Cash Studio has been around for quite some time now – and it shows. The decor wears thin at parts and the song selection system isn’t accessible via a touchscreen, which seems strangely old-fashioned today (#firstworldproblems). But the sound system, mics, TVs and song selection’s navigability – the most important elements of karaoke – all work well, which proves that old can still be gold.
People don’t just come to Cash Studio because it’s cheap, though. They come, too, for the Daiichikosho-produced DAM karaoke systems, which have a pretty updated range of J-Pop, J-Rock, anime fare and more. One word of warning: if you want to use the DAM machines (which are programmed in Japanese and separate from the English-language song selection), know your hiragana and your katakana, or else you won’t stand a chance at using the system.
F&B selection $2-$5 for snacks like a bowl of nuts or a fruit platter. Drinks start from $5.50 all the way up to $12.90 (beers).
Extras VIP cardholders get 10 percent discount.
If you're looking for a fancy place to wind down after a long day, or if you're hosting a special occasion, K Suites is your spot. As the premium sister to K Box, it mainly targets the more sophisticated corporate and celebrity crowd. The Orchard Parade Hotel branch we visited is decidedly more grown-up than any other place we checked out – although it does have computers and even game consoles to keep the little ones occupied. For a more in-between option, we recommend its Bugis+ branch. It's furnished with unbelievably comfy sofas, some of which are as wide as beds. In terms of the song selection, K Suites features a range of the hottest hits – as well as golden classics – in many languages. However, we like its exclusive feel, impressive drinks, menu and friendly, helpful staff.
F&B selection $9-$88 for food, including nachos, wings and even abalone for those with classier taste buds; $10 for soft drinks to $1,000 for cognac.
Extras Wii/PS3 games consoles and pool tables in selected rooms; free WiFi and PC with internet in all rooms; slippers and blankets provided for free upon request.
With eight branches across town, Party World is definitely the biggest karaoke chain in Singapore – making it the go-to place for casual weekend singers as well as the more die-hard warblers. Its state-of-the-art sound system and wide repertoire of songs are impressive, even though it caters more to a Chinese audience.
Rooms are pretty standard – although some of the larger rooms have multiple TV screenns, with disco lights and cushy seating lining the sides. The songs are well organised and easy to search through, and we like how it's specified if music videos are original – if not, be prepared for some ridiculous beach scenes. However, the system does have a tendency to cut off half of the artists’ names on its list, which isn’t a huge problem until you come across five artists who all have the first name ‘Michael’ and none of their last names show up.
F&B selection $6.80-$16.80 for food, including noodles and snacks; $5 starting price for drinks, including soft and alcoholic drinks, and bubble tea.
Extras Tambourines, leg massagers and disco lights.
If you want value for your dollar, look no further than the appropriately named Ten Dollar Club. For $10, you get five hours of karaoke (reduced to three during the evenings), and free flow of drinks for parched throats from all the singing.
The decor leans towards the homely, which in the business of KTVs makes it slightly unusual. You don’t get glitzy spectacular spheres and trendily designed dark rooms here. Instead, you’re treated to an array of soft amber lights, ’90s-era wallpapers and the sort of sofas that feel better than they look. True, the song selection menu is a complete drudgery to navigate and the song list isn’t exceptional, but hey, your dollar is stretched as far as it can go. Oh, and if you want to save even more cash, you’re also welcomed to bring your own snacks.
F&B selection Minimum $6 for the likes of fried rice (zi char); free flow of soft drinks and up to $178-$202 for Martell.
Extras Pool table in the main hall, $2 per game.
Unlike other karaoke venues, Teo Heng’s rates go by room sizes (you're charged by the hour), making it fairly cheaper than other karaoke options. Choose from three types of rooms: the smallest allows a maximum capacity of four people, the medium six, and the largest ten.
While the song selection available here isn’t too spectacular, it does have a decent spectrum of genres making it perfect for a family get-together. They range from classics for the oldies (we're talking Abba and The Carpenters) and relatively modern pop jams for the younger ones (think Avril Lavigne circa 2010). Thankfully, more well-known pop stars like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé have a more updated catalogue. There isn't much on offer for food and drinks, but each outlet does have a small snack section selling bags of chips and bottled water starting from a dollar each. In case singing does make you extra hungry, feel free to bring your own food and drinks. Just make sure to clean up after yourselves.
F&B selection Bottled water for $1 and snacks at a minimum for $2 each
Extras Tambourine and maracas