Throw back some liquid courage: Tonight, you’re taking the stage. How better to bond with friends than by belting your heart out and humiliating yourself, just a little bit? Here, Calgary’s best karaoke bars.
Ducky’s Pub & Restaurant
You haven’t done karaoke in Calgary until you’ve done Ducky’s, where amateurs take the stage seven days a week. The popular dive is laidback and welcoming; arrive early to flip through telephone books of classic rock, pop, oldies and more. 2100 4 St. SW, 403-245-6585.
Nanta Karaoke and Bar
Private rooms mean less public shame! Press your table buzzer for service, and be sure to order soju, the deceptively light rice-based Korean spirit that’ll get you singing in languages you never knew you knew. 512 6 Street SW, 403-262-9783.
Do your best Kanye, Biggie or Sir Mix-a-Lot at hip-hop karaoke on Wednesdays here. A list of 100-plus martinis means keeping the beat is not only harder than it seems, it’s more hilarious, too. Failing rap stardom, find consolation by playing pool. 1011 1st St. SW, 403-269-3951.
End your weekend by going punk on the stage here. With changing monthly themes, Sunday nights – featuring everyone from Gaga to Motorhead – never rocked this hard. 613 11 Ave. SW, 403-262-9976.
A song list of over 13,000 means you’ll find your favourite, and theatrical lighting and smoke will only enhance your talents. You can record your performance on a DVD for future enjoyment/ humiliation. 3444 32 Avenue NE, 403-291-0507.
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