For karaoke lovers, hitting the stage during a vacation away from home offers the luxury of anonymity. (Because you never know when one of your coworkers might be in the hometown crowd, maybe even capturing your performance for a Facebook post.) Further, to take your vacation-karaoke experience to the next level — and really unleash your inner rock star — there’s nothing quite like singing with live backing musicians rather than to a recorded background track.
So, next time you’ve got the itch to steal the spotlight during your Grand Strand getaway, check out one of these karaoke hot spots, some featuring live backing musicians, and all offering a friendly (and likely coworker-free) atmosphere:
Broadway Louie’s — Located just 2 miles down 29th Avenue North from The Strand Resort at shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Broadway at the Beach, this sports bar and grill puts participants on the big stage and under the bright lights at 8 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday with Broadway Jake’s Allstar Karaoke. The stakes sometimes get even higher, as Broadway Louie’s will on occasion run karaoke contests with prizes reaching the thousands of dollars. Learn more at the Broadway Louie’s website.
Calli Baker's Firehouse Bar & Grill: Call this one “group karaoke.” While not exactly a fit in the straight-up karaoke category, the Dueling Pianos nights at Calli Baker’s — found just off Restaurant Row in Myrtle Beach — sees the entire crowd engaging in regular sing-alongs with the on-stage pair of first-class, pro-level pianists. Get ready for a night of good times filled with belly laughs and live (often crowd-sourced) performances of classic hits. Find the next scheduled Dueling Pianos night on the events calendar at callibakersfirehouse.com.
Fiesta Mexicana: This Mexican restaurant at 70th Avenue North and North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach hosts its Fiesta Karaoke night every Friday 9 p.m. — providing a standing opportunity for you to kick off your weekend crooning your favorites in a festive, family-friendly environment. Bonus: You can fuel up on some Mexican culinary delights before taking the stage, not to mention boost your courage a bit with an impressive lineup of margaritas, mojitos and more. See the full menu at fiestamexicanacantina.com, and learn more about Fiesta Karaoke on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Pop's Place: Presenting karaoke every night of the week (starting at 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), this South Kings Highway bar and grill located near Family Kingdom Amusement Park also serves up an array of apps, salads, wraps, and sandwiches, plus a full bar lineup. Check out the full menu and more at popsplacebarandgrill.com.
The Pier at Garden City: Here’s your chance to wail from way out over the water. Located at the end of a 660-foot Atlantic Ocean pier in Garden City (about 8 miles south of Myrtle Beach), The Bar on the Pieradise Cafe Deck presents karaoke from 2 to 6 p.m. daily, with the pros taking over at 8:30 p.m. nightly for live music. Learn more at pieratgardencity.com.
After shining bright under the spotlight, head back to your comfortable oceanfront accommodations at The Strand Resort in Myrtle Beach to rest up for your next big performance. Book your Grand Strand getaway at The Strand today — you’ll always get the star treatment here!