McDonough’s: 7 Nights a Week @ 9:30pm
This is THE spot to sing karaoke in Savannah, but be aware that the crowd can be a little tough on Fridays and Saturdays, so if you aren’t a great singer, you might want to wait until closer to closing time. They have a huge inventory of 12,000 songs so there is a little something for everyone. An established locals joint, McDonough’s also draws in tourists because this massive building sits on a busy corner, and its loud music pumps out into the street. McDonough’s offers the best of both worlds because half the bar is dedicated to karaoke while the other half is sectioned off so you can sit back and enjoy conversation a little more instead. They also have great food at all hours–try their sweet potato crinkly fries for a treat. 21 E. McDonough Street Savannah, GA 31401, (912) 233-6136, http://www.mcdonoughsofsavannah.com/.
Bay Street Blues: Friday and Saturday Nights @ 9:00
The fun, laid-back vibe of Bay Street Blues is mostly due to the layout–it’s small and intimate, with the stage up above the bar and dance floor which makes you feel like you are really performing (you might want some liquid courage before you jump up on this stage). It can be tough to get your name on the list, so make sure you get there before 11:00 if you really have your heart set on singing that night. This is a great last stop of the evening too because everyone really lets loose. This bar is pure karaoke, so only come here if you want to watch or sing. Open Tue-Sat 6pm-3am; Sun 8pm-2am, 17 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401-1224 (912) 236-6655, Bay Street Blues information
The Rail Pub: Helium Karaoke Tuesdays and Thursdays Upstairs @ 10:00pm
The Rail is always a good time, and the karaoke nights are no exception. They call it “Helium Karaoke” because they offer helium-filled balloons to people who can’t sing very well or just want to be silly–a pretty funny concept and shows you the goofy vibe you can expect at this locals’ dive bar. The karaoke here is not the sole focus–while people are singing upstairs, some of the crowd watches while others continue their conversations and the downstairs part of this place carries on like normal. So if you don’t want your whole night to be about karaoke, The Rail is a great choice. Hours Monday through Wednesday 3pm to 3am, Thursday through Saturday 1pm to 3am, closed Sundays, 405 W. Congress St. Savannah, GA 31401, (912) 238-1311, www.therailpub.com.