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 / Leather District, Downtown, Central, Chinatown
limelite rocks! – I got the crew together for a friend's 30th and the naysayers who said karaoke wasn't their thang, ended up with their foot ..uh the mic... in their mouth. It was really a riot! People loved it across the board and our group was a mix of hipsters (not me) and those who don't rage like this too often (me).
So the point of a review is to share the wisdom, so some thoughts on the experience -
1) The room is a must. We did the lounge-y area too but the wait to sing was forever. I think people got more into it anyway without strangers witnessing the insanity.
2) Food is limited. This is NOT a dinner place. Those in our group who skipped the pre-party dinner assumed they could order real food at the bar. Unless chicken fingers are dinner to you, don't plan on more than snacks. We did get a cake and it was good but maybe i was too trashed to notice otherwise.
3) Another reviewer mentioned lines at the bar and yes it was mobbed which was annoying (although I pretty much expect that if a place is worth going to). This is one other reason to do the studio room - the waitress comes to you. Room service = happy me! uninterrupted karaoke - now you're talking.
4) Songs - anyone who goes to kareoke wants to know about songs THEIR song. Fair to say limelite has it, they have tons. Even better, there is no need to try to look through a song book because remembering the alphabet in a drunken state is not easy. It's all fancy schmancey touchscreen so you can just click on a singer and the tracks come up.
5) Price. It isn't crazy by any means ($10 cover is pretty standard for entertainemtn) but the rooms do get expensive espcially when you meant to sing for 2 hours and accidentally stayed for 3.5! Worth it though. I
I would recommend.
Never go to Limelight! – This place is a complete disaster. There was ONE bartender on a Saturday night! The lines were ridiculous. I got 3 beers and they were all different prices. The DJ sucked and kept putting the SAME people on stage and these guys were wasted and swearing. They were also throwing the microphones around, but she STILL kept letting them go up there. Our group was there for a party, we had a cake. I was told the cake was 45 bucks. When I went to pay for it, the RUDE manager told me the cake was 65. 65 dollars for a cake that looked like my 7 year old nephew made it. When I emailed the contact that I had been working with to reserve tables for the party the next day, she told me I should not have been charged 65 bucks. But I have not heard back from her since...well over a week ago. We will NEVER go back there. 10 dollar admission too, to wait in line forever for a drink and watch the same idiots fall off the stage. NO THANKS!
Horrible night 2 times in a row for the Sunday comedy show – The comedy show on Sunday really was horrid. We went 2 weeks in a row and second week we all just left halfway thru. Never again.
its a time warp – Im not a karaoke fan by any stretch of the imagination but figured I'd be a good sport since it was for a friends birthday. Our party of 12 went in the "studio" at 9pm and must have managed to time travel because about a few too many rounds and what seemed like an hr. later we were getting kicked out. It was apparently time to close, yep 1am. We were a bit in shock and bummed about all the $$ we somehow blew though but once our hang-over wore off we could joke about how we somehow sang or should i say ROCKED OUT for 4 hours straight!
Best Karaoke in Boston! – Limelight is the best karaoke club in Boston, hands down. They have both private "japanese-style" karaoke boxes that can be rented by the hour (perfect for those with a bit of stage fright) and a stage in a bar atmosphere where patrons can sit down and order drinks and snacks while alternately serving as both audience and performer. I was surprised to find that everyone there was having a good time - very few if any of those awkward too-afraid-to-sing or even dance along types. The pricing is fair and the emcee is great, plus the staff is very friendly and very accommodating. I would highly recommend this place for a party or just a night out on the town!
Not the greatest for recording or singing karaoke music!! – I went here a few times to sing, which was back in 2006, which wasn't bad, but they didn't have a big selection of songs at all. I also went to record a cd, but you can't control your sound yourself at all, and the way it comes out - even if you think you're the greatest singer - after a few drinks, forget it!!! You'll listen, and it's horrible and you pay over $100 for the damn thing!!! I'd rather stay home and sing on my computer. It's cheaper and I get to sing and record whatever and however many times I want!!
