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Dad's Karaoke

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Parking: Lot, Free

Bike Parking: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes


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San Antonio's Karaoke Hot Spot!!

April 2012
I?ve been a karaoke junkie since the summer of 2011. Since then, my addiction has taken me to karaoke hot spots all over California and Texas. The most popular place I?ve been to was The Brass Monkey in Los Angeles, California where all sorts of celebrities have been known to croon over a song or two. That being said, I can confidently say that Dad?s Karaoke Bar in San Antonio, TX is, by far, unsurpassed when it comes to song selection, fair rotation orders, customer service, quality of patronage and location, location, location!

Dad?s Karaoke Bar is a charming, quaint-looking tavern off of Loop 410 and Vance Jackson in Central San Antonio. As you enter, the first thing you notice is the library designed stage area where you can actually pull real books of the shelf. (Apparently, the original owner was a retired lawyer and finally found a place to put all his old law books.) More interestingly, you won?t have much time or desire for literature once the KJ gets the party started. The studious decor gives the place a classy feel and seems to appeal to the same sort of clientele. Rumor has it, that some of our own home-grown celebrities have been known to frequent Dad?s Karaoke.

The very first night I went to Dad?s Sing-A-Long Club, I went alone and walked towards the KJ (Karaoke Jockey) booth to sign up for a song. It was a Saturday and a full house. I was nervous because as I started to listen to the patrons go up and sing, I realized that this is where all the other karaoke ?addicts? came as well. I listened to some Whitney Houston, Adele, Journey, Heart, Vanilla Ice, and even some Boy George. Then, it was my turn. I decided to sing Nobody by Sylvia, a pop country song from back in the day. I messed up a little bit, but the crowd still cheered and hollered and made me feel like I was in a Jem and the Holograms episode. That night I met Bill, Chris, David, and Dana. Later, I met CiCi, Chip and the ever rambunctious, yet extremely talented, Sincere. These are just a few of the ?regulars? who welcomed me with open arms and have made Dad?s my very own personal Cheers, where everybody knows your name.

I?ve been to every karaoke bar in town. I?ve even had a few mobile KJ favorites. If karaoke, good drinks and friendly conversation is your thing, then Dad?s Karaoke is the place to go.




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Why the delay DJ?

If you and a friend get there early and submit 3 songs each, DO NOT expect the DJ to run your songs back to back. He will play at least 1 radio song (but usually 2 or 3) in between each singer, and before you know it 2 hours has passed, you've sang TWICE and the big crowd rolls in, and it will be midnight before your THIRD song rolls around.
Yes, this has happened TWICE to me!
I am NOT encouraged to keep buying drinks, I just drink veeeeeery slowly and buy another when he finally calls my name again.
I'd spend more on drinks if the KDJ wasn't wasting time.
Still looking for a great place to karaoke and might try the $20/hour outfit on the northeast side.



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Excited about New Management and Grand Opening

I have had soooooooo many good times at Dad's and have met some great people there. I do hope that the new management is sucessfull. We have had numerous parties and events there. When I was going as a regular I think I actually went thru 5 or 6 KDJ' 4 years!

Your selection of a KDJ is critical to the success of the business. Karaoke singers DO GET Offended if the rotation is not followed. There is no place for favoritism for any reason at a Karaoke business. Naturally, you must work in the folks that show up late....but even that has a protocol of common sense.

MY PET peeves: 1) When I have finished a song, and the KDJ is yacking it up with someone and just leaves me to walk off the stage with no acknowledgement.

2) When I request a SLOW VERSION of a song...I write SLOW VERSION on the slip to make it clear....THE SONG played is the fast one. So, I stand there like an idiot, trying to signal him to stop the song...cause he is ONCE AGAIN, yacking it up with buddies. and then wait till he finds the correct one.

THE KDJs you hire will make or break your club. I sure do hope you have some good ones lined up. We will be there to try it out when you re-open....

even though it is a long drive for us....

I wish you all the best!



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Dad's Under New Ownership


Dad's is now under new ownership!

To those of you who had a previous bad experience, we invite you back to enjoy the new Dad's, and can assure you that you will leave wanting to come back

We will be opening in the beginning to mid November 2011 for an all new Dads. The bar has been updated (CLEANED) and is now nonsmoking. For those who tend to light up...there is a back patio with tables and chairs or just to mingle.

All new bar staff and new KJ will be mixing music. The stage is still there, but in a different location.

AND yes...the books are all VERY real!

I will give an update to the actual date of the grand opening...



Dad's is awesome place to be a...

Dad's is awesome place to be and hang out. It's been rated the top best since I don't know when. I went by the other night, but it was closed. Is Dad's closed down? I've been hearing rumors and such about them being closed for good. How can this be?? I am majorly disappointed if this is the case! BRING DAD'S KARAOKE BACK!



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Love the music selection BUT......

We are new to this area and were regulars at our last Karaoke place. This place got the best reviews and has a great song list. BUT we went on a Tuesday and there was some serious favoritism going on with the KJ. We got there around 9pm and stayed till closing. We only got to sing twice and had several people sing two - three times between our two. The Bartenders and waiters (whatever they are called) were the best and the only reason we stayed as long as we did. Oh by the way DADS IS NOW SMOKE FREE!!!!! YAAAAAA!!! :D



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Awesome Place

I went here for the first time last week and had a great time. It is small and local but has a great electric feeling about it as soon as you walk in. Drinks are good price and everybody cheers on everybody. They even got me to get up and dance while others were singing but it was just because everyone was so friendly and upbeat. Highly recommended!!!



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Dad's Karaoke!!!

Here's the deal people.... If you want to go to a place that is hosting Karaoke.... Dad's is the place to be.... Plain and Simple... The bar staff is absolutely amazing.... personable and exciting.... the owners are really down to earth... and i also enjoy the two drink minimun that they have there.... it helps with the cheap karaoke junkies that drink nothing but tap water of crowding up the rotation with horrible versions of the ever so popular ""journey"" or ""survivor""... the Karaoke hosts are amazing as well.... even though they have had a few changes in personnel.... the more familiar hosts are always a breath of fresh air (i.e. Mike and Jared).... with promises of some interior upgrades..... dads will continue to be on top of my list to go and sing the night away...

craig h


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Great Fun

dad's has the feel of that old T.V. show Cheers..Many good times there.... as there are for you too...GO !!!



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Dad's needs to get rid of DJ MIke

They need to get rid of DJ Mike. He's horrible, pompous and cant run sound worth a dang.
If a singer is better than he is, he turns the singers mike down or even off. The ones who tip him he cranks up the mikes, no matter how horrible the singer is. He's rude, crude. He hits up on any woman who is willing to even say Hi to him.
He's a professional, but it is not an entertainer or a karaoke HOST. Hosting doesn't mean you're the star. It means you're just a host. The more he drinks, the more he shifts the singer rotations.
I'm sure more singers would be willing to stay or even return if he weren't doing the gigs on the weekends. Someone leaving the bar means they're spending money elsewhere... and keeping customers happy is what customer service is all about. So folks go elsewhere and business - and money - goes elsewhere.

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