Best Karaoke Bar - 2009
Dingy, dimly lit, and not too crowded, Winnie's in Chinatown is the antithesis of the slick, sanitized karaoke bars you're likely to encounter uptown. As you enter, you'll notice it's a bit segregated: On the left, old Chinese dudes play dice games at the bar; on the right, spacious red booths are packed with skinny-jeans-wearing hipsters and local office workers cheering on their friends at the mic. It's $1 per song with a two-drink minimum—but who would do karaoke without a couple of drinks anyway? We recommend the house specialty Hawaiian punch to loosen your lips. Winnie's still uses old-school laser discs, so you won't find the latest hits, but with more than a thousand songs offered—from Morrissey's "Suedehead" to Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"—you're bound to see something you like. There's also a wide range of Chinese pop songs for the hardcore locals—even Winnie herself is known to show up and sing a song or two. The running joke at Winnie's is: Don't have too much fun, or else you'll end up at the Tombs jail across the street. Consider yourself warned.