I know when you think of karaoke an overly-florescent karaoke room in the midst of Chinatown or a place where all the singers look like convicts enters your mind. But the Melody Bar is a completely different story, its packed!!! But I guess that's what happens when you are voted the "best karaoke bar" in Toronto by NOW.
The Gladstone is known as the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto. This Queen West hotel was built in 1889 and was known as a last stop for artists passing through Toronto after performing at Massey Hall.
Melody Bar went through this past year that enticed me check it out. Our group was expecting horrible singing, but we were presently surprised that almost everyone sang like professionals.
Sound-A-Likes of the Evening
1. Amy Winehouse - she rocked my socks
2. Barenaked Ladies - was so spot on it was cray-cray
3. Janis Joplin - performed by my lovely wife!
Now I don't know if the singers were getting better throughout the night or if I was just getting more drunk, but the entertainment was killer. And even better....free!!! Even the jolly host of the karaoke had some impressive pipes. My personal favourite was the "Applause" sign that he would hold up for each singer.
The Gladstone also has:
1. The Ballroom
2. The Gladstone Art Gallery
3. The Art Bar
4. The Gladstone Cafe
Whether you want to visit the Gladstone to crash from your travels or dine on some great cuisine, you must take a second and hit up the Melody Bar to bust out a tune.
I ♥ TO