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Karaoke Bars in Perth

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Published June 22nd 2011
Did you know Karaoke means 'empty orchestra' in Japanese?

I thought it meant 'tone deaf.'

Either way, it's a heck of a night out. And we are lucky enough in little Perth to have a bucket load of locations in which we can bust it out.

So read on (or sing-a-long to the words if you like, I don't mind) for advice of where to go in Perth, including the songs best songs to sing, and the best songs not to.

1. Seizan Karaoke Bar:

It's taken a lot for me to share this one with the rest of Perth. I love it, it's one of the best and it's never very busy but hey, who am I to hold back a well kept secret.

As little as it is, it's a very classy karaoke bar, perfectly intimate for that rendition of "I wanna know what love is".

The songlist is awesome. I think it was probably put together in the 90's because there are some early 90's gems in there we have all forgotten about.

So when you whip out MMMBop, the crowd sure gets pumped.

There are also some intimate little booths up the back, so you could always head there with your partner for a glass of wine and a good show.

Or better still, start your night out with some Japanese cuisine at Seizan Restaurant, located right next door, then zip on up to karaoke.

However you do it, you won't be disappointed with this one.

2. Dreamland International Karaoke Restaurant:

I had my 24th birthday at this one, and from what I remember I was very well looked after. Located on William Street, you are surrounded by the Northbridge nightlife.

If you dine in the restaurant, you'll get free karaoke all night which is a great deal, because the food is goooood. From traditional Asian Cuisine, to a Western menu, every taste is satisfied. Drinks are also well priced, and the list is extensive.

If you're a little shy, the good thing about Dreamland is that you can hire out your own VIP room. Each has your own plasma, couches and your very own karaoke machine. Bookings are essential though, so be sure to hop on the website.

The last time I went there, I sang 'New York, New York.' But I didn't realise this until I heard it again about two months later. Needless to say, I'm sure it was a great night.

3. Hit Studio Karaoke:

Now this is one I haven't ventured in to, but hear a lot about. Hit Studio is situated in the heart of Northbridge, and much like Dreamland has private rooms available.

And check this out, their rooms have wireless microphones so you can give an extra enthusiastic performance with perfectly timed dance moves.

Claiming to be 'the best karaoke bar in Perth,' this one is definitely worth a look. You can choose from over 100,000 songs in English, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian and Chinese. And amongst that selection is the latest songs from PINK, Katy Perry and Beyonce to name a few.

Personally, I would stick to the best power ballads of the 80's and 90's, but if you want to keep it modern you'll find what you're after here.

Some other venues worth a look are: Crown Karaoke - Also owned by Hit Studio Karaoke, with private rooms, and food available. Situated in the heart of Perth's vibrant Chinatown. Another goody is Ferrara Karaoke.

Now if you're new to karaoke, you'll want a few song tips. Because you might think that you are great at singing certain songs, when really it only sounds good in your head, or when you mime to it.

I would say, steer clear of the songs everyone does. Chances are, you will drive the bar staff crazy because they hear it 12 times a night which may result in a full staff mental breakdown, ending your night earlier than planned.

These songs include:

'Bohemian Rhapsody'- It's long. And it's so up and down, I feel like I'm going to have a seizure. Don't do it.

Guys singing 'Barbie Girl' together. Oh I get it, because you're male and you're saying 'I'm a Barbie Girl'. It's not funny and it never will be.

'My Heart Will Go On' - Celine Dion. Maybe if you're doing karaoke on a boat then that's kind of funny. Actually no just don't do it.

'Summer Nights' from Grease. It makes me cringe when I think of people singing this song. And no, you can't get away with the megamix either. In fact rule out Grease completely. Most people that hear it when at karaoke are likely to hand jive out of there.

'Don't Stop Believing' - Before Glee, this song would have been on top of my karaoke list, but now it's being over done. Which is a shame, because Journey are the bomb.

Now the following are the songs I feel need to be performed at karaoke. And can be performed by anyone:

Oasis - 'Don't Look Back in Anger.' This is probably my favourite song to sing at karaoke. Wonderwall is another good one, but they're easy to sing, they're not too fast and I don't know too many people who hate these songs.

The Darkness - 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love.' This is fun. You don't have to be able to hit the high notes well, that just makes it entertaining. You also may even attract an audience of dogs with your high pitched wailing. The unfortunate thing about that is though, they can't clap.

Whitesnake - 'Here I Go Again.' This is the ultimate. It's a serious rock song and well, it rocks.

Franz Ferdinand - 'Take Me Out.' It's the perfect melody to sing and stomp at the very same time.

Also anything by Pat Benatar, Blondie and The Divinyls.

So, lucky for me, next time I go for a spot of karaoke I know in advance what not to sing, so no shoes will be thrown.

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Why? Because busting it out is the only way to spend a night
When: Whatever night you feel like rocking
Where: At the karaoke bars listed
Cost: Varies
Thanks for this! Ill be hitting some of these bars tonight!
By Anonymous
Thursday, 7th of February @ 09:31 pm
great article, though would be great to add links to the websites of various places :) good work
By Anonymous
Sunday, 17th of March @ 05:39 am
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