Here is a confirmed sampling of the action you can find out there. In addition, many places start up or have a karaoke evening occasionally, so keep your eyes and ears open, consult each week's Gusto listings, and go!
Desiderio's on Broadway
5827 Broadway, Lancaster; 683-7767
10 p.m. Thursdays (with Bud)
Dockside Inn on the Canal
153 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda; 693-3100
9 p.m. Thursdays
200 Main St., City of Tonawanda; 694-6317
10 p.m. Saturdays.
The Frog Grill by Say Cheesecake!
561 Main St., Tonawanda; 694-3700
8:30 p.m. Wednesdays (with All New)
From the staff: Says general manager Maureen Valint: "It's not like some places where you stand in the corner singing and everyone else in the bar is yapping away. People actually listen."
Garden Park Cafe
3525 Genesee St., Cheektowaga; 602-1446
9 p.m. daily (Ron's 7-Nite Karaoke)
12249 Olean Road, Chaffee; 496-1088
10 p.m. Fridays (Skipdog)
6621 Main St., Williamsville; 634-1657
10 p.m. Wednesdays (Johnny Saffire Sound and Entertainment)
The Hilltop Inn & Grove
11389 Genesee St., Alden; 937-3430
8 p.m. Fridays (Jim Beau's Roadshow)
1404 Abbott Road, Lackawanna; 825-5544
8 p.m. Tuesdays (Mr. V's Music and karaoke with Justin)
From the staff: Jean Bridenbaker, server, says that they've got a regular crowd, and that "strays who wander in" tend to come back.
189 Delaware Ave; 856-9262
10:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. Thursdays (with Blue Sound)
2081 Niagara St; 877-1025
10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (Karaoke with Ron); 10 p.m. Thursdays (Karaoke with Neal)
3587 Walden Ave., Lancaster; 684-7939
10 p.m. Saturdays (Super Sound Karaoke with Bud)
From the staff: Bartender Marc Schneider says the crowd is mixed, "from 21 to their 80s," and there's a lot of country music being crooned.
472 Ontario St.; 874-4502
10 p.m. Saturdays (J&P Karaoke)
Rafferty's Irish Pub
2794 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga; 895-0616
9 p.m. Saturdays (Mr. V's Music and Karaoke)
From the staff: Owner Rick Schupp enthusiastically touts his place's regular session, saying it's his No. 1 night. He says "there are fantastic singers, and good mix of country, rock and pop" with quite a few Broadway tunes thrown in.
2641 Broadway, Cheektowaga; 896-1970
9 p.m. Sundays (Super Sound Karaoke)
From the staff: Bartender Jennifer Hasfurter says that the guy who runs the evening makes it fun for everyone, with lots of interaction. He "knows how to get people up," she says.
Transit Lanes Kegler's Pub
7850 Transit Road, Williamsville; 632-3940
9:30 p.m. Fridays
274 Delaware Ave.; 853-0092
11 p.m. Mondays (Karaoke with Blue Sound)
210 W. Main St., Springville; 592-9949
9 p.m. Wednesdays (Jim's "Come on and Sing" Karaoke)
-- Jana Eisenberg