7 Dayton-area karaoke hot spots you don't want to miss

If you are anything like me, you live and die by the microphone. That’s right, I'm talking about karaoke -- the poor man’s American Idol.

Karaoke gives you all the feels that you need in life. For example, the unmistakable soft warm glow feeling you get from the television screen full of scrolling words to the song that you know by heart. The feeling of your pulse pounding due to the roar of the crowd when you start spitting outrageous amounts of hot fire. Karaoke has the feels. That’s why this is my 7-7-7 (7 days, 7 locations, 7 songs) Dayton Region Karaoke Guide that you need to know. I will have locations and addresses at the end of the blog.

Day 1 – Sunday: MJ’s on Jefferson

A little-known secret in Dayton, MJ’s on Jefferson offers an atmosphere to let your inner Karaoke Idol run free. Complete with a beautiful stage to showcase all of your best-kept talents, MJ’s gives you the opportunity you need to shine. The staff is extremely friendly and drinks are always strong, and if you are lucky, you might get some popcorn for the show. Sundays always tend to take the wind out of everyone’s sails, but I guarantee if you sing at MJ’s it will start your weekly voyage off right. I'd recommend singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston.


Mondays can really kick us in the butt if we are not careful. With that said, loosen up those windpipes and head over to Mack’s Tavern out in Centerville. While your soul slowly

becomes healed by the voices of your peers, order a “Mack Attack” pizza and slap a dollar down on the pool table to call next game. Also, if you are a Steelers fan, this is the bar for you. With that said, you will be welcomed by all if you sing “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa.

Day 3 – Tuesday: The Whiskey Barrel

Hop on I-75 and head south to find our next location nestled within the Midway Plaza Shopping Center. The Whiskey Barrel is the place to be if you are looking to cash in on your singing skills. With a weekly cash prize of $100, why not give it a try? If you can get the DJ to not sing along to the songs, your voice will be perfect at this venue. Try belting out “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Day 4 – Wednesday: Blind Bob’s

With a sound system that will leave your ears ringing for days, Blind Bob’s is where you want to be to sing your heart out on a Wednesday evening. I suggest getting there a bit earlier to grab my favorite dish for dinner (Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich with sliced almonds). Grab a delicious Belle of Dayton on the rocks with a lemon, mark your song down and enjoy the show. Talents range from across the board, but you be the star that night. Give “(You Gotta) Fight For your Right (to Party)” by the Beastie Boys a go.  That is, if you want to get the crowd involved.


With $1.50 hot dogs, $2 cheeseburgers, and $3 deluxe cheeseburgers, WHERE CAN YOU GO WRONG?!?! With a HUGE outdoor space and charming stage inside, this is the place you are going to want to quench your Thirsty Thursday Thirst. If you need a break from the inside Rock Show Clinic that you are putting on, go outside and chuck some corn hole bags to blow off some steam for your next set. Try singing “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister.

Day 6 – Friday: Soft Rock Café

Soft Rock is the almighty Mecca for your Karaoke Quest to ultimate Dayton Domination. With what I think is the best sound system in the region and TONS of space for all of your roaring fans, Soft Rock is the place to be to become the next Idol. The only drawback: because so many people go, odds are you will only get to sing just once that night -- so make that song count!  The Gut Buster I would suggest is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

Day 7 – Saturday: Red Carpet Tavern

Its Saturday and you have had a hard week of performing at all the other establishments. Take a night to relax and drink up. The Red Carpet Tavern allows you to do just that. It's the definition of a hole in the wall bar you will not soon forget. Located on Wayne Avenue, simply look for the rope lights.  Head in a post-up at the bar and pick out as many songs as you want, because tonight you will be the best performance they have ever had.  Lead off with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears and then its on you from there.

I hope you enjoy this guide.  Did your favorite make the list?  Comment below if I should try out another location.  Thanks for reading and get out there and sing your little heart out.


MJ’s on Jefferson – 20 N. Jefferson St. Dayton, OH 45402

Mack’s Tavern – 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. Washington Township, OH 45459

The Whiskey Barrel – 857 W. Central Ave. Springboro. OH 45066

Blind Bob’s – 430 E. 5th St. Dayton, OH 45402

Wings Sports Bar & Grille – 7902 N. Dixie Dr. Dayton, OH 45414

Soft Rock Café – 877 E. Franklin St. Dayton, OH 45459

Red Carpet Tavern – 3301 Wayne Ave. Dayton, OH 45420

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