Best. Karaoke. Ever.. For the genuine, karaoke expereince--and not just a karaoke night--come here. The best singers and rowdy crowds. Bring your a-game vocals.
Just need to know the rules!.
I've been going to The Mint for a long time and have figured out how to have fun. I even KJ'd at the Mint a few times on early weekend days when it wasn't too crowded, so I know how it feels to be one of them. Follow these guidelines and you're golden.
(1) Give the KJ a tip when you go up to give him/her your song slip. This is actually customary in any karaoke bar. The quicker you want to sing, the higher the tip. Especially when it's crowded.
(2) Be patient. Listen to other people sing and cheer them on. Talk with your friends. Drink your drink. Think about what song you want to sing next, maybe a duet with a friend. DO NOT go up to the KJ and ask when your song is coming on, unless you have seen other people go up twice since you put your song in. (But see #8, below.)
(3) If you have seen other people go up twice since you put your song in, it's OK to go up to the KJ to ask, but the purpose of your inquiry must be to just make sure that the slip didn't get lost somehow. (It happens from time to time.) Be respectful and apologetic.
(4) Your big goal there shouldn't be to just get up on stage and sing. Keep things in perspective -- you're there to have fun, which includes a lot of different things (see number 2 above). You'll drive yourself batty if you get obsessed with when you or your friends are going to get up on stage. Get over yourselves!
(5) Get there early if it's a Friday or Saturday night. If you get there and it's super crowded, just plan on it taking a couple of hours for your song to come up. If you don't want to wait that long, go somewhere else. If you get there an hour before closing and it's crowded, don't plan on singing. If you give a $20 tip, then these things shouldn't be a problem. That's not corruption, it's just how life works.
(6) Don't take your drink up on stage.
(7) You can only put in one song slip at a time. If you haven't sung your song yet, don't put another one in. when you go up to sing, you can hand the KJ a new slip, and don't forget a tip! The exception to this is duets. If you have a song in, you can sign up for one duet. So if you go solo, duet, solo, duet, you'll have the most opportunities to sing.
(8) You may see people go up there more frequently than you or your friends. Before you get all up in the KJ's grille, notice if they're doing the "solo duet solo" thing. If so, they've just done their homework and figured out how to get up there the most. Again, it's not corruption, it's how the world works.
(9) Just remember that you are basically a guest in this place. Yes, you're a customer, but for many of the people at The Mint this is their home away from home, they literally go there every single night. So no matter how often you go, you're a newbie, and you need to be respectful of how things are done there. They have plenty of other customers who have the right attitude, so they don't need to be excessively nice to you, when you have the wrong one.
(10) Have fun!
Karaoke Couldn't Be Better. Had a BD party there with a bunch of girlfriends- all of us karaoke virgins. Had a blast. Decent drinks and really friendly crew and clientle who seemed to know each other. Strong drinks helped to loosen the inhibitions. By end of the night we were all grabbing the mic and doing group numbers.
horrible. Avoid this hell hole at all costs. They SEARCHED my party after publicly accusing them of stealing a microphone. No one had the microphone, proven after they violated our rights.
Serious songbirds abound at Upper Market's unrivaled karaoke bar..
This shotgun-style bar on the edge of the Castro draws mixed, but gay-leaning, crowds who have been flocking here since its 1993 karaoke makeover. Timid singers investing in a few tasty hurricanes sit inconspicuously along the bar stools, stage-right, while the "American Idol" wannabes grab tables in front of stage-left and clamor among each other for what to sing next.
Karaoke DJs with nasty attitudes!.
It takes a lot for me to give a business my feedback, but I was so appalled at the rudeness of the staff that I had to do it.
I went there with a friend on a Saturday night and the technician was Frank H. The attitude Frank H. was displaying throughout the evening was pure poi$on. He was unbelievably rude to everyone, publicly chastising people for not using the mic correctly, for submitting more than one request, for taking a few extra seconds to come up to the stage? After waiting over 30 minutes, we decided to get a little air on the sidewalk where we could clearly hear him call contestant. We went back in after only 5 to 10 minutes. An hour had gone by when my friend finally decided to go enquire about his request. Upon asking, he immediately got yelled at by Frank H. who said he threw out his request the instant he saw us step outside. WHY? And if he saw us walk out, I am sure he saw us walking back in, so why not inform us of his action?
My friend was back in town this past weekend and we decided to give The Mint another chance on Sunday night after making sure Frank H. was not hosting. It was Jamin (Sudsy) instead. His attitude seemed slightly friendlier, although his lack of patience was quite obvious from the beginning. My friend handed him 2 requests and tipped him $2. Jamin asked my friend which of the 2 songs he wanted to sing FIRST. My friend answered and sang his song within 20 minutes of entering the request. When over an hour went by my friend asked Jamin about it who claimed he knew nothing about a second request. Someone said that if you don't tip at least $5 to $10, requests go ignored.
Maybe The Mint?s staff should remember that people come to a Karaoke bar to have fun, not to be yelled at or ridiculed in front of everyone. Also, if they have some unspoken rules about in and out privileges, number of requests of even tip amount, that?s OK but spell them out!
Overall, I would not recommend anybody frequent The Mint.
fun if you're serious about your karaoke - be wary of frank!. this is my favorite place to do karaoke in SF - the regulars are fabulous and the drinks are strong and reasonably priced. frank the dj manages a tight ship, so no messing around on his stage - miss a cue and you'll get yelled at, and groups of drunk chicks singing madonna off key will get the boot before the end of the song...but, if you perform well he'll give you the flames, which makes you feel like up until that point you didn't know what real praise was.
over rated, bring your ear plugs and tips. ok I came to the Mint thinking it was going to be the best place to sing, but it turns out the Karaoke disc jokey is just plain and simple an ego maniac. He actually thinks he can sing and refuses to let the customer sing, because he demands that everyone listen to his horrible voice He is pathetic, plus you need to give him tips every time you go up to sing so he gives you a chance to finish your song or he will cut you off. I know the place gets crowded, but this guy is just too much. The bar tenders on the other hand are nice and very cool to talk to, but watch out for that little ego maniac of the kj. I think The mint is over rated. If you can find another place to do Karaoke please do so. But if you decide to venture out remember to bring money for tips and ear plugs so that you don't endure his awful singing.
Frank the KJ is hostile and confrontational, so go when he's not working. I love this bar. It is a wonderful place to kareoke. My only problem is that they hired, Frank, an inexplicably and unnecessarily rude KJ, to work the four busiest nights of the week. He ruins the whole experience, which doesn't make sense because kareoke is supposed to be fun. Maybe he has an awful day job, maybe his career didn't trun out as he'd hoped, maybe his parents beat him as a child. Nonetheless, if you want to enjoy yourself, AVOID WENDESDAY, THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, AND SATURDAYS WHEN FRANK IS WORKING. The rest of the staff is amazing. Emma who works on Tuedays is great. Dede is there on Mondays, and she's great. The Sunday KJ, great. The door woman and the bartender, great. Seriously, just avoid Frank. He's miserable, hostile, and confrontational, and it's not worth it over kareoke. Read the other reviews, it's not just me!
'Corrupt' & ridiculous.
this place is a joke - the KJ is awful and ruins this place. the 'tip' system just frustrates people who COULD be regulars but why bother? you will never get to sing even if you tip! so obnoxious --- I will never bring people here again (which means no large expense accounts or people who can drop allot of cash). who needs it?
a harsh review but true true true.....
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