Who doesn’t love a bit of Karaoke for a night out or an after-work get together? Melbourne has a plethora of karaoke joints to take the night to a whole other level. It doesn’t even matter if you’re terrible at it because that’s the whole point. Watching your friends humiliate themselves while singing “Man, I feel like a woman” is one way to cement a friendship so pluck up your confidence or maybe take some Dutch courage and head up to the stage to belt out some tunes while watching your friends facepalm themselves. Take a look at the 7 best karaoke bars Melbourne has on offer.
1. Jankara Karaoke
Let’s start off this list with a free, that’s right, FREE Karaoke bar. Jankara Karaoke offers over 5,000 songs in English, Japanese, Chinese and Filipino so you’re sure to find something to belt out after a few drinks. Speaking of drinks, Jankara’s beer offerings are pretty extensive from Japanese favourites Asahi and Kirin to Suntory Premium Malts on tap and Belgian Hoegaarden. One of the best karaoke bars Melbourne has to offer, just for its fun party atmosphere alone.
Address: 300 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9662 4042
Trading hours: Sun-Thu 7pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-5am
2. KBOX Karaoke
If singing in a room full of strangers isn’t your thing then KBOX Karaoke may be a better choice. The private rooms are the perfect spot for you and your friends or colleagues to get a little messy and badly sing along to some of the greatest songs over various decades. It’s got all the things you’d expect from a karaoke bar, disco balls, carpeted walls, plush couches and a list of songs that’ll have you singing till the early morning.
Address: 52 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 9663
Trading hours: Wed-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri 5pm-3:30am, Sat 2pm-3:30am, Sun 2pm-2am
3. F.M. Karaoke
One of the best karaoke bars in Melbourne, F.M Karaoke does things a little differently with their themed private karaoke rooms. Choose from modern, Roman and Egyptian themed private rooms or alternatively take advantage of the free open karaoke if you dare. You could even have your Bachelor or Bachelorette parties there. They’ve got a multiple languages, the latest hits and the golden oldies plus it’s centrally located on Bourke Street so it’s easy to get to.
Address: Shop 2, 146 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 0013
Trading hours: Sun-Thu 7pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am
4. Strike Bowling
Why not add a little Karaoke the next time you’re knocking down pins at Strike Bowling. Private rooms allow you the discretion of embarrassing yourself only among your closest friends instead of the entire building. When the singing gets you thirsty head to the bar or get drinks delivered right to your room. With their cheap hourly rates (rather than the more expensive per person rate) you’ll be singing till your tonsils hurt and dancing the night away well into the early hours of the morning.
Address: 245 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 1300 787 453
Trading hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat midday-midnight, Sun midday-10pm
5. Partyworld Karaoke Plus
A great karaoke bar in Melbourne to belt out a tune and meet some people is Partyworld Karaoke Plus. It’s Taiwan’s top karaoke brand and offers a whole range of services for every type of budget. 44 well furnished rooms are available with cosy sofas, modern equipment and a whole load of privacy if you’re a little mic shy. Plus you can drink from a fine selection of local and imported beers, wines and spirits and munch on some delicious Asian cuisine made by top chefs while you take turns at the mic.
Address: Level 1, 113-115 Kingsway, Glen Waverley VIC 3150
Phone: (03) 9561 0103
Trading hours: Sun-Thu 7:30pm-4am, Fri-Sat 7pm-6am
6. Heroes Karaoke & Rooftop Bar
Heroes Karaoke and Rooftop Bar has got it all. When you’re looking for the best karaoke bars in Melbourne, look no further because it has 4 floors of singing and drinking conveniently located on Bourke Street, plus public and private rooms, an Asian BBQ kitchen and to top it off, an awesome rooftop bar. From 8pm the open mic karaoke kicks off with a hefty 200,000 song selection to choose from. Get a free drink when booking a private room on Wednesdays or head over for happy hour from 4 till 7 for $6 wines and $8 pints.
Address: 188 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 8639 0630
Trading hours: Wed & Sun 4pm-12am, Thu-Sat 4pm-1am
7. Rice Queen
Rice Queen not only delivers on excellent pan-Asian dishes, it’s also got a banging karaoke area with a 30 person capacity if you’re in a large group. It’s kitschy, in the best kind of way with vaulted ceilings, bright lanterns and plastic cherry blossoms with cosy and inviting areas dotted throughout. If you’re done with singing then take a gander at the impressive menu featuring dishes from all over Asia which also has some pretty good vegan offerings as well, and the drinks menu which has a nice mix of Asian inspired cocktails.
Address: 389-391 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: (03) 9419 6624
Trading hours: Tue-Fri 5pm-late, Sat 12pm-late
8. Blue Moon Karaoke Bar
Located in the heart of Melbournes CBD, Blue Moon Karaoke Bar is the perfect place to let off some steam after work or uni. The communal karaoke set up allows for big groups to get together, meet new people and sing their lungs out. Boasting one of the best hi-fi setups around and a slew of drink deals each night, Blue Moon is a one-stop shop for a good night.
Address: 380 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9639 5875
Trading hours: Wed 5pm-12am, Thu-Sun 5pm-1am