An evolving form of entertainment that got its start in the 1960s and 1970s in both the United States and Japan, karaoke (a Japanese word that literally means, “empty orchestra”) is that rare form of entertainment that is wholly interactive, as audience members take turns being singing and stage performers.
At a karaoke bar, regular people sign up and take the stage to sing along to a backing track of a favorite song that has had the vocals removed. Lyrics are displayed on a video screen off to the side, so the singer can stay on target throughout the song. Something more holistic than a singing contest, the best karaoke performers are those who give their whole selves over to the performance. It makes for a remarkably exhilarating and fun way to spend an evening.
Whether you’re an old hat or a fresh newcomer, karaoke is almost always a blast, and Niagara has a handful of places where you can step onto the stage, grab the mic, and sing your heart out in front of a roomful of strangers. Have a Niagara vacation experience you’ll never forget at one of these Niagara karaoke bars.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
Located in Niagara Falls, the main draw of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville’s karaoke stage is that Jimmy Buffett himself has performed on it. Every Friday and Saturday night, all year long, you can join tourists and locals for a fun night of whatever music it is you want to sing. In addition to performing and listening to karaoke, you can also enjoy excellent Caribbean-inspired bar food and burgers, as well as some of the best margaritas in the whole region. For a sun-inspired good time that includes a lot of questionable singing, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is a great spot.
From May through October, the Pizza-Pizza Patio at the Beer Garden in Clifton Hill has karaoke each and every night. Skilled and entertaining karaoke hosts keep the audiences and performers engaged, and the full bar and fast service keep everyone in the mood to keep trying to outdo their last performances, and with over 2,800 songs to choose from, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you want to croon over. One thing to keep in mind: Anyone under 19 will have to leave the patio at 9 p.m. nightly.
The Blue Lagoon
This Lundy’s Lane bar and restaurant is a great place to perform karaoke if you want mostly local flavor, as the tourists tend to stick to the places closer to Niagara Falls’ downtown. A full bar and great chicken wings will keep you in the mood for singing and listening whether you hit the bar early or late. Be sure to call ahead to ensure karaoke is on the menu as the bar also plays host to local and touring live bands from time to time. For a karaoke experience that can truly only be had in Niagara Falls, The Blue Lagoon is the spot for you.
Whether you love Hall and Oates or Diana Ross, make some time for karaoke in your Niagara Falls vacation. Not only will the night be memorable, but you just might make some local singing friends to meet up with the next time you’re in town.
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