I know what you have been thinking- Providence has a lack of hot spots where I can scream “Let It Go” at the top of my lungs in a sound proof room and jump on couches with my friends. Lucky for you, The Boombox has come to town.
Located in the back of the Dean Hotel, which has already become one of the most buzzed about spots in town after only a few weeks, The Boombox is Providence’s first Korean style karaoke lounge. Offering a lounge area in the front (which was absolutely mobbed on opening weekend), as well as five private karaoke rooms in the back that are available for reservations. When in the room, it is hard not to remember that The Dean was infamously a brothel in its former life. It makes you wonder what else happened in those sound proof rooms.
I had been talking about The Boombox opening since last fall when it was first announced, and I made reservations for opening weekend as soon as they opened up. With hopes of a legendary evening, I arrived at The Dean for my reservation armed with glow sticks for added ambiance. I also will take just about any excuse to wear a glow stick.
The series of available songs fit every palate. Notable inclusions were Drunk in Love, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, and 99 Problems. They truly do have something for everyone with a 30,000 song library. It wasn’t until the next day that one of my friends cursed me for not adding Do You Want to Build a Snowman to the queue. Our original reservation was for two hours, but we were having so much fun, we convinced them to let us stay for an extra hour. I could have kept going, but by the end of the evening after screaming songs for three hours, I would open my mouth to sing and nothing would come out.
Added benefit of Boombox? The manager Dennel not only creates a high energy and cheerful atmosphere, but he also popped his head into the room a few times to sing along with us. Also, unlike the karaoke joints in New York that hold you over a barrel with expensive drink options, you can get your favorite Narragansetts at Boombox (or more upscale options, if you so prefer).
I can’t wait to return!
Note: I considered embedding some particularly notable song clips from our evening into the post, but decided that I did not want to blow out the ear drums of any of my wonderful readers. You’re welcome.