THE SCORE: Although the façade seems dark and seedy, this Buford Highway karaoke bar is one of the best entertainment deals around. Six dollars per person buys you an hour of "American Idol" practice sessions in a private room complete with neon pink tambourines and a handy service call button. Hefty multilanguage songbooks are updated monthly by "popular demand" and contain everything from Jim Croce to OutKast.
THE DRINKS: The bar serves mixed drinks, fruit juices, sodas, some sake by the glass and bottle, and a pricey list of shochu (a Japanese clear distilled spirit similar to vodka).
THE FOOD: A small selection of middling bites like ramen noodles and oshinko (Japanese pickles) is available. We say eat before you come — why settle for average food with so many other great restaurants nearby?
HINT: Look for the "V" next to the certain songs for a spectacularly cheesy video background. The Hall & Oates "Maneater" montage was especially sidesplitting.
Karaoke Melody, 5979 Buford Highway (International Plaza), Suite A-11, Doraville. 770-986-8881. www.karaokemelody.com. Daily, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.