There’s nothing quite like a night of music with friends. That is where karaoke at Festa Wine and Cocktail Lounge comes in. Festa is located inside of the Japan Center Mall in Japantown and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. You can make an entire evening out of a trip to Festa that culminates in a fun karaoke experience. Stop by Mifune or any other number of eateries before stepping into this small karaoke bar when it opens at 7:30pm.
Festa features small tables and seating at the bar. The crown jewel of this lounge is its stage. Featuring a light up cityscape in the background, you are sure to feel like a star when you or a group of friends step up to the microphone. Although Festa is small, it has plenty of room to dance if the music strikes you. Songs are $2 each and they are played in the order in which they are submitted at the bar. Come before 9pm and order a drink, and your song is on the house. Festa’s song selection is vast, boasting over 120,000 songs in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Sing to your heart’s content; last call isn’t until 1am Sunday-Thursday and 2am Friday-Saturday.
Festa’s drink menu offers a sampling of delicious wines from the vineyards in California, including Gloria Ferrer and Kistler. There is also a full bar of liquor if you need something a little stronger to give you the courage to go up and sing. Try the lychee martini or the strawberry saketini, among others. The Blue Tokyo packs a delicious punch. Festa is open seven days a week.
Kylie Hicks is a Bay Area native. She enjoys karaoke, trips to wine country, and discovering good eats in the City.