Steve Corral is hoping that your bad singing will help support his passion for dance.
The B-boy, who owns breakdancing school Zoologic, opened the Japanese-style Ninja Karaoke bar in October, located at 1009 S. Main St.
Corral took a chance on the north side of Main Street, where the only thing crowding the block is construction cones. The Las Vegas native is betting on growth and the lack of competition in the area since the majority of karaoke Downtown is American-style, similar to Dino’s, where partiers sing along to an open audience instead of in private rooms.
Corral and his fiancé Mami Kanemitsu opened the bar with partner Takahiro Takamatsu. The couple are both dancers who met on television show America’s Best Dance Crew. Corral, now 34, has been a professional B-boy since 18. Over the years, he’s performed with Jabbawockeez, Cirque du Soleil and Super Cr3w. Kanemitsu is in the We Are Heroes dance crew. She’s also trained in karate and is skilled with a samurai sword, so bouncing out on the check is unadvised.
Photos by Krystal Ramirez
Upon walking in you’ll find a step-and-repeat “social media area” with a karaoke ninja. There are multiple 3D-textured wooden walls and “black space paint” on the floors that make it look like you’re walking on a galaxy.
“When you open the door and you walk in, I want you to feel like you’re in Japan. That was the number one goal,” Corral says.
Photos by Krystal Ramirez
The front bar fits around 50 people and has American-style karaoke, which can be rented out for private events. A hallway leads to eight private Japanese-themed rooms, including ones inspired by anime and the yakuza to a ninja dojo and a samurai room, the latter of which features a painting of Kanemitsu with a sword. There’s also the VIP Geisha Suite, which has a rolling door that allows the room to be open or private.
Each room is a different size with varying rates, ranging from $25 per hour for a group of five in smalls rooms to $70 per hour for up to 10 people in the VIP suite. They also offer happy hour rates during weekdays.
For liquid courage, guests can enjoy several Japanese-themed specialty drinks such as the Godzilla, Shogun Champagne, Geisha Martini and Hidden Temple. Traditional bar drinks are available as well.
Corral says one of the best parts of the space is the covered 2,000-square-foot patio in the back, which features DJs and dance parties, such as the upcoming Run DMC tribute night on January 20. The venue is also the new home of long-running open mic Human Experience.
Corral says they are working on providing catering for large parties that make reservations.
Ninja Karaoke is open from 5 p.m. “until the party ends” Monday through Sunday.