Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Karaoke Tini Tuesdays @ Asylum Cafe
Last night, I assembled my crew and set out on my first official venture for the site: Karaoke Tini Tuesdays at Asylum Cafe. I got there around 9:30pm, and a DJ was just starting to warm the crowd up by playing some Jay Z and T.I. that we could all bob our heads to. I hunkered down on a bar stool and asked the bartender if there were any drink specials. "$5 martinis," she proudly stated. Um... why am I just now hearing about this?! I promptly ordered something called a Lemontini and waited for the festivities to start.
At 10pm, a man got on the mic and kicked off the evening with a questionable rendition of his chosen song: always a great start to a karaoke night. One of the hosts of the event approached my friends and I to ask when we planned to get up there. I didn't have nearly enough Lemontini in me to think that was a good idea, but promised him I'd think about it later. In the meantime, a friend of mine ordered some delicious looking chicken wings that I was told were also only $5. Once again, things I wish had been brought to my attention YESTERDAY! I'd already had a dinner that was way more than $5 and I didn't get any chicken wings.
By 11pm, as with everything in Hartford, people had finally started to show up to the event. I'll never understand it: If the start time is 8, and bars close at 1, people will always show up well after 11. The drink specials are over, all the chairs are taken, usually you even have to pay more money to get in (luckily, this event has no cover). I like to get there a little earlier and secure my spot. Not to mention, it's so much easier to get drinks when there's only a few people. By this time, my drink was starting to give me just enough liquid confidence and I hit the mic. There weren't a ton of people offering to sing, but the people that did all had a great time. No one seemed to feel judged and no one was there to judge anyone else. So if you like to sing but sound like a bird on fire, this may be your type of karaoke night. When there was a lull in singers, the DJ kept the energy up with some bumping music, another plus when trying to give yourself some backbone. When you're trying to convince yourself that you'll sound ok singing "Walking on Sunshine", you probably shouldn't hear "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" before you get up there. All in all, a great night was had by me, and I definitely plan to stop back in and recommend you to go too!
Stuff you should remember:
"Happy Hour": 8-11pm **specials** $5 martinis, $5 wines, $3 beers
Food: $5 appetizers, they were also selling pizza by the slice. kitchen closes at 11.
Karaoke: According to Facebook it starts at 8, but it didn't kick off until 10 when I got there. The DJ was there earlier though.
Dress code: Come as you like. Most people were dressed classy casual, so if you don't want to feel out of place, I'd wear some jeans and a nice top.
Age: Since it turns into a bar at night, I'm going to assume 21+. I'll check that out for sure.
Address: 253 Asylum Avenue, Downtown Hartford