Best Karaoke - 2008
We know, we know: Mangia Italiano ain't exactly a state secret. They serve great pasta by day and cold beer until 3 a.m. every night, and it is ground zero for hipsterdom on South Grand (a blessing or a curse, depending on your disposition). But hear us out on this one: While most karaoke bars force you to sit through an unbearable number of Shania Twain songs before getting to the good stuff, the crowd at Mangia on Monday nights knows how to plumb the deep recesses of the collective subconscious and come up with some great selections. Mike & the Mechanics' "All I Need Is a Miracle"? Check. Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money"? You bet, Bosco. Plus, you are almost guaranteed to hear a Pixies song every week. When the cooler-than-thou drop the pose and embrace the egoless cheese of karaoke, it's worth checking out.