Best karaoke bars in Boston
Winter Hill’s convivial southern-style eatery and bar features a weekly karaoke session MC’d by The People’s Karaoke. It includes a large assortment of songs: from pop and rock classics, to Broadway and Disney smash hits. Also, the lyrics are available in French, Swedish, Spanish, and other translations. All that, a good bourbon or two to oil the pipes, and off you go!
Wednesdays from 10pm
This unassuming neighborhood sports bar—which has been running its raucous karaoke nights since 1992—claims to be the first venue to have featured karaoke in the Boston area. Its catalog boasts more than 100,000 songs, but the most popular tunes are Top 50 hits. There are different, seasonal themes, too; say, Halloween karaoke, Holidays karaoke, et al. Usually, karaoke takes place three night a week, but call ahead in case of private events.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9pm
The Midway Cafe’s Queeraoke is one of Boston’s most interactive, immersive and sweat-soaked karaoke sessions, and it is also emphatically all-inclusive. Tucked away in Jamaica Plan, this dive-y bar and club’s Queeraoke is also one of Boston’s longest running queer nights. But for one and all, this weekly high-energy fixture mixes karaoke with dance sets, all overseen by the club’s DJ Moxie and DJ Summer.
Thursdays from 10pm
Enjoy craft cocktails named for United States presidents, such as a John Adams (Ketel One Citrus, Triple Sec, lemon juice, honey, and pink peppercorns), or a James Madison (Pama Pomegranate, Triple Eight Blueberry Vodka, Champagne); local beers and domestic wines; and nouveau American cooking at this Coolidge Corner casual restaurant, whose name honors Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Weekly karaoke sessions feature all the hits and in addition there are added occasional, seasonally inspired sessions at weekends.
Wednesdays from 9pm
Really, how much fun can there be under one roof? Not only does Kings offer stellar bowling and other games, as well as drinks and American food, but there is weekly karaoke in the lounge. Not only is Kings karaoke free to all comers, not just bowlers, but to make the evening even better, late-night half-price appetizers and pizzas are on offer.
Thursdays from 9pm
If there’s one thing better than showing off at a karaoke session, it’s showing off at a live band karaoke session. The usual pub fare and drinks are on offer at this Fenway favorite, feet away from the Red Sox’s hallowed field. But there’s added allure when, each week, cover band Jukebox Heroes backs, or leads, armchair singers through classic hits, and more. You name it, they’ll play it. But you have to sing it.
Thursdays from 10pm
The younger, sister venue to Harvard Square’s Hong Kong restaurant, which opened in 1954, is less of a restaurant and more of a bar and club, boasting brightly colored, immensely drinkable Scorpion Bowls to get you in the mood for its lively, nightly karaoke sessions. Scorpion Bowls and karaoke: just add a few friends and off you go.
Sundays and Fridays from 5pm; Mondays from 5:30pm; Tuesdays through Thursdays from 6pm; Saturdays from 2pm
This dedicated karaoke venue in the Theater District has a main stage with larger public sessions, three nights a week, and private rooms that can fit up to 40 people available every night by prior reservation. As Limelight is available for private events, call ahead to make sure the Mainstage is open. Limelight serves beer, sake, and wine, and has a bar menu.
Mainstage: Thursdays through Saturdays 8:30pm-1:30am; Private rooms: Mondays through Thursdays 5pm-2am, Fridays through Sundays 2pm-2am
Finish off your weekend in fine style with Orleans’ Sunday night karaoke. This casual bar and restaurant, just off Davis Square on Holland Street, has parking in the lot across the street, and offers burger of the week specials, along with sports viewing on the TVs. So, arrive early for dinner, catch up on the game, and then air your lungs out during the weekly Sunday night karaoke sing-along.
Sundays from 10pm
On the other hand, kick your weekend off with a gorgeous dinner at this Kendall Square haunt and stick around for its Friday night karaoke set. Or, head in just for karaoke, order up some lovingly created cocktails and a pizza, and settle in for some sing-along fun.
Fridays from 10pm
Here is another option for launching the weekend, or plain blowing off steam after the workweek. This Dot Ave spot serves fine food and drinks, and adds karaoke to its nightlife roster every Friday night, all in a gay-friendly atmosphere. The sometimes-themed sing-along adds seasonal events like the humorously titled Karaoke Scream Queens. Dbar’s resident VJ, Ryan Grow, hosts each singing session.
Fridays from 10pm