I'm confident enough in my masculinity to admit I enjoyed it – Even though my girlfriend dragged me in, I did up having fun, as did everyone there it seemed. I've never seen such a diverse mix at a Boston night spot: bachelorettes, college students, club-types and plenty of thirty-something professionals like myself. The space is really nice and the karaoke host was fantastic. Although we don't generally frequent places with a cover; $10 seemed more than reasonable for a night of entertainment. Two warnings though: they do not carry Sam Adams, which might possibly be breaking a MA law or two, also latecomers to our party didn't get seats.
thumbs up for office outing – I've visited Limelight for two birthday celebrations which were both fun. I thought it would be a good spot for a corporate party but for some reason could not find any reviews on here or yelp for that type of event. They sent me a really extensive list of businesses that had booked (Mayor Menino had his holiday party at a karaoke place?), but I wanted some first hand feedback - so here I go. To start with areas for improvement, I did have trouble reaching a live person and when I did get information thought the pricing was on the high end. However, the event was a huge success which is why I am writing this recommendation. We had 50 people in the "Stage" with the highest level of appetizer buffet and open bar. People I never would have imagined getting up and singing actually did. The karaoke was a great icebreaker and got people having lots of fun. Although I didn't get up there myself, watching my colleagues rock out was hilarious. The event got rave reviews across the board and two weeks later, people are still talking about it.
Crappy Equipment - Worse Customer Service – Went here for a 30th birthday party and had nothing but problems from the minute we walked in. We reserved the large room by the stage and after we got settled we tried to sing - but of the three microphones, 2 didn't work at all and the other kept cutting in and out plus if you moved the monitor in the middle of the room to choose a song it would lose power. Staff came in 3 times to fix it but never got it quite right and we were stuck with 1 barely working microphone and a monitor that we had to baby all night. Also the set up in this room is pretty bad because if you face the TV to read the words when you sing you have to have your back to the rest of the people in the room. Kinda hard to get in to it when you can't see anyone else.
The worst part though was the manager's reaction when we tried to tell her about all the problems we had - despite her personally coming in to fix the technical issues she kept telling us that it wasn't a big deal and we should have moved if we didn't like it. When we asked for a refund for the time the equipment didn't work she started saying that we were already getting an hour free (we used their buy 2 hours, get 1 free promotion). Eventually after 30+ minutes of negotiations she ended up giving us 1/2 hour off our bill but only after saying she "never wanted to see us or our friends in there again". Then she literally wouldn't let us leave until we left a cash tip for the waitress (which we were going to do anyways) - she actually stood over us until we collected money from everyone in our party for a tip!
Besides all that there was no one else in the club (maybe 10 people around the main stage) and the atmosphere was pretty stale (on a Sat. night).
There's better karoke places around.
ps - there is a reason they give away the free shots of "sake" (if you give them your email address)... its awful! don't bother with any drinks actually, they only serve well drinks and they're pretty watered down
turning 31 and rockin out at the lime – I'm a pretty easy-going guy and have never wasted the energy writing an online review no matter how good or bad the experience. I'm taking an Oprah moment to share my story with the masses because the girlfriend was giving me sh-t about about what she read on here. Luckily I figured with all the awards and whatnot, this place was legit and we went ahead with plans to make complete fools of ourselves...which we most certainly did! We had a blast and didn't have any issues with the waitresses or emcee. Everyone seemed extremely friendly, which makes me think Susie Q might not have been on her best behavior. I mean if having young people and empty beer bottles scares you away from a nightspot, it's possible Boston is not the town for you. Perhaps I'm ignorant of the kareoke scene - admittedly I don't exactly make the rounds HOWEVER in our party of 20+ there were some "experienced" kareoke singers and I know the consensus was limelight is the biggest, hippest, most high tech kareoke set-up we'd seen.
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