Whether you’ve actually got some decent pipes or just want to drunkenly recreate that iconic Bill Murray scene from Lost In Translation, karaoke can be a heap of fun. As popular for work functions as it is for late night bad decisions, Perth has its fair share of karaoke bars just waiting with microphones and hundreds of thousands of songs at the ready:
Ferrara Bar on Queen Street has been around for almost 30 years, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. Tuesdays feature drinks at industry prices, while Thursday is Musical Theatre Night. The only thing is, no private booths. So make sure you’ve got your performance hat on (or a couple of shots under your belt), and dress up to impress.
Hip Hop Kara”YO!”ke
Hip Hop Kara”YO”ke just celebrated its 9th birthday, almost a decade of hip hopping good times at The Bird. Going down every second Thursday where it’s one of the rowdiest and funniest parties in P-town, with people from all walks of life recreating the best hip hop and R&B anthems to very appreciative crowds. Pro-tip: get down early.
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Smack bang in the middle of Chinatown, Crown has an awesome menu of share dishes to keep you energised, and is fully licensed (although BYO wine is permitted). Private rooms start at minimum $250 spend, which ends up being peanuts if you roll through with a big crew. The Crown team are also in charge of Hit Studio just around the corner, offering different packages depending on your party.
Another Northbridge fave, Galaxy Lounge offers a wide variety of the latest popular hip hop and R&B tracks from artists like Cardi B and Post Malone (who actually spent a night there earlier this year). They also offer a pretty well-priced food selection, and the luxe fit-out will make you feel like a popstar.
If you like your karaoke no muss, no fuss style, KARA on Lake Street is a winner. Opens early and stays so til very late, the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff make for an easy-going night to belt out your fave oldies, with a few new ones sprinkled throughout.
Almost Famous – Live Band Karaoke
If rock piggery is more your jam, on the first Thursday of every month head down to Lucy’s Love Shack for Live Band Karaoke. A backing band will roll through the hits, you just need to jump on stage to belt out the vocals. The super cheap beer and pizza specials will help give you the courage necessary to flaunt your inner Bon Scott.
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Prince Lane Bar (Karaoke Suite)
You probably know Prince Lane’s various areas – The Public Bar, Glamour Bar and Rooftop, but they’ve also got a specially serviced Karaoke Suite upstairs. They have a minimum spend of $600, but it’s a huge room that can cater up to 38 people, so the more the merrier (and cheaper!).
Another karaoke joint perfect if you’re looking for something a little fancier, the glass tables and shiny gold fitout will have you feeling like a million bucks. Open from 8pm til very late, the top shelf décor comes with top shelf service, and it’s BYO.
If you’re not content with a night of bowling or mini golf at Strike’s Carousel home, you can always duck into one of their private karaoke rooms. Drinks are delivered to your room, which along with a top shelf audio/visual system is also kitted out with costumes and props for photo opps.
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