Where to Sing Karaoke in Lisbon
Let me start by saying that karaoke is not a widely celebrate pastime in Lisbon. The Portuguese people much prefer sitting and watching someone else sing fado rather than having to take over the mic themselves.
It seems that the appeal of karaoke was brought in by the tourists, and there is a small hub of bars offering the activity down in Cais do Sodré at the lowest most point of the city, on the Tagus . The most lively bars all fall along Lisbon’s famous pinks street; a road where the entire floor is sealed with bright pink paint.
A lot of the bars down here do karaoke evenings completely spontaneously. It’s a sort of ‘luck of the day’ or ‘right place, right time’ kind of experience. In addition to Cais do Sodré, Bairro Alto also embraces this hilarious activity.
Here’s where you can venture to most evenings of the week for 15 minutes of fame.
Viking Bar in Lisbon
On the pink street as promised, the Viking Bar is considered an institution in these parts. Where else in this part of Lisbon can you wander on into a bar at 5am and still receive full service?
The Viking Bar is a ‘take it or leave it’ kind of place, you either love it or you hate it. Many dislike the fact that patrons are permitted to smoke inside, and that you’ll leave smelling like a bit of an ashtray. Drinks are also slightly pricier compared to other bars in the area.
The vibe, however, is always light and always fun. They embrace throwback classics in their music choices each evening, ranging between the 80s and 90s.
Monday nights are karaoke nights — come with low expectations on the performance and music choice forefront. The bar only has a karaoke library of about 100 songs mostly from the 80s and 90s as well, bar a few new age hits.
Viking Bar is known on the streets for their nightly striptease that takes place in the center of the dance floor. I’m stating this here so you don’t get into a panic when this comes out of nowhere while you’re sipping on your mojito.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Saturday: 11pm to 6am
ADDRESS: R. Nova do Carvalho 7, 1200-161 Lisboa
METRO STATION: Cais do Sodré
The Corner Irish Pub in Lisbon
Bairro Alto is an enigma of a place in Lisbon. A free guided walking tour through these very narrow, very historic streets is an absolute must for anyone wanting to properly experience the appeal of this city.
There are many an Irish pub around Lisbon. The Irish are known for being a karaoke loving people, so these are usually reliable spots to head to when the craving sets in.
The Corner Irish Pub is the only one of its kind in this part of the city and draws in massive crowds on Saturdays and Wednesdays when karaoke takes place. Because it’s quite small, as the streets outside are quite tiny as well, everyone from the street is brought into the commotion.
The bar is a ton of fun and good vibes, both on karaoke evenings and regular ones too. Drinks are reasonably priced with lots of specials on karaoke evenings, and they have a full restaurant menu too.
Be warned: people come here to get loose and silly, especially on karaoke evenings! Come with an open mind and be ready to laugh!
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday: 5pm to 2am
ADDRESS: Tv. da Queimada 9, 1200-285 Lisboa
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa
Friends Bairro Alto in Lisbon
Friends is a welcoming little bar also situated in the streets of Bairro Alto. It prides itself on being a space where everyone is invited, particularly the LQBTQ+ community.
Like most of the bars in Bairro Alto, Friends is a simply space with good cocktails, fun music and (unfortunately) smoking permitted indoors.
Friends usually does spontaneous karaoke evenings once a week, with the exact day to be stipulated a few days prior. You can check with their social media pages to determine when the next one will be or call them directly.
Along with spontaneous karaoke evenings, Friends also does spontaneous themed parties. Don’t be alarmed if you show up here and everyone is dressed up like firemen or to the theme of Abba.
Friends has a simple but hugely popular bar menu with a few dishes on offer. Their shrimp and sandwiches are easiest to eat inside the small space; come early if you’ll be wanting to order food!
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday: 6pm to 2am
ADDRESS: Travessa da Água da Flor 17, 1200-339 Lisboa
METRO STATION: Rossio – Lisboa
As far as karaoke goes in Lisbon these are your best bets. If you happen to know any hidden spots where one can enjoy this guilty pleasure that I am yet to find, please do let me know.
Karaoke in Lisbon is a spontaneous hobby for the people, so it is a spontaneous event for bars and clubs as well.