by Joanna Citrinbaum, 01/23/2013
Courtesy, Pulse Karaoke Lounge
Weekly karaoke night is an ordinary event at your standard bar, but there are places in NYC whose sole focus is singing (but no worries—drinking is a close second, which is important for anyone who needs liquid courage). In Manhattan, most of these venues are located in Chinatown and Koreatown. If you've got the guts to sing in front of strangers, you'll want to go to Winnie's. The intimate Chinatown dive bar is the perfect place to prepare for your American Idol audition. Those who don't have the guts to sing in front of strangers more than likely will after a glass or two of the spot's famously strong "Hawaiian Punch" drink. One can't help but wonder if Koreatown's Pulse Karaoke Lounge is named for the venue's lighting, which is set to pulse with the music being played. The main lounge and private suites all feature customizable light panels, so you can easily set the tone for your song. As an extra-special bonus, the smoke machine in the main lounge can be used to match the mood of the music and is a great surprise for audience members as you belt out the big climax of your song. On Mondays, enjoy free karaoke and the buy-one-get-one-drink happy hour all night. "Like" Pulse on Facebook for even more food, drink and karaoke specials and to see a list of the top-requested songs each week (which is perhaps as entertaining as the karaoke itself).