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The best karaoke bars in Boston

Show off your showmanship and rock the mic at these fun karaoke nights

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By Linda Laban and Time Out Boston Staff |
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So you think you can rap like Cardi B or rock out like Jon Bon Jovi? Boston boasts lots of bars and restaurants that have weekly or even nightly sing-along sessions where patrons show-off their vocal and performance skills, or make complete fools of themselves. It’s all good fun either way. There is also a dedicated karaoke club and a sing-along centric bar offering sessions, every night. If you prefer to forego the karaoke for a more low-key evening, try one of Boston’s best dive bars. Looking for something more romantic? Try one of the best date ideas in Boston. Or, if you want to watch a pro hit the mic, head to one of Boston’s best music venues.
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Best karaoke bars in Boston

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Highland Kitchen
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Restaurants, American

Highland Kitchen

icon-location-pin Somerville

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

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Courtside Karaoke
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Bars, Dive bars

Courtside Sports Pub

icon-location-pin East Cambridge

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

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Midway Café
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Bars, Dive bars

Midway Café

icon-location-pin Jamaica Plain

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

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Hamilton
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Restaurants, American

Hamilton Restaurant & Bar

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

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Kings Seaport
Photograph: Courtesy Kings
Bars, Sports Bars

Kings Dining and Entertainment

icon-location-pin Back Bay

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

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The Lansdowne Pub
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Bars, Pubs

The Lansdowne Pub

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

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

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Hong Kong
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Bars, Dive bars

Hong Kong - Boston

icon-location-pin Quincy Market

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

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Limelight
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Things to do

Limelight Stage and Studios

icon-location-pin Chinatown

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

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9
Orleans
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Restaurants, American

Orleans Restaurant

icon-location-pin Somerville

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

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Abigail's
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Restaurants, American

Abigail’s Restaurant

icon-location-pin Kendall Sq

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

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Dbar
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Bars, Gastropubs

Dbar

icon-location-pin Dorchester

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

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