Boston >Entertainers > Limelight Stage And Studios
204 Tremont St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.351870 -71.064544
Stage: Thursday 8pm-2am, Friday-Saturday 7pm-2am
Studios: 7-days with reservation
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Central, Downtown, Chinatown / Leather District
Limelight All Ages Night Very Disappointing – Limelight Karaoke sceduled an "all ages night" at 7 p.m. during school vacation and made the kids leave at 9 p.m. because the emcee had to go to another job. The manager said he had no one else to work. The kids paid 10.00 for two hours. Sad!
crazy night of karaoke – this is a memorable spot. went for my niece's birthday years ago and couldn't imagine it would be such a scene at night, but when a friend had a bachelorette party here it was a riot. we got a private studio room and sang all night. actually after some liquid courage we did make it out on the stage too.
entertaining night out! – i'd read up on this place before coming, mostly good reviews but a couple not-so-great. i'm glad we decided to try it anyway - had a great time. rented a private studio - glad we did it in advance b/c we were there on a sat. and it was packed. probably couldn't have gotten a studio otherwise. well worth it - were able to do that and hang out in stage for a bit. good selection of beer, so that made us happy. ended up staying until close to closing time - would definitely return. fun way to spend a night!
my favorite karaoke place – it's more expensive than other places I know but it's probably because they are right off the common. the space is really nice and the show in the stage is lots of fun. i haven't tried a private room yet but the plan is to get a group of friends and check that out soon.
bachelorette party – Two maid-of-honor friends suggested Limelite Studios to me but I still hesitated because I hadn't been before. I'm really glad we booked here because everyone had a great time even though it was a tough group to please. The bride-to-be got a tad crazy on stage but the place was filled with other bachelorette parties so it was very easy to let loose.
best kareoke by far – At first I didn't like the idea of paying a cover to sing kareoke since the places I've gone always were free. After going I see why there is a charge. Its the best kareoke I've seen: really nice facility right off the Common and lots of bells and whistles on the system like recording and touchscreens. I had a lot of fun and have been back a few times. I recommend trying a studio room or doing the club part when the band is playing.
Fun place for karaoke – Several of my friends love karaoke so we booked a room here. It's a little pricy since in the private rooms you pay per person/per hour so keep an eye on the time. The drinks aren't too expensive, and the music list is pretty good. The main room gets crowded quickly, but you can see some talented people and some spectacularly untalented ones as well. It's a fun night out.
students try thursday * * – limlites one of my favorite places but i find the weekend crowd at Limelite a little old. there are bachelorette parties and office stuff and not many college students fri-sat. i ended up there on a thu last week and found out that its college night. it's quieter than the weekend but given that i got in free (cuz of my student id) totally worth it. i see emerson and suffolk ppl there but were trying to spread word to other schools. there arent many under 21 places so its a real find. of course with kareoke cant go wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
best karaoke in boston!!!!!!!!!!! – personally, i don't love karaoke but my best friend does and he took us to limelight this past weekend. we had a BLAST! they have tons of songs and we rented a private studio room. i read ddpaek's review and totally disagree...the bartender made sure i completely understood the contract before i signed and was really helpful with answering my questions. they charge you for the amount of time you're in the room - it's that simple. nothing unreasonable about that at all! you can also rent their portable karaoke systems for private parties and we're thinking of doing it for a house party we're hosting next month...the price is really reasonable and you get the same experience that you have in the studios in your own home!! all in all, i would definitely go back to limelight - i thought the staff was friendly, the audience in the stage area was really fun and the emcee did a great job including everyone and giving them a chance to sing. i think the cover charge is a small price to pay for how much fun we ended up having, and i will definitely go back!! i have to host a bachelorette party this summer and i will be taking the girls to LIMELIGHT!!!
Overpriced and Overrated – The $5 cover is equivalent to what most karaoke bars charge at the door. But, the drinks are enormously expensive. Their "bar" isn't really a bar either. It's a tiny little counter where 2-3 employees run around behind the counter serving drinks and doing transactions at the same time. In fact, it resembles more like a bowling alley cash register counter. While you're waiting for your next drink, you definitely miss out on your opportunity to catch other people sing or even your chance to sing because you can't see the stage!
Don't even think about reserving a studio. They have 3-4 rooms all varying in size but the issue here is their pricing. Their website claims that they charge $10 per person per hour. Unfortunately, you have to click some links to open up a PDF that details their pricing structure written in fine print. For instance, a group discount is only available on Fridays, which is not listed on their main website. You have to open the PDF to read their Studio Rental Agreement. What's more? They charge in increments of every half hour multiplied by the total number of people you reserved for. Yeah, it's confusing right? You go read it yourself and see if it makes any sense. When do you ever organize a party to have everyone show up all at the same time? Never. This Studio reservation only works if you all showed up together at the same time. Again, none of this is explicitly outlined on their website; only on their agreement policy.
Their song lists are shown on touch-screen monitors. And no, it's not like working your iPhone because these monitors will drive you crazy trying to look for your song. What's more? LimeLight seems to not have most of the songs that other bars have.
LimeLight markets heavily on how so many celebrities came and had fun. I'm not a celebrity and neither are you. Save your money and go to an average karaoke bar where you pay a lot less for your drinks and have equal chance of singing.
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