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Karaoke Bar, Bar, and Korean Restaurant$$$$
Japantown, San Francisco
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  • Yvonne L.
    "Get the flavored soju!"(7 Tips)
    Chris 🍻 M.
    "chug a bottle of yogurt soju and get your karaoke on upstairs"(3 Tips)
    Jim C.
    "... chicken with sweet and spicy sauce. It's so bomb with yogurt soju that I don't..."(2 Tips)
    Cristina S.
    "their Haemul Panjeon (seafood pancake) is hella good."(2 Tips)
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  • Chris H.
    Chris HarrisonDecember 30, 2016
    Deep fried potstickers are amazing. Pairs really good with a cold OB.
  • Helen Z.
    Helen ZhangSeptember 16, 2015
    Cheese corn! Great place to drink with friends and grab some snacks.
  • SFist
    SFistApril 15, 2015
    After a movie at Sundance Kabuki, come here to be the star. You can eat, drink, and occupy a private karaoke booth until 2 AM, living the rock star dream. Read more
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithMarch 6, 2015
    Probably the best karaoke bar food in the city, if you can get past the terrible UI of the machine and the small selection. No room fees.
  • Madhu M.
    Madhu MNovember 30, 2014
    Karaoke and soju make for great nights.
  • Patty K.
    Patty KimMay 31, 2014
    Buy four get one free!
  • Cristina S.
    Cristina S.March 15, 2014
    Corn & cheese. Don't fight it.
  • Cristina S.
    Cristina S.March 15, 2014
    their Haemul Panjeon (seafood pancake) is hella good.
  • Jim C.
    Jim ChanFebruary 15, 2014
    Of all the tips I have read so far, I cannot believe no one talked about their fried chicken with sweet and spicy sauce. It's so bomb with yogurt soju that I don't get why you ordered other items.
  • Crispin M.
    Crispin McCabeDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's great that they have a happy hour 7 days a week from 5-7PM, check your bill though as twice they forgot to apply the 50% discount.
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareJune 7, 2013
    The exterior of Playground was used as the "Nipon Relaxation Spa", where James Bond takes Pola Ivanova and tickles her "Tchaikovsky", before stealing her casette tape in A View to a Kill (1985). Read more
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyApril 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    chug a bottle of yogurt soju and get your karaoke on upstairs
  • Tiffany A.
    Tiffany ArnoneApril 23, 2013
    Everything is sticky. It's gross.
  • Sahil B.
    Sahil BhutaniApril 22, 2013
    Do not order sweet potato fries, you'll regret it big time!
  • Yunah R.
    Yunah RhaMarch 7, 2013
    Korean music videos are addicting!
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouFebruary 19, 2013
    this is really a good Korean spot to hit, then plus i mean karaoke. yes.
  • Janet H.
    Janet HFebruary 11, 2012
    Strong Soju. Make sure you have a DD ;)
  • Diego S.
    Diego SaavedraFebruary 10, 2012
    Try the leeche drink with the number 9 dish... damn... so good
  • Debbie L.
    Debbie LeightNovember 18, 2011
    Go here with groups up to 18 for an awesome karaoke experience. The service is fantastic!
  • jocelyn L.
    jocelyn L.November 15, 2011
    FRIED CHICKEN!
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChangOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    cheesecorn.
  • Alice L.
    Alice LeeSeptember 21, 2011
    SOON DOOBOO - spicy soft tofu stew with seafood Read more
  • Chris Y.
    Chris YantekSeptember 9, 2011
    Order hite for cheap ass beer!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kAugust 17, 2011
    unexpectedly delicious korean food at a late-night karaoke place in the middle of japantown. i highly recommend the mool naeng myun (cool soup) and the chajamyun (noodles in black bean sauce).
  • Cliff W.
    Cliff W.July 15, 2011
    Don't eat the using soup, unless you like the intense taste of bacon!
  • Megan B.
    Megan BerryJuly 15, 2011
    Sing yo ass off
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.May 22, 2011
    soju and karaoke cures all things
  • ClaireSays C.
    ClaireSays ChangMay 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    #39 dduk bokki - spicy rice cake w/noodle, a must try!
  • Yvonne L.
    Yvonne LySeptember 18, 2010
    Get the flavored soju! Lychee is the best
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeJanuary 29, 2010
    The fire chicken is awesome.
  • yama
    yamaMay 22, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    order the yogurt soju! Enjoy the corn and cheese!
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian ChanMay 9, 2009
    holy bulgogi this place is a discovery!
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