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Top 12 Must-Visit Karaoke Spots in Ottawa

Top 12 Must-Visit Karaoke Spots in Ottawa

No one might tell you this, but Ottawa is also the perfect spot for songbirds and shower-time superstars! And guess what? We made the list of the best karaoke spots in Ottawa where you can hit some tunes or even bust out that rap you’ve been perfecting. 

Forget about stage fright, because whether you’re searching for a spot with the wildest audience or the most ego-boosting sound system, I’ve got the inside scoop. So, read on—your microphone awaits!

VIP Karaoke Bar INC

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Address: 610 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K4, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-680-8847

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 5 PM to 2 AM

Cost: $-$$

VIP Karaoke Bar Inc. knows how to make you feel like a star, without any of the paparazzi hassle, of course. From 80s power ballads to the poppiest of bubblegum pop, it’s your vocal cords’ oyster.

And the best part here is that the sound system is so good it would make a tone-deaf moose sound like Shawn Mendes. Plus, they stock their bar well—a bevy of beers, delightful cocktails, and a range of non-alcoholic options.

Pro tip: Make sure to snag an early reservation, especially on weekends, since this place can fill up fast. And here’s a little tidbit: their room rentals are priced per hour, letting you take your time hitting those high notes.

The Third


Address: 1017 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y1, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-728-2965

Operating hours: 

  • Tuesday to Friday – 11:30 AM to 12 AM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 12 AM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 10 PM

Cost: $$

The Third is like stumbling into that best-kept secret spot you wish you’d known about ages ago. And it’s not just about singing your heart out; it’s about feeling like you’re at a family gathering.

This joint boasts a casual, welcoming atmosphere where anyone—from shower singers to those who’ve got actual pipes—can feel at home. And while you’re waiting for your turn to dazzle, the kitchen’s cranking out some seriously tasty grub.

Pro tip: Don’t skip exploring their drink specials; they’re as delightful and diverse as the song choices on offer.

HAHA Karaoke


Address: 1280A Baseline Rd, Ottawa, ON K2C 0A9, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-601-8698

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 7 PM to 12 AM
  • Friday and Saturday – 7 PM to 2 AM

Cost: $-$$

HAHA Karaoke on Rideau Street is where the vibe is as exuberant as a hockey celebration, and the choice of tunes is just as vast and varied here – stretching from classic rock to country, pop to R&B, and everything in between.

Plus, they’re so up-to-date that you could be crooning the latest Top 40 hit. The equipment here supports your performance like that of a reliable wingman, letting you unleash your inner diva or belt it all out in Bon Jovi style.

Pro tip: HAHA’s respect for rich voices over rich wallets means you’ll find pocket-friendly nightly rates here. Get in early during weekends, as this hilarious hotspot tends to fill up fast!



Address: 246 B Queen St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5E4, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-232-4200

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Wednesday – 4 PM to 2 AM
  • Thursday and Friday – 3 PM to 2 AM
  • Saturday – 7 PM to 2 AM
  • Sunday – 5 PM to 2 AM

Cost: $-$$

Swizzles is a no-frills bar and grill that rolls out one of the most epic karaoke nights in town. From Bowie to Bieber and P!nk to Prince, Swizzles offers a smorgasbord of songs.

The crowd here is a mix of locals and tourists, and there’s even an occasional appearance by that guy who totally could’ve made it to Canadian Idol. Plus, their grub hits the spot when you’ve worked up an appetite, not to mention their drink specials.

Pro tip: Although Swizzles doesn’t take reservations, it’s worth getting in a bit early on weekends if you want to avoid waiting around for your song. That’s valuable time you could spend flexing your vocal cords, after all.

1383 Club Karaoke Bar


Address: 1383 Clyde Ave. Unit 4, Nepean, ON K2G 3H7, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-890-7898

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 1 PM to 1 AM
  • Friday and Saturday – 1 PM to 2 AM

Cost: $-$$

1383 Club Karaoke Bar is a karaoke club that’s making some serious noise on the fun scale all week long. Let’s put it this way: you don’t need to be Céline Dion’s protégé to take the stage here.

Hosting a wide range of tunes, from golden oldies to the most current hits,1383 keeps its karaoke catalogue refreshed. Amidst all the melody madness, Club 1383 weaves into a nightlife space that’s just right for you.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to peek at their drink specials before you head in—nothing like a well-priced pint to warm up those vocal cords! Also, do take note of their timing; daytime is prep time for them, and nighttime is showtime for you.

Atomic Rooster


Address: 303 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X7, Canada 

Contact details: +1 613-569-1000

Operating hours: 

  • Monday and Tuesday – 4 PM to 2 AM
  • Wednesday to Friday – 12 PM to 2 AM
  • Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM to 2 AM

Cost: $-$$

Atomic Rooster has an art-adorned wall that could give local galleries a run for their money, and a vibe that screams (or sings) “come as you are.” It shines when it comes to variety—not just in the songbook but also on the menu.

