Oh!Houlies what a good time!
By Kristine Fields
If you’re thinking about venturing out to find a new karaoke spot, we’d like to ask, have you been to O’Houlies lately?
Just north of Seattle at exit #220 in Mountlake Terrace, take a left over the freeway, O’Houlies is down the hill on the right. What a fun place for karaoke! A great spot outside your usual karaoke zone. Yes, I said karaoke. O’Houlies has karaoke in spades! I don’t know what that means, but it’s a lot! How many nights a week, you ask? Well allow me to be the bearer of good news. You are invited to sing to your heart’s content at O’Houlies every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and twice on Sundays! Actually, it’s just once on Sunday, like the other days.
Karaoke Host, Deanna, has featured her own brand of karaoke at O’Houlies now for just under two years. She’s built a nice sized crowd that seems to really enjoy the atmosphere, the music and song selection, and man, I absolutely loved the light show!
Pete, a guy we’ve known for several years, told us that this was his #1 most favorite local hot spot for singing! He wasn’t alone either. As I looked around I noticed that the audience was anywhere from barely 21 to the 50+ crowd, and everyone seemed right at home.
The sound is excellent, and the filler music definitely suited the mood of the room. People would get up and dance to just about everything, fast or slow, and cheer on all the singers, which is something I always look for when deciding to sing or not.
The bar staff was friendly and attractive, and the drink prices were better than average, at least for what we ordered. I saw a couple of pool tables and dartboards in a separate area toward one side, and the bar sits right smack in the middle of it all.
There’s a dance floor and a small stage too. The bar was fully-decorated for the season, festive decor hung from the ceilings and walls and made it feel even more fun somehow.
One hard-to-find perk that you’ll enjoy at O’Houlies is Host Deanna’s complete collection of LDs. For you young ones, those are the original Large Discs that we used to play, way back when karaoke was new on the bar scene 25 years ago. These discs feature videos in the background and the soundtracks are about as close to the original songs as I’ve ever heard. It was also refreshing to note that it wasn’t just one type of music being sung. Elder singers didn’t sing just the oldies, and those more spry did not epitomize their age group, singing the new. It was Pete who sang “Under The Bridge”, and Ben followed with “Hoochie Coochie Man.” There was no specific genre of music preferred here. Country, Pop, Rap, old or new, doesn’t matter, it’s all welcome and applauded.
O’Houlies also has pulltabs, one of my favorite Pub temptations.
Tucked away in a strip mall, you may not notice O’Houlies, so open your eyes to a brand new experience and find out what you’ve been missing. Tell Deanna you saw it here. Have a blast!