Of all the regrets you can wake up with, knowing that you gave ’er a little too hard in last night’s performance of “Kiss from a Rose” is far from the worst. No doubt, karaoke is all about creating these types of semi-humiliating memories. Here, the best karaoke nights in town.
If you’re too self-conscious to hit the high notes in front of strangers, rent a private booth, Little Korea-style. BMB is open late and features private rooms with tacky décor and wonderfully cheesy on-screen background imagery. 593 Bloor St. W., 416-533-8786.
For an authentic dive-bar experience, The Grasshopper can’t be beat. Gina, the bartender, serves $10 pitchers, while regulars belt out Bon Jovi and GNR. Leave your hipster pretense at the door and come ready to rock. 460 Parliament St., 416-323-1210.
Every Friday and Saturday night, the Gladstone’s Melody Bar turns into a crowded, rambunctious karaoke hot spot, where a diverse crowd patiently waits for local icon Peter Styles to call their name. 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635.
For a group of true karaoke die-hards, there’s no better way to travel. Allowing you to belt the tunes while traveling between your group’s destinations, this ride is even more fun than the same company’s stripper pole bus. Almost. 416-209-6029.
Hip Hop Karaoke
What happens when the streets meet karaoke? Head to Revival to find out. Toronto hip hop heads, and some local artists, meet for a wildly popular night of hip hop karaoke. Dates vary, Revival, 738 College St.
Image courtesy of Aubrey Arenas.