4654 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-406-4043; mutinybar.com
When you hear “Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take you to/ Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama,” then it is likely that the Beach Boys have successfully transported you to Kokomo — a place where all your troubles are left upon the shore. Mutiny Bar in Southwest Detroit might be the new kid on the block, but it is the closest damn thing to a tropical getaway the city has got. The kitschy tiki decor is just the tip of the volcano, as the exotic drinks (a la the Scorpion Bowl) at dive-bar prices and laid-back atmosphere set the perfect stage for frills-free karaoke with hostess Shantasy Island. Not only does she come with a stacked 28,000 song catalogue to choose from each Thursday night, but she’s got a set of killer pipes to drown even the most insufferable “Margaritaville” renditions. “Hosting karaoke in a tropical environment is like a paradise,” Shantasy says. “Everyone relaxes a bit more and let’s their freak flag fly.” Not sure what to sing? Don’t sweat it. After all, you’re on island time. —Jerilyn Jordan
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