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Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Belt it out: The best karaoke spots

Step right up. Whether you crave the spotlight or shy away from a crowd, there’s a place for you to do karaoke, including Cafe Muse in Annandale.(Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
It takes a village to write a Weekend cover story. Case in point: Friday’s lead feature, which looks at some of the best places around town for karaoke. Extensive research was required. Co-workers — who shall remain nameless — sacrificed themselves on the altar of indignity, singing the Disney ditty “A Whole New World” and rapping the nearly forgotten ’90s relic “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit. Friends tagged along to do their best Abba renditions, and seasoned karaoke masters bounded up to microphones across town to show audiences how it’s done.

Even those of us averse to the bright glare of the spotlight — myself included — became intoxicated with the giddy, nervous thrill of humiliating ourselves (at worst) or sparking a riotous singalong (fingers crossed!).

It would be impossible to name all the great karaoke spots in the area, especially with new ones popping up all the time. So we came up with a list of locales that specialize in their craft. Whether you want a rollicking party or a more subdued night on the town, a chance to channel your inner rock star or the opportunity to sing while dressed as a pirate, there’s a place for you to do karaoke.

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