The Voicebox Story

Voicebox opened the doors to its original Northwest location on Halloween night, 2008. We’ve worked every day since to change the way our guests experience karaoke, creating what we consider the most inviting, inclusive and fun way to spend a night with friends. Scott Simon started Voicebox so he could bring everything he loved about Asian-style box karaoke to his (then new) hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Since opening day Scott and the incredible staff have helped redefine karaoke in the States by breaking expectations: a night at Voicebox is as much about the unexpected conversation, the background singer, and the goofy dance as it is about taking the mic. In November of 2013 we opened our second location in the heart of Portland’s vibrant Lower Morrison (LoMo) neighborhood. With all the friends we’ve made so far, we expect to continue growing and opening new locations around Portland and beyond so even more people can share the Voicebox experience.

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When we started Voicebox, we couldn’t find software that would give our guests the excellent experience we demanded. So we built our own from scratch to make the song library easy to search, easy to update with the latest songs, and easy for you to manage from our custom remote control – or the convenience of your smart phone.

Visit on your phone to see how it works. At Voicebox you manage your own song queue, choosing from our incredible selection and watching as your song moves to the top. You can even use our online song search and playlist builder before your party so you can arrive ready to go. Each suite at both locations is equipped with a flat-screen TV, two microphones (for duets or duels, you be the judge), professionally calibrated sound, light dimmers and some decidedly low-tech devices like tambourines.



  • Karaoke without the audience of strangers? It's coming to RiNo

    March 8, 2016

    The Denver Post

    Portland,Ore.-based Voicebox to open 10 private-room karaoke suites in Denver’s River North neighborhood this summer.

    Voicebox has signed a lease for a 4,500-square-foot space at 2601 Walnut St. in the booming River North neighborhood, inside the same redevelopment that’s home to Osaka Ramen, Biju’s Little Curry Shop and Park Burger.

  • Bringing Private-Suite Karaoke To Denver In Summer 2016

    February 10, 2016

    Eater Denver

    This is not your mom’s karaoke bar: Through a proprietary technology developed by the Oregon-based company, guests can make a playlist and “favorite” songs in advance of their suite reservation.

  • Best of Portland Readers' Poll Top 200

    July 15, 2015

    Willamette Week

    Some karaoke places put singers on a stage. Others have them singing on the floor with the lay people. Voicebox has a more intimate solution: private suites.

  • The Reluctant Adventurer: Voicebox Karaoke

    October 3, 2014

    Go Local PDX

    …when a close friend recently suggested karaoke, I agreed because I love my friends so much that if one of them called and said they were all going to brew their own kombucha and try ecstatic dance, I’d probably do it.

    What I didn’t realize is that I was agreeing to THE GREATEST NIGHT OF KARAOKE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

  • How to Have Tons of Fun in Portland before Bedtime

    July 29, 2014

    USA Today

    Voicebox made our list, because they offer an incredible karaoke experience starting earlier in the day. Voicebox has redefined karaoke in the States by breaking expectations: a night at Voicebox is as much about the unexpected conversation, the background singer, and the goofy dance as it is about taking the mic…

  • Portland Best Bars 2014: The New Southeast Stumble

    February 3, 2014

    Portland Monthly

    At private karaoke wonderland Voicebox’s new east-side location next door, you can slurp sake cocktails in its spacious bar and spy on work groups and birthday revelers while you wait your turn ($4–7 per hour per person).

  • Bachelorette Party Plans: Singing With Your Besties

    November 12, 2013

    Oregon Bride

    This is the way karaoke should be experienced, my lovelies. What I love about Voicebox are all of the ways that you control the party including smartphone control of the suites that allow guests to manage their song queues, alter lighting effects and build their playlist in advance.

  • New Voicebox Location Opens Next Week; Portland Prepares to Sing Guts Out

    November 7, 2013

    The Portland Mercury

    …from what I saw during my tour the other day, it’s gonna be BOSS. There will be eight suites of varying sizes (accommodating anywhere from 8 to 40 singers), with acoustical improvements, AND dual monitors (so you can face your audience or the screen). There will be dancing space (yes!), and plenty of room to set down your drinks… which you can order from the new 26 foot bar stocked with delicious booze…

  • Karaoke Lovers Rejoice

    June 14, 2013

    The Portland Mercury

    The Mercury can’t wait for the new location in Southeast Portland to open, and neither can we. Steven Humphrey admits his desire to skip the line and sing all night, and talks about Voicebox’s place in the emerging Lower Morrison neighborhood.

  • Best of the City

    May 22, 2012

    Portland Monthly

    Every year, the Portland Monthly announces category winners from the magazine’s favorite food, shopping, and nightlife venues. Voicebox is proud to have made the list as best karaoke in Portland. The Monthly writers appreciate Voicebox’s private suites, noting that “…waiting on pins and needles for a bellicose KJ to call your name to the stage is never a problem” here. We won’t argue with that.

  • Sing Your Heart Out

    July 12, 2011

    KGW News Channel 8

    Joe Smith and the intrepid News Channel 8 team visits Voicebox to learn what private suite karaoke is all about, peeking into a few parties to get a first-hand experience. Follow the link to see strong renditions of George Michaels’ “Faith” (Joe claims to not recognize the song) and the Ting Tings “Shut Up and Let Me Go.” We claim not to recognize that song.

  • Party's in the Box

    December 4, 2008

    The Portland Tribune

    A review of Voicebox from opening night, featuring a good interview with owner Scott Simon. Beware, there are some over-the-top claims here, including one woman’s exclamation that a night at Voicebox is “the most fun she’s ever had in her entire life.” It’s in print, so naturally we believe every word.



Party Pack Donations Voicebox offers a special fundraising donation to help support your cause for qualifying nonprofits, charities and schools. A two hour karaoke party in the Premier Suite is a desirable auction/raffle item and the donation winner can gather up 30 guests for a celebration of their choosing. We love making new friends this way. Email your request to our Guest Services team. Please include your organization’s name, address, tax ID and event date. We’ll do the rest.


Voicebox cares deeply about our guests, our team, and our planet. You can feel good knowing that every kilowatt amplifying your voice comes from 100% renewable energy.


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Common Questions

  • What exactly is private box karaoke?

    Voicebox features private suites for groups large and small, each of which comes equipped with a flat screen TV, two microphones, remote-controlled song selection, and attentive, personal service.

  • Are families and young adults welcome?

    Of course! We host special parties for families, weddings, birthdays, and any occasion where young adults are either part of the group or make up the entire group!

  • How does payment work?

    Payment for suite rental is arranged during the reservation phone call. The time you reserve is the time we’ll hold the suite in your name. For that reason, there are no refunds or discounts for early departure or late arrival. In the likely event that your party is going strong, check with your server ASAP to extend the good times.

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