The perfect karaoke night requires some essential planning.
First of all, many songs will need to be considered. It’s your night to shine and practicing your chosen tunes by way of singing into a hairbrush in the mirror is completely normal—and highly encouraged. But there are other important factors to consider, like whether you want to go public or private, and which neighbourhood in the city you prefer to hang out.
Now, get your vocal cords ready! Because this list highlights the best public and private karaoke bars the city has to offer.
The Office Pub
Where: 117 John St. & 7 King St. E
When: Friday & Saturday 10 pm – 2:30 am
The Office Pub boasts two convenient locations, which means if one is too busy, the other is bound to have some room to spare. Located in the heart of tourism-Toronto, The Office Pub provides public karaoke every Friday and Saturday evening (the John street location also hosts on Thursday’s.) Both locations often fill up fast and bring in tons of street traffic, so if you want to get in more than one song to please the masses, be sure to show up with your pals bright and early.
Where: 1306 Bloor St. W
When: Wednesday & Thursday
If you want an intimate public karaoke setting where the drinks are plentiful and the crowd cheers you on regardless of how you sound, then look no further than Penny’s. Hosted by Jason Rolland, Penny’s karaoke nights have become somewhat of a cult favourite in Toronto. Known for its good vibes and rad selection of tunes, Penny’s will welcome you with open arms and send you home safely on the subway via Lansdowne station, which is just a few steps away.
Where: 530 Dundas St. W, Second Floor
When: Every day, 3 pm – 3 am
If a private karaoke room fit for royalty is on your list of musical must-haves, then you have to book a room at 8090 KTV. Seriously, these rooms are fully decked out from floor to ceiling, making them ideal for celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries. The 8090 KTV website lists booking prices based on the number of people and which night of the week you plan to sing. They also provide their food and drink menus online for extra planning.
Where: 1214 Queen St. W
When: Once a month
If you and your friends have dreams of running away to start a band together, then the Gladstone Hotel is your next karaoke hot spot. The Gladstone Melody Bar hosts Good Enough Live Karaoke once a month, and trust us when we say that it is as good as it sounds. This live event caters to all tastes with over 400 songs, which you can view ahead of time on the Good Enough Live Karaoke website.
Bar + Karaoke
Where: 360 Yonge St. (above Swiss Chalet)
When: Monday – Thursday, 5 pm – 3 am | Friday – Sunday, 3 pm – 3 am
The name really says it all. Bar + Karaoke is a private karaoke bar and lounge that can accommodate all occasions by providing small, medium, and large rooms. They also make it super easy to plan ahead for karaoke night with access to their song catalogue on their website, including a rotation of new songs they’ve added to their already impressive repertoire. Aspiring singers can also book their reservations online while being able to view room capacities and pricing.
Where: 1192 Queen St. W
When: Sundays, 11 pm – 2 am
The reoccurring karaoke event at The Beaver is another favourite in the city. This queer-friendly space is small, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character. The Beaver offers a wide selection of drinks and a limited amount of snacks, but they encourage you to bring your own food if you choose. Come for the public karaoke and stay for the good vibes and extra close proximity to your friends and strangers.
Echo Karaoke & Lounge
Where: 693 Bloor St. W
When: Sunday – Thursday, 2 pm – 2 am | Friday – Saturday, 2 pm – 2:30 am
A staple when it comes to private karaoke options in the city, Echo Karaoke & Lounge is home to a variety of rooms and price ranges to fit every party need. You won’t be able to access their song library online, but you can reserve your spot and view their drink and food menus. What truly sets Echo apart is their coin-operated karaoke booths perfect for private duets or personal space to belt out the words to your favourite songs without an audience.
The Bond Pub
Where: 2340 Dundas St. W
When: Friday – Saturday, 10 pm – 2 am
Located directly across from Dundas West station, The Bond Pub is a quaint restaurant that doubles as a karaoke bar every Friday and Saturday night. It’s perfect for large crowds that want to avoid the cramped space of a private karaoke room. You will often find locals passing through, and if they aren’t selecting their favourite song to sing, they are just as eager to cheer on the crowd. Its easy subway access and care-free attitude is what makes it worthy of a stop on your tour.