Best Karaoke: Most dulcet melodies with machine backing
Willie Mays Skybox Lounge
Experts say you can't judge karaoke in a vacuum. There's the question of ambience, cost of admission, lighting, entertainment value, and the number of hecklers in the crowd ... oh yeah, and the quality of the singing. While word around town has it that the Serenader beats all other East Bay clubs for sheer funny-funny-ha-ha entertainment (one karaoke gadfly claims to have seen a toothless octogenarian sing whatever the hell occurred to her without paying the slightest bit of attention to the backing track), this year's best all-around karaoke night happens every Tuesday at the Willie Mays Skybox Lounge. Hosted by the lovely, charming, and unassuming DJ Diva D and her partner DJ Oras, this event takes place in a swank lounge with huge video screens and a capacious stage. While such digs may seem a little large for the average karaoke crowd, they afford plenty of couch space. Most singers who come here can really take a track and wreck it (that's a good thing), so you don't have to worry about sitting through a torturous American Idol-style amateur showcase. But not-so-great singers can give it a shot, too, and nobody will hate them for it.