Sometimes we just can’t resist the urge for a good old sing-along, and often that feeling is amplified on a night out. Luckily in Rio de Janeiro, there are quite a few bars and clubs that offer some great karaoke nights out for all preferences of music – nearly everyone’s favorite karaoke song can be found in at least one of the bars we’ve listed below!
Lapa Irish Pub
The Lapa Irish Pub, with its dark green front, salmon pink interior and exposed brick-work successfully brings a traditional Irish-pub feel to Lapa. It distinguishes itself from the other samba-playing bars with its distinct rock soundtrack. Every Wednesday, the Lapa Irish Pub hosts a Rockokê night, a mix of Karaoke and rock music, so visitors can belt out all the classic and recent rock tracks over the past few decades. It does a great selection of imported beers here, including a variety of Belgium brands to give a bit of dutch courage before singing.
R. Evaristo da Veiga, 147, Centro, RJ, +55 21 97020 0728
Karaoke Carmem Miranda
This karaoke bar is in the heart of the city center in a hot spot street with a collection of bars, restaurants and street parties known as Arco de Teles. The cobbled street gives a colonial feel and the buildings on the outside seem charmingly worn-down and a bit ragged around the edges. Step inside Carmem Miranda and you’ll see that the inside is just the same as it is on the outside. This shapes the environment into a cozy and relaxed sanctuary, as if you just walked into someone’s living room. It’s the perfect feel to sing karaoke for those a bit on the timid side. It’s a cheap and cheerful kind of place with plenty of songs from all genres and eras to choose from.
Breaking the mold, Barzin hosts its karaoke nights on Fridays with a choice of all sorts of genres including national and international classics. Barzin is one of the most traditional and popular bars in Ipanema, and gets crowded on the weekends from bar-goers looking for a place with a club atmosphere that’s still distinctly a bar. The karaoke is accompanied with a live band who seem to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to switching between genres and musics.
R. Vinícius de Moraes, 75, Ipanema, RJ, +55 21 2522 1809
By Sarah Brown