Montréal’s best karaoke bars
Any reason is a good reason to sing karaoke. Whether you’ve got pipes like Céline or Johnny’s gravelly timbre, love the classics or live for the top 40, there’s a place in Montréal to unleash your inner singer. Go for an evening to celebrate with your crew or to meet new people. Here are the best bars – from traditional to dive to surprise - to rock your voice out.
If you prefer a comfy and private spot to get your vocal cords vibrating, then Pang Pang is your go-to. Located in heart of downtown, this karaoke bar rents cozy private rooms. Reserve directly on its web site and sing like there’s no tomorrow.
Is your voice so good that you’re considering a career change? Then head to Le Date in the Village to test that theory out: with your consent, performances are filmed and uploaded online the next day. It is, however, a happening spot, so you might not always have as much mic time as you wish.
One of the top francophone karaoke bars where crazy-talented singers, groups of friends and the after-work crowd all congregate in a relaxed and easygoing ambiance. Go there for the cheap beer and to sing all the old classics.
For the extrovert who can’t get enough of the stage, spotlights and smoke machines, 3 Minots is a karaoke must. Located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard – nicknamed the Main for its many bars and boutiques and because it separates the city east-west – it’s a great follow-up to chic cocktails at the Darling, Bar Suzanne or other watering holes nearby.
For the scoop on where Montrealers go to have a good time, head to Karaoke La P'tite Place. There’s always a crowd clamouring for the mic and the quality of the performances is gauged by the smiles they elicit rather than being on point. The ambiance is easygoing, and evenings there are always fun. Remember to bring cash!
You’ve got to admit, Zoé is organized. Browse its web site to select songs beforehand, reserve online or watch the evening’s performances streamed live. People flock there for its famous cocktails, fondue dinners and impressive song catalogue.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, join the regulars at this neighbourhood bar on a small side street just off Saint-Denis Street. They’ll welcome you with open arms and share the mic freely. Don’t hold back—“lâchez-vous lousse”—as they say here. It’s the perfect place to belt it out and leave it all on the stage!
A few feet from the Charlevoix metro station, in a Pointe Saint-Charles working-class district that’s starting to boom, the Taverne La Chic Régal offers the cheapest karaoke evenings in the city. You can dine there or at the popular Paul Patates on Charlevoix Street if you’re craving fast food or kick off the evening at Fugazzi or Taverne Knox a little further east.
Consult the karaoke night calendar of this new-style Little Italy tavern. The mics are not fired up each week, but the original themes are worth the detour. Having said that, a note of caution: the ambiance of the place is loud, to the point of being raucous. Check out social media networks first to see if it’s your kind of scene.
Every Saturday night, the Plateau’s favourite rum bar puts on an amazing karaoke evening. The clients who come for its cocktails and tapas are always taken by surprise, but they’re eventually seduced by the festive ambiance and saunter up to the mic. A truly transformative experience.
Martine Rhéaume, blogger
Martine Rhéaume is a strategic writer. The texts she writes or edits are elegant yet precise, direct yet pleasant. Martine first got a degree in musicology before getting an advanced graduate diploma in Marketing Communications (HEC Montréal, 2016). She worked as an editor, then an advertising copywriter for TC Médias Livres from 2011 to 2016. Since 2017, Martine is editor in chief at C2 Montréal.