Best Of 2005

BEST KARAOKE: Wilson’s Sports Lounge

Karaoke isn’t just about the singing; it’s about the atmosphere and the people-watching, too. And while you can hear singers talented and terrible at Mugs ‘N Jugs while chowing down on some wings, it’s just more fun to round up a gaggle of friends and experience the good, the bad and the ugly on a weekend at Wilson’s. The bar is only nominally a “sports lounge.” In actuality, it’s a dive, one of our favorites, and that makes for a much more eclectic environment, one where an anonymous trailer-park diva might give up a note-perfect Celine Dion cover right before a dude who might or might not be homeless absolutely, hilariously chokes on the lyrics to “Baby Got Back.” Plus, there’s often a gaggle of local musicians in the place, one-upping each other and egging their friends on. 3030 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-895-4219.