Co-author of the ebook Secret Sydney Bars Walking Tour (Amazon). Reviews wine & craft beer bars and pubs, Asian restaurants and other places open late. Please visit my blog for more of the same from around the world https://www.TravelWineFood.com
Published April 17th 2016
Sing Your Heart Out in a Private Karaoke Booth in Sydney
One of the most popular Karaoke bars in Sydney city is Echo Point. It is newly refurbished, convenient (not far from Town Hall station) and ideal for a fun and drunken night out. You'll find friendly people, plenty of bottled beer and wine on offer, and a number of sound proof rooms to sing your heart out in.
The rooms are cozy so, while there might be enough room for ten in some of them, there isn't much leg room. If you're six foot like me you might find it a bit cramped. Perhaps seven would be a better fit if you're all tall.
We tried two karaoke rooms and weren't disappointed. The place has been completely refurbished and features state-of-the-art music software in multiple Asian languages, as well as English. They use both the Joysound and the UGA systems, updated frequently.
I had been here about eight years ago and can say that the refurbishment is a huge improvement with comfortable faux leather lounges, new air-conditioning and new sound systems, as well as better input systems, screens and microphones.
If you know how to write in Chinese characters you can write the title of the song with your fingers on the touch screen. Unfortunately I didn't have that skill and found the search system a bit difficult to work out. As my singing companions also found it a bit trying, we were able to request a shift to a room that had the old portable pen system we were more familiar with, and continued singing from there.
As my friends were karaoke regulars they were quickly able to find some awesome songs for me to sing including Bohemian Rhapsody, I'm a Believer, Simply Irresistible, and Miki Douzan's Lifetime Respect. They also sang several Japanese and Filipino songs which had English transliteration and Japanese subtitles which made it easy for me to join in even if I didn't understand all the words.
Not all songs had English subtitles but you're able to skip if it isn't what you're looking for. You can also change the tempo of the song before it starts, especially if, as my friend did, you decide to bring along an electric guitar to play along.
We bought two hours there during their happy hour for $12 per person (minimum 2 people) and were occasionally checked on in case we needed anything, like water or more drinks (can be purchased from the fridge behind reception) They also had snacks on offer.