Going Out Guide: Music

Suds & Songs
MUSIC Beer. Wings. Karaoke. Sometimes, you don’t need much else. Until 1:30 a.m. every night, amateur singers take to the stage to sing karaoke versions of their favorite tunes. Between emotional renditions of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” patrons can unwind at two pool tables, grab a drink at the 40-foot bar or bask in the glow of seven TVs. Rock It Grill, Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. rockit-grill.com

Karaoke in comfort
MUSIC Test your singing chops in six private karaoke rooms with your closest friends. Café Muse packs their songbooks with more than 60,000 songs to choose from, so whether you like to bring out your inner Britney Spears or take a trip down memory lane with David Bowie, chances are they will have your song of choice. In addition to classics in English, each machine also plays backing tracks for tens of thousands of songs in Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese. Rooms come equipped with big screen or projector television screens, colored disco lights and plenty of seating, perfect for a long night of singing with friends. Room rates starting at $35/hour on weekends. cafemusekaraoke.com

MUSIC Order a mai-tai from the brightly-lit neon bar and embrace Korean culture at this karaoke cafe in Centreville. Although the lineup consists primarily of Korean songs, you can still find American pop hits to croon along with your friends. Songs are updated daily, meaning there’s always something new to discover when flipping through music selections. To quell hungers built by a night of singing, the cafe’s cooks assemble a lengthy menu populated by Asian fare such as fried sa-chun dumplings and a Korean variation of the classic cheesesteak sandwich. Lulu Café & Karaoke; room rates starting at $30+/hour. lulu-cafe.com

Happy Hour Karaoke Cruises
Happy Hour Karaoke Cruises (Photography by Mollie Tobias)

Cruise ‘n’ Croon
MUSIC Karaoke cruises combine boating with a high seas adventure on the Potomac. This two-hour cruise includes snacks and drink vouchers for those who need a little help finding their voice on the not-so-high seas. Rock the boat and even win a prize for your performance by getting the most applause. Like every one of Capital Yacht’s vessels, the ship comes with all the modern amenities of a karaoke club such as bathrooms, dance floors and a full cash bar. Even if you’re not singing, this cruise has plenty to do and see. Happy Hour Karaoke Cruises; various dates and times / $40 per person. capitalyacht.com

Suit up for the symphony

Loudoun Symphony
$22 general admission
The Concert Hall at Virginia Academy/Community Church and the Franklin Arts Center

Fairfax Symphony
$25+ general admission
George Mason University Center for the Arts

Manassas Symphony
$72 general admission
Hylton Performing Arts Center

McLean Orchestra
$40 general admission
Oakcrest School

Reston Community Orchestra
Free admission, but donations are appreciated
Reston Community Center

Amadeus Concerts
$30 general admission
Saint Luke Catholic Church

(October 2013)