Karaoke is always either really good or really bad. We’ve picked out the best.
Picture this. You’re out at the bar with some friends and you’ve all probably had a little more to drink than you should have. Your mischievous best friend has just suggested that you all show off your amazing vocals in karaoke. Now, you’re not opposed to the idea, but you don’t want to wind up at someplace that’s going to kill the buzz. No, you want a place that’s fun. Well, we’ve got you covered. Chicago is filled with dozens of karaoke bars where you can show off your singing skills. Check out our list of the top 10 karaoke bars in Chicago now!
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613 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654 | River North | blinddragonchicago.com
The best thing about Blind Dragon is that if you’re on the shier side or you’re worried about having to deal with the negativity of the grouches around you, they actually have private rooms for you to belt out your favorite tunes in.
Their karaoke rooms come in different sizes and you can order different packages with them, but they can usually host up to twenty people. Depending on which package you order, your room may come with one or two punch bowls, as well as a food platter to keep you all energetic for your entire stay in the room.
“Loved the ambiance. We went with a big group for karaoke, and I haven't had that much fun ever at a karaoke place...Definitely would recommend it.” - Yelp Review
643 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60604 | The Loop | brandoschicago.com
Brando’s keeps it simple. Karaoke open hours usually begin around 6 pm every night. All you have to do is walk in, add your name or your group’s name to the kiosk near the door, and wait to be called to go up and rock that stage.
Brando’s is also available for private parties, so you could book the whole place out for a wedding reception if you wanted to! If anyone in your group likes karaoke, but only in small doses, they have the Cocktail Lounge separated from the main room where you can go to get away from the noise.
“This place has a great relaxing vibe with a ton of great karaoke and friendly patrons who cheer you on. As a visitor and not a regular, I felt so at home here.” - Yelp Review
3134 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 | Lincoln Park | shoespubchicago.com
If you like regular karaoke that will tell you if it’ll be going on exactly when you get the urge to go out and showcase the strongest vocal cords that Chicago has ever seen, Shoe’s Pub is the place for you.
Every week, they host karaoke on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and it is one of the most fun and supportive experiences you’ll ever have. Grab yourself a brew while you wait for your turn. And if you see Marty walking around with his camera, give him a big old smile to be featured on Shoe’s website.
“My wife and I came to Shoe's on our wedding night for karaoke, brought half the reception with us. Need I say more? Their karaoke is the best.” - Yelp Review
2201 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 | Chinatown | no18karaoke.com
We can think of no better combination than Chinatown and karaoke. As a party hotspot in an unexpected place, you will have a blast at Chinatown’s first and only karaoke bar. Come join this rave in a 1929 setting.
If you’re looking for a place to let out all of that pent-up energy from being at work all week, but where you can also just walk next door to grab a bite to eat when your stomach starts eating itself, No. 18 Karaoke is the place. You can book a private room or join the masses for a huge party out in the main hall. They serve some great snacks, as well as some of the most delicious cocktails in Chinatown.
“Love this place!!! Hands down my favorite karaoke place in the city! We get the medium size room (fits 12 people) with the 3 hours package deal. It was so worth it!! There was plenty of drinks to go around.” - Yelp Review
1659 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 6062 | Wicker Park | louiespub.com
If you want to feel like a star, step on into Louie’s Pub for your karaoke pleasure. Louie’s is host to a digital karaoke system that lets you download whatever song you’d like to force the world to hear tonight. You can find classics, like Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” and more obscure music like Catfish and the Bottlemen’s “2all.” All of their microphones are wireless, so you can dance as well if you feel the boogie-woogie in your bones.
If anyone in your crew is nervous about having to sing in front of everyone all by themself, there’s no need to worry! Louie’s professional jockeys are happy to act as anyone’s backup singers to provide that moral support.
“Best karaoke bar in town! I've sung at every bar in Chicago and finally stumbled upon this gem of a bar 6 years ago. Louie's pub changed my life and has brought me so much fun and joy.” - Yelp Review
4659 N Clark Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 | Uptown | carolschicago.com
While Carol’s pub is most well-known for their live music from local artists trying to break out into the music industry, they also have a pretty rocking karaoke night every Wednesday starting at 9 pm.
