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The best karaoke bars in Melbourne

Karaoke is the best fun you can have standing up, and this town boasts a plethora of places to do it

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Time Out editors
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'Total Eclipse of the Heart'. 'Rock Lobster'. 'Someone Like You'. 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman!'. What do these songs have in common? They're all A-grade songs – weapons, if you will – that will help you absolutely slay your next karaoke set and leave your fellow singers gasping. We've chosen our favourite places to let loose, mic in hand, from private rooms to public bars. 

While you're at your most confident, head over to our favourite bars for dancing, or have a boogie at these bars that play disco music

Where to try karaoke in Melbourne

Heroes
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

Have you ever thought, “I’d really like to sing Disney tunes while chomping on duck hearts and swigging craft beer”? Well, you’re in luck. Heroes, the three-level venue from the crew behind Fancy Hanks, has all your sing-along, South East Asian street food and rooftop cocktail needs covered. They've got three private karaoke rooms ($10 per person for a two-hour session) but the open mic-style karaoke lounge is there for those with no shame. 

KBOX Karaoke
  • Clubs
  • Melbourne

KBOX Karaoke is everything a good karaoke venue should be: an extensive collection of old school and current chart-topping hits, gleaming disco balls, and plenty of booze to get you in the singing mood. Prices start at $30 per person for a two-hour session, which includes two drinks to lubricate those vocal chords.

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Strike Bowling: QV
  • Things to do
  • Melbourne

Make your evening an all-rounder by combining bowling with karaoke. Knock down some pins, make a pit stop at the bar, then go a bit of Katy Perry in a (thankfully) private room. Eager beavers can download the song catalogue in advance to plan the setlist for the night. Karaoke is priced per hour ($150 p/h) instead of per person, so the more the merrier. 

  • Clubs
  • Melbourne

Sing like no one is watching at F.M. Karaoke. Ideal if you're on a budget, F.M. Karaoke charges just $40-$60 per hour for the use of its private rooms, including the Roman and Egyptian themed spaces. If it's right before payday, skip the private room and opt for free open karaoke instead. It's a longer wait between turns, but when your time comes you'll have the audience you deserve.

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Jankara Karaoke
  • Clubs
  • Melbourne

It’s a sink-or-swim policy at this free karaoke bar, where you get a song ticket for every two drinks purchased. Dozens of punters take to the mic each night to tackle their favourite karaoke hits in front of complete strangers. Sound scary? Not to worry, you'll be two drinks in which should calm your nerves.

  • Clubs
  • Melbourne

Taiwan's top karaoke brand is conveniently located in Melbourne Central, with 44 rooms in sizes to suit every group or budget. The Asian snacks are legit (shredded dried squid, anyone?) but there's also dim sum, noodles and rice dishes if you're in need of a proper feed. Prices start at $27 per person for a three-hour session, including two beverages.

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Shoya
  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

This hidden little gem in Chinatown offers high-end Japanese cuisine, including barbecue-style dishes and extensive range of sushi and sashimi. After dinner head upstairs, order a Japanese whisky or sake, and belt out a your favourite tunes in the private karaoke rooms. If you're not dining at the restaurant, you can still come for karaoke, just head straight for the bar. Karaoke is available from 9pm and cost $80 per hour. 

  • Bars
  • Southbank

This groovy '70s-themed karaoke bar in Crown Casino comes from the fun-loving folks behind B Lucky & Sons and Archie Brother. There's colourful glass, mirrors, disco balls (of course), bright paint and flower power everywhere you look – and even a disco-themed punch seved in a mirror ball. Each of the ten karaoke rooms has its own theme, plus a prop box filled with tambourines, maracas and feather boas. Food is suitably '70s too: fondue (both chocolate and cheese), Chiko Rolls, mini burgers and hot dogs, plus a modern take on a prawn cocktail. Karaoke costs $15-$23 per person, per hour.

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