Bars & Pubs

Your 2021 Guide To The Best Karaoke Spots In Melbourne

By Kate Fleming
16th Nov 2021

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2021 has been a tough year to say the least, but now it’s time to ‘let it go’ and sing your troubles away at Melbourne’s best karaoke bars. Whether you’re a first-timer or you feel confident belting out all the notes for all the parts in Bohemian Rhapsody, Melbourne has a plethora of karaoke bars to suit all kinds of occasions and confidence levels.

So get your gang together, down some Dutch courage and get your butt on that stage. These are Melbourne’s best karaoke bars in 2021. 

Heroes Karaoke and Rooftop Bar

CBD

If you’re feeling brave enough to take on an open mic after practising in your house for all of 2021, then head to Heroes—the karaoke bar for the confident karaoke connoisseurs. Nestled between Bourke Street and Little Bourke, they’ve got a rooftop bar for you to cool off between songs, as well as private karaoke rooms for the more faint-hearted serenaders. You can book a private two hour session for $20pp plus unlimited drinks starting from $45pp, or take to the open stage. Cue David Bowie, we’ll see you there. 

Juke’s

Southbank

Next door to the much-loved Holey Moley in the Crown Entertainment Precinct you’ll find Juke’s, Melbourne’s best psychedelic karaoke bar bringing the 70s vibes firmly into 2021. Each private room is fittingly retro, with plush couches, vintage microphones and colourful walls across the board. Step back in time and sign up for one of their sweet deals—on Manic Mondays you get free karaoke with a night-long happy hour, $10 pizzas and $5 fries. If that doesn’t get your friends to the mic then we don’t know what will.

FM Karaoke

CBD

Split over two levels, FM Karaoke has all your vocal (and drinking) needs covered. You can choose from the public karaoke bar downstairs where you can impress your date or torture everyone with your rendition of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, or you can opt for one of the four private rooms upstairs and limit your humiliation to a handful of friends. They’ve got a big range of songs to choose from, from retro classics to the hits of 2021, plus a range of Chinese and Korean songs too—there’s something for everyone.

Jankara Karaoke

CBD

Jankara provides yet another public opportunity to bust some tunes thanks to its open layout. Not only does the venue have endless drinks on tap and a small stage to make you feel like an Australian idol, but Jankara has to have one of the thickest songbooks in the city. There’s no classic hit that isn’t in the system at this karaoke spot, and that’s why it’s one of the best karaoke bars in Melbourne as far as we’re concerned. Live out your Cameron Diaz karaoke dreams in 2021 and hit the mic [baby] one more time. 

KBOX Karaoke

CBD

KBOX Karaoke is a Melbourne classic and is renowned for its comprehensive collection of English, K-pop, J-pop, Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian hits. If it’s international music you’re after, then this is the best karaoke bar in Melbourne for you. Leave it to the ritzy overhanging disco balls to get you in the mood, plus their fully equipped, Dutch courage-packed bar for your more timid friends emerging out of the 2021 lockdown. Book a room for your next reunion, birthday, hens party or don’t-need-no-reason-to-party night. 

PartyWorld Karaoke

CBD

PartyWorld is, in fact, the best karaoke brand in Taiwan, and it’s currently singing up a storm on the streets of Melbourne in 2021. Located in Melbourne Central with no less than 44 rooms, they’ve got a size and a song for everyone. There’s even a team of chefs dishing up an array of Chinese classics to ensure your karaoke energies never waver and they’ll deliver the meals to your private room—no intermissions needed.  

Strike Bowling QV

CBD

Strike Bowling in QV certainly packs a punch entertainment-wise thanks to its fully equipped bowling alleys and laser tag courses, but its biggest drawcard is by far the private karaoke room which holds up to 35 people—and all for a very affordable hourly rate. Browse their song catalogue online in advance so you can customise your playlist, show off your vocal chops and unleash your inner Mariah that’s been in hiding throughout 2021.   

Rice Queen

Fitzroy

Glam your evening up with a trip to Fitzroy’s resident oriental diner and bar, Rice Queen. Not only is it packed with delicious Asian cuisine, they also have their very own karaoke room tucked away at the back of the venue. You can book the whole room out for you and nine of your closest friends for an hour, there’s a minimum spend of $100, but between ten of you it’s a breeze. Make sure you enquire ahead for this super exclusive room. 

Stars KTV Karaoke & Lounge

CBD

Hot on the heels of the Melbourne karaoke scene is its newest player, Stars KTV Karaoke & Lounge. With no less than 31 ritzy rooms equipped with the latest in vocal technology, including huge TV screens, sound systems, laser lighting, and over 200,000 songs, this place is set on being the best karaoke bar in Melbourne for 2021 and beyond. Pick up some courage on arrival at their sparkling Star Bar before heading into your private room.

Ichi Ni Nana’s Sing Song Den

Fitzroy

And finally, holding the title of the 'Least Sticky Karaoke Room in Melbourne', we've got Ichi Ni Nana on Brunswick Street. Their brand new karaoke bunker is a private sing-a-long dream which you can book out for your next function. It’s not quite a karaoke bar, but more of a restaurant/bar that happens to have a super stylish karaoke room. You can get cocktails and share plates in there (go the pork katsu skewers), and there's a solid mix of tunes to keep you pumping all night. Once you’ve sung your heart out, head up for air on the rooftop bar and soothe those sweet vocal chords with a Japanese-inspired cocktail.  

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Image credit: Rice Queen

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