With a western-themed decor, you’ll feel a bit like you’ve walked into an old country tavern when you walk through the front doors of this dive, but the music may surprise you - especially on popup karaoke night.
“So wowed by the new Carol's! Great and reasonably priced drinks, service and you really feel like a star when you sing karaoke on a real stage. It looks so nice inside!” - Yelp Review
234 W Cermak Rd | Chinatown | sakurakaraokebar.com
Looking for a top-notch karaoke spot that offers services at a reasonable price? Sakura Karaoke Bar might be the perfect spot for you. Located in Chinatown, Sakura Karaoke offers a recently expanded bar, karaoke stage, and a full dance floor with a state-of-the-art LED lighting system. Together, they create the ultimate karaoke destination.
Want a more private experience? Sakura offers eight private VIP suites for guests. If you get hungry, you can try one of the many Western and Asian dishes that Sakura offers. At Sakura, you are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime!
“Non-stop fun, and reasonably priced. The individual rooms are a great time for birthday parties and celebrations.” - Yelp Review
5336 N Lincoln Ave | Lincoln Square
Looking for something a little more low-key? You don’t have to go to a flashy club with a special stage in order to enjoy a fun night of karaoke. Take Hidden Cove, for instance. This rustic, no-frills bar is the perfect spot for those looking for a chill, low-key night. Inside, you’ll find a small karaoke set-up beside a dance floor, some darts games, and a couple of flat screen TVs.
If you’re a fan of beer, you’ll definitely love Hidden Cove. This dive bar offers a great selection of beer at low prices. That said, it does not offer food. So you might want to eat at another bar or restaurant before coming if you think you’ll get hungry later on in the evening.
“The best place that you can sing and dance and feel safe with no judgment. The cash bar and friendly staff make for a great place to pop in any day of the week with the community regulars. People that return to the neighborhood from out of town would never return home without a visit to the Cove.” - Yelp Review
5526 N Lincoln Ave | Lincoln Square | lincolnkaraokechicago.com
If you’re ready for a night filled with booze and singing, Lincoln Karaoke is the place to be. Located just minutes from Downtown Chicago, Lincoln Karaoke offers an extensive selection of cocktails and beer. VIP bottle service is also available if you’re in the mood to treat yourself.
As for the karaoke part, you’ll be able to sing to your heart’s content in one of their many private karaoke rooms. You’ll probably get hungry at some point during the night. That’s ok. Lincoln Karaoke has a menu filled with delicious foods including wings, cheese fries, popcorn chicken, and pizza!
“They have a large library of music that you can sing karaoke to. Our room at 6 microphones that you could sing into which we used gratuitously. Their library is pretty extensive and has all the typical favorites you'd expect for karaoke and then a bunch of randoms.” - Yelp Review
3216 N Sheffield Ave | Lakeview | tradertodd.com
Last, but certainly not least, on the list is Trader Todd’s. At Trader Todd’s, you can eat, drink, and sing to your heart’s content. Fully-vaccinated singers are welcome on stage to belt out their favorite tunes. To keep everyone safe, Trader Todd’s is providing hand sanitizers to singers and cleaning the microphones and equipment with Microban regularly.
While you’re there, make sure you grab a slice of their famous pizza. About a dozen specialty pizzas are offered. You also have the option to create your own pizza. If pizza isn’t your thing, you can also order wings or sliders. Yum!
“Oh Trader Todd's! How you never disappoint. We have seriously missed coming here for a lovely getaway from the city life. There are beers, tropical cocktails, shots, karaoke, and more shots!” - Yelp Review
There you have it, the 10 best karaoke joints in Chicago! The next time you feel the urge to jump onto an elevated surface and belt out your favorite songs, you’ll know where to go. So grab some friends and get ready to hop on stage. When the night is over, you can let us know how your musical debut went.