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Sticky Rice Karaoke

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Editorial Review

One of the area's best karaoke nights: Best for a party

It's hard to imagine how so much energy could be contained within the narrow exposed brick confines of Sticky Rice's lower level. But drop by the H Street sushi restaurant on Thursday nights and you will find a rollicking, rocking dance party. A recent sampling of tunes included "Peaches" by Presidents of the United States of America, "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell and Harry Belafonte's "Shake Senora," which made an unexpected bid for highlight of the night.

It could have been the $2 Tecates, or maybe the projectors set up so everyone could see the lyrics and sing along, but no one seemed to care when Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved" turned into an epic display of tone deafness. The bachelorette party that had just performed an equally memorable rendition of Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" kept on dancing. This might be the ideal locale to publicly warble for people who don't honestly want to be heard.

Even the employees bopped behind the bar between serving up cold ones and banging the gong to indicate a sake bomb order. You might call it a memorable experience, as long as you steer clear of that sake-and-beer combo. It is a school night, after all, though judging by the raucous revelry, Sticky Rice has probably contributed to more than a few "sick" days.

-- Stephanie Merry (Oct. 28, 2011)