19 September, 2019, 22:23

10 local karaoke spots that’ll have you singing their praises

For the love of karaoke and a list to keep you up-to-date with karaoke bars & restaurants in Tucson

Local cuisine might be our forte, but we love to support local bars and restaurants by bringing groups of friends to sing karaoke.

With an abundance of menus and food reviews to choose from online, finding a quality restaurant is simple. Choosing a karaoke bar, however, is not.

Finding a local karaoke song list online or searching for opening hours is a challenge — especially if you’ve decided to go on a whim.

We have come to the rescue and listed karaoke spots below, in order of the day of the week — and frequency — in which they host karaoke.

Margarita Bay (Nightly)

7415 E. 22nd St.
Margarita Bay interior (Credit: Margarita Bay on Facebook)

Margarita Bay interior (Credit: Margarita Bay on Facebook)

If you’re a karaoke-holic, you’ll be a regular here. They’re open every day of the year, even Thanksgiving and Christmas. Karaoke starts at 8 p.m. and they close late.

Not only do they have a song book with over 10,000 songs available, they’ll even take requests for songs they don’t have. Their bar food is standard fried fare, but their drinks are cheap.

The occasional geriatric but flawless performance of Bad Romance by Lady Gaga is not to be missed.

Keep up with Margarita Bay on Facebook. For more information, visit margarita-bay.com.

The Libertine (Sundays)

402 E. Ninth St.

Photo courtesy of the Libertine

The Libertine hosts karaoke on their lovely patio every Sunday from 7 – 11 p.m.

Craft cocktails are your best bet here, but the bar also offers wine, beer, and house-made non-alcoholic beverages.

Furthermore, the menu also includes an assortment of snacks. The Duck Bacon BLT Sliders are a staff favorite.

For more information, visit libertinetucson.com.

Shooter’s Steakhouse & Saloon (Nightly except for Tu/Th)

3115 E. Prince Rd.

That might or might not be Jackie singing karaoke at Shooter’s.

Shooter’s was primarily known for their Sunday karaoke, but they’ve expanded. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Even though Shooter’s is western-themed, you’ll still hear your fair share of Spice Girls and Sir Mix-A-Lot with a rowdy and energetic crowd.

The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. daily and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, so sit down with a mesquite-grilled steak or rib-tip basket for a late evening dinner before you get the crowd going to Little Red Corvette.

Keep up with Shooter’s Steakhouse and Saloon on Facebook.

Tough Luck Club (Tuesdays)

101 E. Pennington St.
Karaoke at the Tough Luck Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Karaoke at the Tough Luck Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For underground karaoke on Tuesdays around 10 p.m., visit the Tough Luck Club tucked away in the basement under Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink.

You can keep it simple at Tough Luck Club with the $4 special, which is a can of Coors and shot of whiskey.

If you’re feeling wild, you can roll the giant dice to determine which cocktail you’ll receive. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of the bartenders singing while shaking or stirring your cocktail.

Keep up with Tough Luck Club on Facebook.

Surly Wench Pub (Wednesdays)

424 N. Fourth Ave.
(Credit: Surly Wench Pub)

Wednesday karaoke at the Surly Wench Pub (Credit: Surly Wench Pub)

Wednesdays after 9 p.m., sing onstage at the Surly Wench. It’s also a great place for the latest eats on Fourth Avenue because the kitchen is open until 1:30 a.m.

Make sure to try their Hangover Tots, topped with Swiss cheese, house poblano sauce, and a fried egg. Their Bloody Mary is also killer.

For more information, visit surlywenchpub.com.

Mr. Head’s Art Gallery & Bar (Thursdays)

513 N. Fourth Ave.
Thursday Karaoke at Mr. Head's Art Gallery and Bar (Credit: Mr. Head's Art Gallery and Bar)

Thursday Karaoke at Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar (Credit: Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar)

Not for the faint-hearted, Gong Karaoke starts Thursday nights at 10 p.m. Why so rough? The crowd isn’t afraid to boo — if enough people boo, the gong will get banged and your performance will abruptly end.

This has two benefits, however.

As a spectator, you won’t be subjected to repetitive or painful performances. As a singer, if you complete your song without getting gonged, you get a dollar off your next drink.

With their wide beer draft selection, you won’t have a problem choosing a cold one.

Keep up with Mr. Head’s on Facebook.

Rusty’s Family Restaurant & Sports Grille (Thursdays)

2075 W. Grant Rd.

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Rusty’s is a west Tucson staple. They draw a rowdy crowd for karaoke, which starts at 8 p.m. on Thursdays (Wednesdays if Thursday is closed for a holiday).

The tap list is impressive for a dive, while the menu offers a wide range of bar fare and comfort food classics such as spaghetti, meatloaf, and pot roast.

Keep up with Rusty’s Family Restaurant & Sports Grille on Facebook.

Royal Sun Restaurant & Lounge (Thurs – Sat)

1003 N. Stone Ave.
Magic Kenny Bang Bang sings karaoke at Best Western Royal Sun Lounge

Magic Kenny Bang Bang karaoke session at Best Western Royal Sun Lounge years ago

For another karaoke option near campus, visit the Royal Sun Restaurant & Lounge at the Best Western Royal Sun Inn & Suites starting at 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat named it one of the best places for karaoke. While a hotel restaurant and lounge isn’t a place you’d expect shenanigans, there’s room to dance if you’re feeling rowdy. The bartenders occasionally join in the fun and perform rock ballads too.

For more information, visit bwroyalsun.com.

IBT’s (Fri – Mon)

616 N. Fourth Ave.
Karaoke at IBT's (Credit: IBT's)

Karaoke at IBT’s (Credit: IBT’s)

To catch karaoke before sunset, IBT’s has you covered. While Monday karaoke hours are 9 p.m. to close, Friday and Saturday are 5 – 8:30 p.m. and Sundays are 4 p.m. – close.

Though they have bar fare such as burgers, house-breaded chicken tenders, and wings, carne asada fries are more appealing after you’ve had a few drinks. The kitchen is open 4 – 11 p.m. daily.

If you stay late past karaoke, you’ll occasionally catch one of their drag shows.

For more information, visit IBT’s.

Jeff’s Pub (Fri – Sat)

112 S. Camino Seco
Karaoke at Jeff's Pub (Credit: Jeff's Pub)

Karaoke at Jeff’s Pub (Credit: Jeff’s Pub)

For east side karaoke, swing by Jeff’s Pub. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

If you’re hungry, get one of the burgers with meat ground by Dickman’s Meat and Deli. It’s also one of the few places in town that offers steak fingers, but be aware that the kitchen closes at midnight.

Three pool tables are also available in case you need a break from singing.

Keep up with Jeff’s Pub on Facebook.

Nevada Smith’s Saloon (Fri – Sun)

1175 W. Miracle Mile

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A hidden dive bar and affordable-eats gem, Nevada Smith’s features karaoke from 9 p.m. – close on Fridays and Saturdays and 8 p.m. – close on Sundays. Taco night is also on Sunday.

For more information, visit nevadasmithssaloon.com.

Where are your favorite karaoke spots? Let us know in the comments.

[This article was originally written on June 9, 2016, and most recently updated on July 3, 2019.]

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.