From succulent wings to pints that are as smooth as your favourite melody, they’ve got you covered. And when the spotlight hits you, you’ll feel like the star you always knew you were.

Pro tip: They often host themed karaoke nights, so if you’re all about that 80s glam or 90s grunge, keep an eye on their schedule. Early birds catch the best performance slots and the happiest of happy hour deals; plus, finding parking is easier pre-crowd.

Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop

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Address: 135 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6A7, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-321-8908

Operating hours: 

  • Tuesday to Saturday – 5:30 PM to 2 AM

Cost: $$

For something a tad different, let’s wander over to the Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop. This place is like a bar, art gallery, museum, and music venue with a beautifully eccentric baby.

Between performances, you’re surrounded by memorabilia and artefacts that could spark conversations or inspire your next song choice. And let’s not overlook their drink selection—vodka, anyone?

Pro tip: Their karaoke nights can vary, so it’s a stellar idea to check their calendar. Given its novelty, it attracts quite an eclectic crowd—arrive early to immerse yourself fully.

The Lookout Bar


Address: 41 York St 2nd floor, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S7, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-789-1624

Operating hours: 

  • Tuesday – 7 PM to 1 AM
  • Wednesday – 7 PM to 2 AM
  • Thursday – 8 PM to 12:30 AM
  • Friday and Saturday – 4 PM to 2 AM
  • Sunday – 3 PM to 12 AM

Cost: $-$$

Perched in the heart of the market, The Lookout Bar is a staple for those in the know. It’s the go-to for a night where you not only want to sing karaoke but also possibly dance to some bangers in between sessions.

This bar is a beacon for the LGBT+ community and their allies, renowned for its inclusivity and bombastic karaoke nights. You can expect a song selection that’s as diverse as the crowd, spanning decades and genres.

Pro tip: Remember to check out their theme nights and take advantage of the specials. The space is cosy, and the crowd is lively, so if you’re aiming for a prime-time performance, getting there early is your best bet.

Local Tavern


Address: 1432 Walkley Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 6P5, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-523-5944

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 2 AM
  • Friday to Sunday – 7 AM to 2 AM

Cost: $$

Local Tavern is the place where everyone might not know your name when you walk in, but they sure will by the time you leave. Karaoke nights here are a hodgepodge of impromptu duets, surprise sing-alongs, and pure, unadulterated joy.

Food and drink-wise, expect all your pub favourites—all done right. It’s the perfect fuel to keep your singing engine running all night.

Pro tip: Try to warm up those vocal cords during their happy hour for some sweet deals, and if you’re driving, street parking is usually a safe bet.

Aulde Dubliner & Pour House


Address: 62 William St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7A3, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-241-0066

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 11 AM to 2 AM

Cost: $-$$

Nestled like a treasure in the ByWard Market, the Aulde Dubliner & Pour House splits its personality like the best of us after a couple of cold ones. Downstairs, it’s the Aulde Dubliner, an Irish pub often filled with the lively tunes of live bands.

Upstairs, however, is where the Pour House holds the fort, as it has a more laid-back atmosphere where the karaoke scene happens. It even offers a view overlooking the bustling market.

Pro tip: If you’ve got friends visiting from out of town, bringing them here is pretty much a prerequisite. As for parking, well, let’s say it’s like finding gold, so public transit or your trusty two legs are your best bets.

Southside Tap and Grill


Address: 4 Lorry Greenberg Dr, Ottawa, ON K1G 5H6, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-739-4907

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 12 AM
  • Friday – 11 AM to 2 AM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 2 AM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 11 PM

Cost: $-$$

Inside Southside Tap and Grill, you’ll find a tribe of regulars and an inviting buzz that says, “Yeah, we’re cool without even trying too hard.” Karaoke nights here strike that perfect chord between wild fun and comfy chill.

You’re as likely to hear a group of pals cheering on a power ballad as you are to see a lone warbler taking their first timid steps toward karaoke glory. And if you’re not crowding around the mic, you can huddle around with some top-notch pub games.

Pro tip: Folks around here love some happy hour specials, and Southside’s got you covered. And hey, the earlier you arrive, the sooner you can start scoping out your competition.

The Newfoundland Pub

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Address: 940 Montréal Rd, Ottawa, ON K1K 4E5, Canada

Contact details: +1 613-745-0962

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday – 11 AM to 12 AM
  • Friday and Saturday – 11 AM to 2 AM

Cost: $-$$

The Newfoundland Pub is your ticket to East Coast hospitality, right in the heart of Ottawa. This isn’t just where you come to sing, think of it as a kitchen party, but with a killer PA system.

The karaoke scene here is lively and heartwarming; patrons cheer on every performance as if you were the hometown hero, whether you nail every note or not.

Pro tip: The Newfoundland Pub isn’t just about showing off your pipes; the eats are top-notch, too, with some downhome East Coast dishes that you shouldn’t miss.