Rave: Karaoke

We’re not going to lie, initially the idea of karaoke made
us cringe (and let’s be honest, a little terrified). Singing in front of an
audience not knowing what notes we can or cannot hit and without an
abundance of shots? No, thank you, not for us. All this changed when we
discovered the world of private karaoke rooms at a friend’s birthday, then
later while visiting Korea and Japan, where karaoke
bars are their answer to an after-party. So whether you’re braver than us and
it’s public karaoke you’re after, or you prefer less audience and
more mic time, we’ve rounded up the best places in the city to sing your heart

Public karaoke bars
Cadillac Lounge 1296 Queen St. W.
Complete with a full-size stage and smoke machines, we only
recently discovered that this bar (with one of the best patios in the city) offers
karaoke on Saturday nights.

The Gladstone 1214 Queen St. W.
Head on over to the Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel Friday and Saturday nights and hang out at what Now Magazine has
voted “Best Karaoke Bar” for eight years straight.  

Sneaky Dees 431 College St.
Sing away your case of the Mondays at Sneaky Dee’s Monday
night karaoke. With more than 15,000 songs to choose from, no cover and $3
drinks before 11 p.m., now the nachos
aren’t the only reason to head to this College Street favourite. 

TKO’sSports Pub 1600 Danforth Ave.

be fooled by the crowds of men watching hockey or UFC – the upstairs of this
Danforth sports bar doubles as a karaoke bar on Saturday nights. Bonus: great
wings, great burgers. We’re sold.

The smoke machine adds a little something extra at Cadillac Lounge.

Private karaoke rooms

XO Karaoke 693 Bloor St. W.
Thank you to one of our best friends who decided to host her
birthday at XO Karaoke a few years back and introduce us to this gem. Conveniently located beside Clinton’s in the heart of Korea Town, we say why not make a night of it, or hit it
up late night like they do in Korea and Japan. And if XO is too crowded, BMB Karaoke is just down the street!

Bar+ Karaoke & Lounge 360 Yonge St. 2nd floor (above Swiss Chalet) 
Another private karaoke bar intro’d to us via a birthday celebration, Bar+ has a huge selection of English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Thai music open to all who love to sing and dance. One of our favourite parts? We got to bring our own snacks in, as long as we bought drinks from their bar. Stuff your face, sing at the top of your lungs and get your drink on. Good times.

Izakaya  294 College
After enjoying our regular sushi dinner at this delicious
new Japanese restaurant at College and Spadina, we got to talking to the owner
who let us in on a secret: the back room of the restaurant turns into a private
karaoke room if booked for 20 people or more. Sushi and karaoke? You know where
to find us at our next birthday.

S Lounge 4901 Yonge St. 2nd floor
If you are willing to make the trek (we prefer adventure) to
Yonge and Sheppard then we strongly suggest you check out this snazzy karaoke
bar. With themed rooms and a menu clad with pub
favourites and Japanese food alike, this karaoke bar is in a league of its own. 

Just two of the rooms at S Lounge
So next time you’re looking for birthday, bachelorette, or just regular Saturday night plans, why not check out the karaoke scene in Toronto. After all, there’s never a dull moment when a little Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys or Journey singalong is involved. 

City Living: Bachelorette Party Ideas

If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, then you know that planning a bachelorette party is no small task. Not only is it one of the bride-to-be’s last nights out as a “single lady”, but by the time their bachelorette rolls around, they are most likely stressed out and exhausted by all the wedding planning they’ve been doing. This is the perfect chance to be pampered, eat, drink, dance and let loose. Maybe you’re not the spa type, and maybe you haven’t been to a nightclub since you had your fake ID stolen back in university, but for this night only, let yourself enjoy the ultimate girls’ day and night out.
Spas/Mani/Pedi Bars
Whether it’s a full day at the spa, or just a manicure and pedicure, getting pampered is definitely a key component of a bachelorette. For a full spa day we can’t think of anywhere better than Body Blitz. Located in a huge warehouse right in downtown Toronto, this women’s-only therapeutic spa features a variety of pools, saunas, steam rooms and 20 treatment rooms. Plus, all treatments allow access to therapeutic pools. Other great spas around the city include Elmwood Spa, Stillwater at the Park Hyatt and Shizen Spa at the Pantages.  
A spa oasis in the middle of the city.
Booking group mani/pedis is not the easiest thing to do, but we’ve found a couple places that welcome bachelorette parties. The Ten Spot beauty bar is a beautiful and large space, perfect for accommodating big groups. With excellent service, reasonable prices, flexible hours and a spa-like atmosphere, we guarantee it’ll make any bachelorette celebration memorable. Other great options for group mani/pedis include Fabulous Manicure Bar, a beautifully decorated uptown nail bar that specializes in bridal and private parties, as well as Urban Nails on the Danforth.
When it comes to special occasions, we think it’s fun to try something new, different and maybe a little quirky; this is a bachelorette party, not a date after all. It may not be the newest or trendiest place, but we think The Sultan’s Tent is a pretty perfect place to start off the night. With personal (large) tents, delicious food and a unique ambience, this is the perfect place for a big group of rowdy girls. Plus, there are belly dancing shows every few hours where guests are encouraged to participate. If it’s less kitch and more standard you’re after, Ciao Wine Bar in Yorkville and Mercatto downtown (they tend to throw in complimentary Prosecco when you are a big group celebrating) have plenty of space and are happy to accommodate large groups.
 The personal tents at Sultan’s Tent make any occasion special.
We think we need only mention one spot when it comes to bachelorette entertainment in Toronto, and that is El Covento Rico. Located on College, this night club features a drag show every Friday and Saturday night, which we think is the perfect way to get all the girls pumped for the night of dancing ahead. Reservations are suggested as it is a popular spot for bachelorettes and birthdays. Show up ready to dance, leave your reservations at home and just go with it – good times are guaranteed.
We’ll leave it up to you to find out what goes in inside.

Now on to the final, yet potentially most important part of the night. While any bar can be fun when you’re out dancing with your girlfriends, a big nightclub is sure to inspire a wild night. Because a big dance floor and great patio are key to any great club, places like Cube, Cheval, Cobra and Maison are the perfect bachelorette destinations. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, Muzik, the ultimate Toronto nightclub (complete with a beauty bar), will make you feel like you’re at a circus, Vegas nightclub and in a tropical patio oasis all at the same time.
 Just one of the many huge rooms at Muzik.
Obviously your bride-to be’s personality will dictate how extravagant and wild their bachelorette will be. Whether it’s just the spa day, or a big night out that ends at 5 a.m., she will appreciate all the effort you put in to planning and will love being out with all her friends.