Best of Philly 2005: Nightlife & Bars

Where to drink, dance and hook up

Karaoke bars
City: Tuesdays at the Smoked Joint One of this BBQ joint’s chefs is a karaoke nut, and he throws the wildest karaoke night around, featuring sequined go-go dancers, drag queens, choreographed routines, and a crowd that likes to pull out such rare gems as “Mr. Roboto” (1420 Locust Street; 215-732-7500).

’Burbs: Keswick Tavern Tap into your inner Bill Murray at the casually cool Keswick Tavern’s Wednesday karaoke fest. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. with $2 Rolling Rock bottles (294 Keswick Avenue, Glenside; 215-886-4277).

Shore: Planet Rose With karaoke 365 days a year, six plasma-screen TVs, 15,000 songs, hot bartenders who will happily provide liquid courage, and a decor that rivals the garishness of karaoke itself, Planet Rose is unbeatable (the Quarter at Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City; 609-344-6565).