Lantern by Wagaya

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Lantern by Wagaya

There's a new karaoke kid in town

This relative newby has thrown down the sparkly, Michael Jackson-style gauntlet. 
The rooms are like little mod capsules – ours was all mirrored oval tables and plush, light olive lounge seating – and the Japanese menu (order via the touchscreen near the door) is extensive: bowl of ramen with your ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’? One question: Was the air conditioning on?

The system
One of the easiest touchscreen systems in town for an English-only speaker. But with no book for browsing, the queue at the screen gets long.

The songs
The song list is huge, but still fails our Johnny Cash test. Does no one in this town want to sing a rollicking good-times version of ‘Ring of Fire’?

You enter via the Sun Tower on George Street – the bouncer waits by the lifts – and there’s something fun about sneaking tipsily into an office building late at night. Rooms from four to six people ($50/hour) to 15-20 people ($150/hour).


Venue name: Lantern by Wagaya
Address: Lvl 2
591 George St
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2am

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