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The Best Karaoke Bars in Toronto

Posted by Wini Lo / January 26, 2015

karaoke torontoThe best karaoke bars in Toronto offer a little bit less pressure than public, open mic karaoke nights. Love to belt out a tune or two with friends, but too shy to do it in front of an entire bar? Private karaoke rooms can be found all over the GTA and are ready to serve you drinks, offer songs in an array of languages (in English, Korean, etc.) and range from current popular jams to nostalgic oldies - all without the daunting possibility of public humiliation.

Here are the best karaoke bars in Toronto.

See also: Karaoke nights in Toronto by day of the week

XO Karaoke

XO Karaoke

In the heart of Koreatown, XO sits above Clinton's in the stretch of Bloor between Bathurst and Christie stations, aka Koreatown. XO boasts a catalogue of over 500,000 songs in English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Tagalog, ranging from oldies to childhood/teen faves (New Kids on the Block, anyone?) to current, contemporary stuff (like that Drake guy) and updated often. They have three different room sizes and full bar service. More »

Twister Karaoke

Twister Karaoke

Located in North York (near Finch Station), Twister Karaoke's catalogue is available in nine languages - English, Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Russian, Indonesian, Spanish and Tagalog. Twister's boasts of themselves "Canada's Greatest Karaoke Box" - a "karaoke box" being what they call private karaoke rooms in Asia. Beer and wine are available. More »

Bar + Karaoke

Bar + Karaoke

In the Yonge and Gerrard (basically Ryerson) area, Bar + Karaoke's rooms can accommodate groups up to 25. Like most other karaoke bars, they offer songs in English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai, and the catalogue is fairly extensive. Want to check if they have your jam? Their website (http://bar-plus.com/) allows you to search their song list. I've looked long and hard for a bar in Toronto that has Rilo Kiley songs, and Bar+ actually has one. If you're feeling puckish, they serve packaged Korean snacks and also basic bar food (fries, chicken nuggets, wings). More »

Freezone Karaoke

Freezone Karaoke

Koreatown is definitely a hotbed for karaoke bars downtown Toronto and JaYu GonGan Karaoke ("Freezone" in English) describes themselves as the "oldest but cleanest" karaoke bar in Toronto, which could be true - they've been around since 1994. They offer oft-updated songs in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and an older selection of songs in Indonesian, Vietnamese, Russian, Thai and others. Also located near Christie and Bloor, Freezone's rooms have some pretty funky décor and eight available private rooms that will fit up to 15 people. More »

BMB Karaoke

BMB Karaoke

BMB has been noted as the best place to exercise foreign-language prowess, as their catalogue is extensively and largely Korean. They do have English songs, though, as well as Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. Surprise - it's located in Koreatown - they're the ones who've had the "Grand Opening" sign in their window for years. Their private rooms are best for small groups and are decorated with hanging lights, lasers and disco balls. They offer packaged Korean snacks and some bar food (fries, etc.). More »

Gorhe Gorhe

Gorhe Gorhe

One of the lesser-known, easier-to-miss karaoke bars in Koreatown is Gorhe Gorhe. Their sign is pretty small - and mostly in Korean. The catalogue contains mostly Korean, Chinese and Japanese songs, with a small selection of English tracks. Most rooms include two microphones and some, if you're lucky, have a tambourine! In addition to beer, Gorhe Gorhe also offers various Korean snacks and some bar food to get you going in between songs. More »

Ndolphin Karaoke

Ndolphin Karaoke

Venturing outside of downtown, Ndolphin Karaoke is located in North York, near Yonge and Finch (they were previously known as Star Karaoke). Their catalogue offers a fairly updated selection of Korean, Chinese and English songs, with older tunes in Japanese, Portugese, Russian and other languages. Hungry? They have packaged snacks for munching upon. More »

8090 KTV

8090 KTV

If you find yourself in Chinatown, at Dundas and Spadina with a hankering for karaoke, 8090 KTV might be your spot. Their glowing sign above the bank on the southeast corner is hard to miss at night. Careful venturing up the steep and narrow stairs (especially if you've done any pre-drinking that prompted you to arrive at karaoke as your evening activity of choice!). Their catalogue is predominantly Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), with some English, Japanese and Korean songs. Like many other karaoke bars, they have packaged snacks on hand if you need food to stay on key. More »

TEN23

TEN23

Ten23 is a swanky-looking lounge that serves Asian fusion cuisine located in Markham (Steeles and Woodbine), which also happens to be a karaoke bar. Rooms are rented by the evening and not by the hour, so gather up all your friends and plan for a full night of singing. Their song catalogue contains mostly Cantonese and Mandarin selections, as well as English. More »

Discussion

15 Comments

Ron / January 26, 2015 at 05:26 pm
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Karaoke must be destroyed. go see live music
Vinnie replying to a comment from Ron / January 26, 2015 at 07:43 pm
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screw you RON! You don't know from NOTHING
Clem / January 26, 2015 at 08:19 pm
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I like Sportsters on the Danforth. Tiger Lily Ho lets anything happen there.
Gary / January 26, 2015 at 09:45 pm
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Those who can sing, sing. Those who can't, like Ron, go to see live music.
a / January 26, 2015 at 11:38 pm
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most of these are not the best in Toronto....
This list is so wrong just like all the other best list on this site
Alan / January 26, 2015 at 11:50 pm
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Wow Ron really shit the bed on this one! Enough fooling around back to the main post/list
Arturo / January 27, 2015 at 01:52 am
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How come BlogTo doesn't include any references to price. A rough per-person charge would be nice so as to evaluate against the categorization of "best".
hair salon toronto / January 27, 2015 at 08:24 am
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Last time we sung at Karaoke was in South Beach 4 years ago!
Ron / January 27, 2015 at 09:54 am
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Yes, those who can sing actually sing! They don't fucking karaoke. No one is paying to see you
Barberia Soin replying to a comment from Vinnie / January 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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These kind of bars are places you go to ridicule the drunks that THINK they can sing after five jello shots. Fun to watch and heckle the hell out of, maybe throw somte sh1t at them, LOL
Curtis / January 28, 2015 at 10:56 am
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Hey all. There's a new Karaoke and Retro Gaming Bar that is about to open in Toronto.

They're looking for some questions answered by some potential customers. If you think you might be one of the people interested in a place like this, take their survey and help them out.

Follow this link:

https://www.surveyplanet.com/54c7a7d0532955ff45ad6089
Reg replying to a comment from Curtis / January 28, 2015 at 11:21 am
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No thanks. If they are about to open and can't give a name and location, who am I helping here? About to open and they're doing market research now? What do I get 1hr of free gaming?
Buster / February 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm
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Go to a real bar that has karaoke. There is no cost, unlikely these karaoke boxes. The song selection is better. The rotation at some bars, you could sing every song or every other song. For a list of over 200 bars with karaoke, see the Karaoke Toronto Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/28317670444/
Sasha / February 2, 2015 at 10:34 pm
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I go to The Real Jerk Restaurant on Gerrard - they have karaoke on Thursday's - It fun crowd - The host is really entertaining Mc Lytesout
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