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Akiko's

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(17 Reviews)

1123 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204

(502) 459-8020

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Today: 9:00 pm - 4:00 am
20
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (502) 888-6792

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$
Neighborhoods
Tyler Park, The Highlands, Cherokee Triangle
Categories
Bars, Taverns, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

Good For Groups: Yes

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Roger M.

02/06/2016

Overall

Always a great time, prices are reasonable, great song selection. The weekends are crowded and the wait is long, so I prefer weeknights or getting there early. I don't do beer, but they have a decent selection. The Blue Sake has always been their signature drink and it does the job, this is my personal favorite. The DJ works hard to keep the rotation moving, but can be overwhelmed during the busy weekends, another reason I prefer weeknights when possible. Can't wait to go back with my friends.

tanya.hammond75

04/24/2012

Overall
I go to this place quite often...

I go to this place quite often. It is smaller than other places but lots of fun. Some good talent there. The bartenders, door guy and DJ have always been great. Sometimes the wait to sing is long as they get so busy. Love going to this place.

randycw

08/05/2011

Overall
14 years doing nothing but kar...

14 years doing nothing but karaoke in Louisville, they must be doing something right. I had a blast, it was HOT, Crowded, Loud, wait was long. It was Fun, Lots of girls, Lots of talent, great to sit back and just watch, reasonably priced beer, NO COVER. It will be a regular stop when I make my rounds on Bardstown Road. They don't open till 9:30 pm plan accordingly.

RandyCW

08/04/2011

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Had such a good time!

It tends to be a young crowd, it gets crowded quickly, yes it gets hot in oh so many ways. : ) The wait to sing get long when it's crowded, but there is so much eye candy. It is fun just watching, some of these Kids are pretty talented.

mary_beth

07/14/2011

Overall
Was there for a birthday party...

Was there for a birthday party, it was our last stop. We arrived around 1am on a Thursday night. It was great we each got to sing 3 songs and practically owned the place. The next time I hope we can get there a little earlier.

Cindi Barker

07/14/2011

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Crowded, Sweaty, FUN!

How could I have not known of this place, I've lived here all my life. My first time with 3 friends, we got there around 10pm there were only 20 or so people, but they had only been open 30 minutes. They open at 9:30 pm. By 11 pm it was crowded but we already had our songs turned in so we got to sing twice before 1am not bad considering how busy they were. The crowd was great, I have to admit I had just as much fun watching. It tends to be a young crowd but that is most places along the Bardstown Road Corridor. If I get a chance I will try and go on a week night when it's not so crowded and will let you know how it goes.

rich4405

07/09/2011

Overall
Had a blast, can't wait to go ...

Had a blast, can't wait to go back. I would highly recommend you visit here if you like karaoke.

nikkio52284

06/04/2011

Overall
Terrible, terrible, terrible, ...

Terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. My friends and I had the WORST experience here. The bartender was unbelievably rude . After refusing to give my friend free water, he confiscated the water she brought in from outside without giving her a chance to drink it or throw it out. So, he stole it from her essentially. We figured we paid for our drinks (you have to buy a drink to get a karaoke ticket, which is also lame), so we may as well stay and sing. I put in my first and second ticket within minutes of each other. I sang my first song within about 5 songs (it was not terribly busy at this point). I waited for about 2 hours after singing my first song and still was not called to sing my second. When I politely asked the DJ how long until I was up again he said 10-12 songs! No thanks. I then left. Unbelievable. I Will never return again and I will tell everyone I know not to go here. Trust me, go anywhere but here for your karaoke needs. This establishment and its employees are worthless.

LSHess

12/13/2009

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Overall
Never Will Return

To celebrate the birthdays of two close friends, several of my friends and I decided to patronize Akiko's. We were very excited to sing our songs and gave them to the DJ. As we patiently waited to sing, we joined in the merrymaking and cheered the other patrons. However, two hours passed as we witnessed several of the same customers repeatedly sing songs. Finally, my friend and I heard our names called to sing. We went up to the stage, but were informed by a woman who had already sung that it wasn't our turn. I complained to the DJ that we had waited two hours to sing our song. When he asked what my name was, I informed him that it no longer mattered and waiting two hours to sing at a karaoke bar was ridiculous. My friends and I left Akiko's. I lodged a complaint with the BBB based on extremely poor customer service. This is not the first time that I have had a bad experience at Akiko's, but it will be the last.

