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The Karaoke Hole
Eivind Hansen

So you've never been to... The Karaoke Hole

Everything you need to know about this Dalston den of karaoke madness and debauchery

Written by
Alim Kheraj

In a nutshell…
It’s a kitschy basement bar, Dalston Superstore’s naughty little sister, where drag kings and queens make people’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ fantasies come true every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Where is it? Bang underneath super-buzzy pizza hangout Voodoo Ray’s on Kingsland High Street, just before you get to the Rio Cinema.

What’s the vibe?
Compact, glittery and rough round the edges. There’s a DIY element to everything, from the disco ball and smoke machine staging to the seating, which fills up fast. Expect a general air of mayhem, but the karaoke running order is compiled by an app, so there won’t be any confusion when the drag compère says it’s your turn to belt out Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’.

What makes it a great venue?
Aside from the chance to pretend you’re on ‘The X Factor’, it’s probably one of the most fun and supportive spots in London. However limited your vocal ability, everyone will get behind you and probably end up screaming along the lyrics to whatever pop classic you choose. It’s an inclusive space, too, welcoming queer kids, Dalston locals and anyone who fancies a few hours of euphoric havoc. Basically, this isn’t your average karaoke night down the local.

What’s the booze situation?
Surprisingly, far from shambolic. A beer or spirit with a mixer will set you back a fiver, and the attentive bar staff will mix you a karaoke-themed cocktail for about eight quid. With names like ‘F**k the Pain Away’ and ‘Hole Puncher 22’, the cocktail pitchers really set the mood.

What’s coming up there soon?
If you consider yourself the next Celine, Beyoncé or Bowie, there’s now a weekly singing competition on Sunday nights where you could win £100

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