Houston >Arts & Entertainment > Glitter Karaoke
2621 Milam St Ste A, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.745873 -95.376159
Neighborhoods: Midtown, South Central
Best karaoke bar in Houston so far! Unfortunately, you have to be a pretty good singer to stand up to the competition. If you want a snack, go for the gourmet popcorn!
We had fun! – Went here for a friends birthday party and I had a great time. I am actually a little surprised by the bad reviews. It was mixed crowd. Nice decor, food and drink prices were fair. I didnt have a problem with the staff they weren't overly pleasant but still a far cry from rude. I was only here for a couple of hours, as opposed to the other ladies who had been there for about 4 or 5 I'm assuming. They complained about not hearing enough of their requests. I placed a request for two songs, but did not get a chance to sing. I still had a good time listening to the other patrons, and two of songs from our group. My friend recommended getting a private room next time, which is what I plan to do.
Awesome Place – I really don't get the bad reviews and I can't comment on them because I wasn't there but what I do know is there are two sides to every story. I would have loved to have been there on those "rude" nights to see what went down. Usually when someone uses the race card, that's what one of the previous customers meant when they wrote "it is unfortunate educated black women and men in Mid-town can't enjoy themselves at Glitter Karaoke", they are just overly pissed because they didn't get their way and will always fall back on the race card to try to really discredit an establishment. The "Poor me" syndrome. Did someone really have to say "educated"? I guess we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Bad service is bad service and there is no problem stating that if true but it seems someone has personal issues.
Sorry, about that but I really hate people using the race card. Use it if someone used hateful words to you, when you didn't get that job KNOWINGLY because of your race, etc. Btw, I'm a minority also and I go to Glitter, on the average, two times a week and see Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, Gay men and women, and whites every time I go.
The staff is incredible! They are always going out of there way to make sure everyone is being taken care of. I have taken many friends to Glitter and they always can't wait to go back. The owners, bartenders, waitresses, and doorman have been class acts no matter what night I go. My friends and I live across town and don't even think about the drive there because it's worth it for us.
Advice - Don't go into anyplace with a chip on your shoulder and you might walk out with a great experience.
This place is great! – It's unfortunate that Glitter has so many poor reviews. I come here for my Birthday and everyone has a blast. The staff if very friendly and everyone always has a great time. They have so many songs each time is an adventure.
It's not that bad. – Sorry to hear that everybody had a bad experience, mine on the other hand was pleasant. All staff members I had interactions with were all professional and friendly. The place is not dirty like how the person prior described. The place was clean and the singing organization was alright. Of course when a karaoke place is packed, your not gonna get all your songs in, but my group got all ours in. Next time I go back, I'll rent out one of the rooms and see how that's like.
Horrible Place – I believe what others say on this site. The door guy is horrible and the place is dirty. He was very rude to my friends because he suspected they were gay. He kept causing trouble with them all night and then called the cops on them to make them leave. Also, one of my friends was sitting out on the patio in a chair and he pulled up the back of the chair and she fell out of it. We will never ever go back and neither will anyone we know if we have anything to do with it.
worst karaoke place in houston – Hey all it is rather unfortunate that educated black women and men in Mid-town can not enjoy themselves at Glitter Karaoke.
If you are black please spare yourself and avoid Glitter at all cost. I NEVER believed that people could be so racist in this day and age until I went to Glitter for my birthday.
From the time we walked in the owner had made it very clear that customer service was NOT his priority. When we asked for a waiter he kindly told us that we would get no such thing. We would have to walk to the bar and place any food orders along with drinks.
Boy did we order! It was my birthday so we ate and drank and had to WATCH others karaoke because he refused to call us up. When I asked him why he wasn't calling us up there he asked me "if I could read " ,a sign that said " two drink minimum" I showed him my table with all the food and drinks on it and asked him not to insult me.
Basically we were able to get him to let us sing 7 times even though there were only about 25 people there and 11 of them were MY guest!!!
This place is a nightmare, bad customer service, clear racial lines drawn, and a owner who has a lot to learn.
Do NOT come here to have a good time YOU will be very sorry you did.
Upmarket needn't be uppity, but it is. – Let me start by saying that I have only ever been to Glitter once (though I went with some regulars) and it was regrettably one of those nights that lives in memory as a soured evening. Well located, with an updated decor and a largely good atmosphere Glitter makes a great first impressions. This however seems to be owing to attitudes of the people who come and have fun in spite of the staff who believe they need to act aloof in order to maintain the upmarket pretensions. Highly praised for not feeling like a venue for the cliched cat clattering renditions of classic Tina Turner, Glitter in the end manages to deliver only some of luster of an 'upscale' venue but with unfortunately almost all of the negative connotations that also comes with.
On a basic level the treatment at first was just rather poor. Guided to your room the computer is left for you to figure out, as is one of the broken microphones. Annoying but if you agree that this was a Saturday night and even a $150 fee for a private room doesn't buy you much attention, potentially forgivable. Overcome that sense of abandonment, and your left wondering why you've never seen the waitress until the bill arrives and the more conspiracy minded start realizing the bar would rather your minimum spend was made up of supplement charges than drinks. With each person in our party eager to to pay their way, some ask to contribute for their drinks as they order while others wait to split the remainder via cards. This is exploited by taking the cash as if our friends were "not with us". The room bill arrives with few drinks on it., the aforementioned large random fees designed to make up the deficit and a compulsory 20% gratuity for what can only presumed to be ironic effect.
So is this a tale of a few fools, who got caught out by an unexpected $180 bill and felt compelled to bellyache about it? Ah if only. Instead this night was a special occasion so we elect to pay without incident, pausing only to ask why there are two identical $30 gratuity charges and the drinks budget is so little. At this point I'm afraid the story becomes rather muddled. We're asked to pay the bill immediately, with a don't-you-know-who-we-are attitude. Told there's no time to split among cards, no time even to wait for our card back, the waitress is replaced by a burly bouncer.
Glitter, overly proud of it's high end credentials you expect your bouncer to be the classy "Time to leave please ladies and gentleman" type. Instead you get the more direct, "Right, you're done, get out." that's usually reserved for the guys who get drunk and handsy at feeder road strip clubs. As everyone moves for jackets and purses the attitude only degenerates further until the level of aggression being shown wouldn't really be appropriate anywhere. Within the next 3 minutes we have been ejected and find ourselves out on the street without our card or an explanation for what caused the urgency. The door staff offer less explanation than our malformed receipt, and we're left to ponder.
Overall, Glitter ended up feeling like potentially a rather seedy venue, dressed in high end lighting and convinced that it's own high prices were license to forego the friendliness that so much of Houston is famous for. Our experience was of course a one off, and with those in our party having been before (though now never again), it's fair to say it's not necessarily what you can expect. However perhaps Glitter sum's it up best themselves. When one of us said to the bouncer:
"Hey what the hell? Last time we come back!"
his response was simply:
"Pffft, we don't need you."
So no, this isn't the place for the wailing of wannabe Whitney's and Glitter does prove karaoke needn't be kitsch, but you may find it's the staff that can be the biggest diva's and their swagger that leaves you feeling the most uncomfortable.
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