Best Of 2018

Best Place to Sing 'Brass in Pocket' in a Pink Wig: Tokyo Kitty

Best Place to Sing 'Brass in Pocket' in a Pink Wig
click to enlarge HAILEY BOLLINGER
Hailey Bollinger

The karaoke scene in Sofia Coppola’s wandering indie romcom Lost in Translation is a titillating examination of the chemistry between actors Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray and also the awesome karaoke culture of Japan. One local bar has harnessed that magic: Tokyo Kitty, the most recent hotly anticipated film-meets-fun bar from the team behind Gorilla Cinema, which also owns the Tarantino-themed Video Archive in Walnut Hills and The Shining-inspired Overlook Lodge in Pleasant Ridge. The neon-lit and uber kawaii Japanese karaoke bar plays off of Lost in Translation by offering seven themed private rental rooms — with high-tech in-room robot drink delivery via Bbot — a karaoke mainstage, a dance floor and Tiki-style cocktails. Private karaoke rooms go for between $20 and $50 an hour and singers can choose from around 500 popular party hits. It’s a futuristic fantasy land full of “happy fun song time” and shelves of pink wigs. Tokyo Kitty, 575 Race St., Downtown, thattokyobar.com.