square, Broadway Louie's has a new location but the same old popular karaoke setup. Featuring a nice stage that puts singers in the spotlight, Broadway Louie's draws big crowds and has a vast library of all kinds of music.
- Crocodile Rocks Dueling Pianos: While you are at Broadway at the Beach, check out this unique bar for a different kind of karaoke experience. Featuring two pianists/comedians who tickle the ivories and your funny bone, Crocodile Rocks allows audience members to come up on stage and perform song-and-dance routines for which they provide the music. Bring your friends and get your camera ready for some hilarious moments and side-splitting songs six nights a week.
- Dirty Don's Oyster Bar: This seafood shack in downtown Myrtle Beach is located only a few blocks from the Caribbean and offers a spirited crowd and some surprisingly good singers for a place that advertises itself as a dive. Featuring karaoke on Thursdays and Fridays starting at 7 p.m., the party at Dirty Don's goes late into the night and draws a nice mix of locals and visitors.
- Ocean Annie's Beach Bar: There are karaoke bars from coast to coast, but there aren't many directly on the coast like Ocean Annie's. Located in the Arcadian Shores neighborhood of Myrtle Beach, this oceanfront bar has an outdoor stage on the pool deck where bands and karaoke singers perform with the beach serving as the background. Wear a swimsuit so you can take a dip to cool off after you work up a sweat on stage.
- Pine Lakes Tavern: For something completely different, this local hangout's Open Jam Night is like karaoke for musicians. Located a couple of miles north of the Caribbean, Pine Lakes Tavern transforms into jam central on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. Hosted by a house band with a full rock lineup of guitars, bass, drums and vocals, Open Jam Night lets audience members bring their own instruments or borrow one from the house band, which has a broad musical vocabulary and can play along to almost any song you want to perform.
After a fun night of karaoke out on the town, return to your comfortable room at the Caribbean Resort & Villas and give your vocal cords a break. No matter how well you sing, everyone is treated like a rock star at the Caribbean.