Karaoke brings people together like few other activities: it can be the pregame for a big night out or the final destination once you’ve had so much to drink you forget that you can’t actually sing...
Nothing is more liberating than belting out a 90s banger or 80s power ballard and knowing that everyone has to listen to you strive to hit those high notes. To save you from spending time scrolling through your phone looking for the best karaoke bars when you could be singing, we’ve put together a list of Brisbane’s best karaoke bars.
In the heart of the Fortitude Valley mall lives Blute’s Bar, the party pub boasting an iconic karaoke scene. Seven days a week from 7pm, chill out on the comfy leather and listen to the karaoke stars on stage—then get up there yourself. With fourteen taps on offer, cocktails and wine too, Blute’s guarantees good vibes and a non-negotiable boogie atmosphere. But before you spit Slim Shady, feast on Brisbane’s best fried chicken from Lucky Egg just next door.
Every Tuesday from 7pm, Greaser is the ideal place to belt out Livin’ On A Prayer with your mates live on stage. Debauchery is not only guaranteed here, but widely encouraged.There's plenty of spirits behind the bar to help you drown any lingering nerves beforehand, and afterwards you can soak it all back up with a cheeseburger and a basket of tater tots.
Cloud 8 is revolutionising your A Star Is Born moment with their private karaoke rooms available for hire. Sing your heart out without breaking the bank on bevvies because BYO is allowed and get this—there’s no corkage fee. Liquid courage is at your full disposal. If this weren’t enough to get your hand wrapped around a mic, you can BYO food too. So will it be a night of ballads, fine wines and cheese boards, or Smashmouth, beers and pizzas? It’s your call.
Sometimes the night calls for one course of action—Gimme Gimme Gimme by ABBA (perfectly on-key of course). So whether it’s after-work drinks or a late-night crawl with friends, Holey Moley’s private karaoke rooms are up for grabs. And if you’re needing a warm up or to shake out that stage fright, why not putt a few holes at the indoor mini golf course just outside.
As the self-proclaimed best karaoke in Brisbane, Music City is kicking your Sing Star routine up a notch. With over 10 rooms you can karaoke in private with 14 of your closest friends, impressing them with your angelic pipes. They update their songs every month, with new songs in 6 different languages, just to cover all basis. Best part? They are BYO with no corkage fee. Karaoke and cheap wine? Yes please.
Strike Bowling is not your average bowling alley. Stop by their Wintergarden premises and book your own private karaoke room to belt some Beyoncé like nobody is listening. Strike even has laser tag and escape rooms to keep you occupied in case you get sick of singing, but let’s be real, can you get sick of karaoke?
For a Brisbane classic when it comes to the art of karaoke, look no further than Fat Louie’s. With a number of private, Tokyo-style karaoke rooms decked out with lounges and disco balls, they have just about every throwback hit you could ever want to sing your heart out to. Book a room for any special event and experience the glorious feeling that comes with singing at the top of your lungs. Did we mention you can book a lounge with a private bar?
Ben’s Chinese & Vietnamese
Keen for a quality feed and a sing? Ben’s Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant is here to serve. Hosting karaoke every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 8pm to 10.30pm (for diners only), you can finally live out the fantasy of performing in front of a restaurant full of tipsy, full, and rowdy patrons. Who knows, there might even be a talent scout there who will whisk you away to New York, right? Until then, BYO wine and get singing.
The Palace Lounge
Want to take your karaoke party to the next level? The Palace Lounge is your next stop. Newbies and seasoned karaoke-goers alike should head here for private party rooms and state of the art systems designed for you to rock out in style. Next door, a cocktail bar and lounge awaits with delicious cold beverages at the ready (for your vocal chords of course). Grab your mates for a semi-formal sing-off and book a room for all your karaoke needs.
Prefer to watch the pros? Check out Brisbane's best live music bars instead.