For some, karaoke is simply another line item in the litany of embarrassing things that happen when blood-alcohol levels get a bit off-kilter. But there's an entire subculture of bar-dwelling aural sadomasochists who thrive off of ear-splitting renditions of Hall and Oates' greatest hits. And from the moment they flip that first laminated page in the very official three-ring binder, the mission is clear: Find a crowd-pleasing song that flatters your home-trained vocal chords, and try to not let the anguish show on your face when someone else performs "your" song. Once that elusive tune is found (pro tip: it's almost always Salt-n-Pepa's "Shoop"), then comes the waiting. The anxiety sets in while you haplessly strive for that perfect drunk — that karaoke drunk — for one must be sufficiently medicated in order to forget humiliation exists while maintaining the ability to stand and hold a microphone. And while this can all be done anywhere with a Spotify account and speakers, the mark of a great karaoke spot is in its clientele. DD's Irish Pub & Karaoke (formerly known as the Double D Lounge and still Double D's for short) boasts the idyllic mix of karaoke pros and bright-eyed, bushy-tailed novices, balancing out the sincere, jaw-dropping Amy Winehouse covers and the tone-deaf but absolutely necessary butchering of '90s slow jams. And best of all, they'll film your performance and issue a DVD copy for the pittance of $10 — a small price to pay for three-and-a-half minutes of fame (or a handy piece of blackmail).
© 2017 Riverfront Times