The first karaoke machine was developed in 1971 in Kobe, Japan. Since its inception, the art of karaoke (“ghost orchestra”) has spread like wildfire around the globe. With devoted fans both young and old, in virtually every country on earth, karaoke is a beloved part of a night out. Whether you’re a lifelong singer, or just looking to let off some steam, a visit to one of Pennsylvania’s karaoke bars or nights is the perfect way to channel your inner rock star.
Anthony “Ray” Capozzoli started greeting customers with a boisterous “Happy Birthday” in 1938, and Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar has maintained the same familiar energy ever since. Join the celebration with Friday night karaoke, hosted by DJ Lars. With no cover charge, Ray’s is the ideal karaoke night, whether you’re a lifelong devotee, or just looking to try something new!
Jekyl and Hyde is an example of picking something and sticking with it. In this case, a Halloween theme that elevates this dive to epic status. Channel October 31every Thursday night with festive, high energy karaoke in a spooky setting.
With over 100 bottled micro brews, and enough attitude for three or four locations packed into one, the V-Spot sets a new standard with Sunday night karaoke.
Home to the Philadelphia-famous Citywide Special deal (a can of PBR and a shot of Jim Beam), you may know about Bob and Barbara’s without ever having set foot inside. Although an exceptional time any day of the week, Sunday’s no-cover karaoke is a particularly great time to check out this Philly classic.
With JB Lovedraft’s karaoke night, Tuesdays have never been quite so exciting. Visit for affordable drinks, world famous burgers, and a fun crowd.
Korean-style karaoke in the heart of Squirrel Hill. Perfect for newcomers or shy singers, Hi Sound KTV allows for private karaoke room rental, all within a high-energy bar. Sing your heart out without the jitters at this Pittsburgh location.
Monday nights mean karaoke at 551 West, a sleek location in Lancaster. Grab a bite, order a great cocktail, and settle in for one of the best karaoke nights in state.
Finish out your weekends on a high note with Locust Bar’s Sunday night karaoke. A dive without judgement, this Philadelphia institution is not to be missed. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for theme nights!
With a kitchen open late, and Friday night saved for karaoke, Beanie’s is one of the best ways in Pennsylvania to start your weekend on just the right note. A classic dive with charm for days, this Mount Joy location is a must-sing in the Keystone State.
Karaoke is one thing, but karaoke in a private room from your very own 50-inch flat screen is a whole different level of cool. Enter KBox Karaoke, one of the most exciting spots in Pittsburgh, and modeled after traditional Asian karaoke. Great for a birthday, or any ordinary night.