yellowyvonne

12/07/2009

Overall
Please Avoid

First time at Akiko's, and things seemed to be going okay. Then this girl and her friends came in, took the tables me and my friends were using. When we sat down at a different table she came over and said we had to move because her friends were going to be sitting there. I said we'd move when they got there. Then she went to the DJ and said we stole their table and that we were drinking their beer, even though they took our tables, where our beer was - which we honestly picked up off the table. The doorman came up and said we'd have to leave. I said, okay, but may I ask why. And he said it was because we stole someone's beer. It was ridiculous. I told him we didn' t do anything wrong, that there was no reason for this to happen. He threatened to call the police on me if I didn't leave - and I was in no way being beligerent. I tried to reason with him in the bar area, but he wouldn't be moved. I told him how unfair it was to throw us out without hearing our side of the story. I closed my tab, very upset that I was being treated so badly for no reason, and vowed never to return. It's a dump.



This is NOT a good local business. The door man is openly hostile to new comers, on a power trip. I was allowed through the door, and still treated badly. It's not this sort of club one expects to find rabid elitists and patrons who behave like entitled celebutantes. Everyone in this place was hostile to me and my friends. Other people I know have had very similar experiences. This place was just awful.

ang0010

10/27/2009

Overall
staff sucks

The "bouncer", if you want to call him that, thinks he's gaurding Ft. Knox by the way he acts. He's a hardass with no personality. The DJ, new and old, only let you sing if you tip them $20, otherwise you'll sit there all night with him telling you only 4 more songs ahead of you. And the song selection is better at other places. Don't waste your time. Go to the Tap Room on Fridays or Bearnos on Saturday to get your fix. The bartender is cool though.

Stallion

05/17/2009

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Overall
Go somewhere else

We waited for some time and decided to go for a smoke. We talked to several ladies outside that had just got there and went right up and sang. We asked them how they did that and they said it was easy just give the D.J. a few dollars. So we just left. P.s. the door guy was a .......!!!!!!!!!
There are too many bars in Louisville to waste your time here plus it's small and hot.

BlueEyedSong

11/30/2008

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Overall
Don't Bother (unless you want to be mistreated)

I had a HORRIBLE experience at Akiko's. It was my first time ever going there on November 28th 2008 and it was about 20 degrees outside. Me and about 5 of my friends went there to karaoke, we were all coming in the door and the guy checking IDs said, ""You all need to shut the door!"" In the rudest possible way. So we come in and we shut the door, standing in front of him waiting to get our IDs checked and he said, ""I don't know why you all are standing inside when I haven't checked your IDs"" This is directly after he told us to shut the door. So I guess he basically wanted us to all stand outside in 20 degree weather until he felt inclined to check our IDs. Then, he told ALL SIX OF US that we needed a second form of ID to get in when I had just watched him let everyone else in with one form of ID. I told him that I was going to contact the triple B. because he was basically discriminating against us and then I leave. He FOLLOWS me outside and asked me, ""Do you want me to tell you why I do what I do?"" Like he is the most important person living and I told him to enlighten me and he gave me some BS answer about how the bar would be f'ed if he let us in even though we ALL HAD VALID DRIVERS LICENSES SAYING WE WERE OVER 21!!! Then he proceeded to go inside and physically shove 2 of my friends and said ""there are people trying to come in!""

I will NEVER go back there because of this power hungry door guy who has nothing better to do with his life than try to play god with people who have valid drivers' licenses and are over 21. I have never actually been in the bar, but I know I have absolutely NO desire to ever go back and I will contact the triple B because of this one employee who abuses his power and physically shoves costumers who are doing absolutely nothing wrong.

Usernamelawl

04/11/2008

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That first review

That first review was made by the owner, or their son.
So, you have to take it as they're just hyping it up for you to go there. It really isn't that great.

Rick101

02/24/2008

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Overall
Akiko's Louisville's Premier Karaoke Club.

If you like karaoke you'll absolutely love Akiko's. I have been to many places to sing but it is always kind of a side item. At Akiko's thats all they do 7 nights a week, you never have to call and ask if they are having karaoke that night. They have cheap drinks, note only beer and wine, and you'll have a great time. Everyone there loves to sing and are very supportive of newbies. See ya there!

KIMMY27

10/25/2002

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Overall
KARAIOKE ANYONE

LOVE TO DO KARAOKE,THIS IS THE PLACE. VERY SMALL AND VERY HOT, LIKE IN TEMPERATURE, GETS VERY CROWDED BUT IS ALOT OF FUN.