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by Mila Wood (subscribe)
I work in the Finance department of a media company, and someone who dabbles in writing of any genre.
Published August 23rd 2014
Have you got what it takes to be the next X Factor winner?
Do you fancy yourself as the next Mariah Carey? or the next Frank Sinatra? Do you think that Elvis Presley's blood runs in your veins? Or you simply have the urge to belt out a tune after a few margaritas.

We all have a Robbie William within us. Just imagine singing those love songs to your crush, or love interest, and soon you'll be crooning your way to the highway of love.

Here is your chance to show off those velvety voice, de-stress from the rant of those horrible bosses, and head to these venues where you can indulge your fantasy with no shame.

1. Kelly's on King

This Irish pub is located on a busy king street in the heart of Newtown. Kelly's is known for its good hearty dishes, live music, trivia nights and of course an endless supply of Guinness.

Karaoke is on Monday and Tuesday nights.

I was told that this joint attracts some very interesting characters so prepare for the encounter of maybe the third kind.

It does get very crowded, so I recommend arriving a tad early to ensure your front row seats.

Nevertheless, with its friendly staff and euphoric atmosphere, this place is a great spot for socialising.


Kelly's on King is at 285 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
02) 9565 2288

Hours are:
Monday to Friday
10AM – 2:30AM
10AM – 3:30AM
11AM – 11:30PM

2. The Hard Rock Cafe

The café run their open mic night on Monday evenings from 8pm and is conveniently located in level 1 of Harbourside Centre, Darling Harbour.

This water front venue is the le-crème de le-crème. Darling Harbour is littered with world class restaurants, where you can shop till you drop, leisurely cruise the waterways or simply stroll around the harbour and enjoy the view.

Hard rock café can accommodate 500 plus guests. With its live music space, you can show off in style. The outdoor balcony is a perfect spot for those lazy summer nights.

The café is open 7 days a week from lunch till late, serving oversize burgers, ribs, salads and sandwiches. Their mighty cocktails are to die for and you have an opportunity to take the glass home if you purchase one of their signature cocktails.

Level 2, Harbourside Centre, Darling Harbour,
Sydney NSW 2000,

Mon-Fri 12noon - late
Sat-Sun 11.30am - late

Phone: 61 2 9280 0077
Fax: 61 2 9281 5296

3. The Windsor on Park

As the old adage goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover"

This place is ideally located in the heart of the CBD on the corners of Park and Castlereagh St. The Windsor is set across three levels, beautifully combining shabby chic and rustic features. It can host up to 450 people therefore deeming the place a perfect location for corporate events, lunches, functions, meetings, parties and weddings.

While adapting the 'no fuss' approach, the extensive menu and beverages selection is not to be sneezed at. The competent team will cater and ensure that your event is a lifetime memories for you to cherish.

Mic night is held on Thursday from 7PM.

Windsor on Park is located at:
48 Park St, Sydney
02 9283 3362
Hours are:
Monday to Saturday
10AM – late
11:30 – 8PM

4. The World Bar

"Come hither and follow me said the spider. Let me crawl inside and tangle my web on you. I shall fulfil your desire and take you to my lair"

"How exciting would it be, we will cajole and thus sojourn down this seedy alley and head towards the house of fun"

"We will drink the golden amber, and devour delicacies to our hearts contents"

"We shall not bother with other creatures of the night and instead we will shamelessly condemn ourselves to damnation"


Don't get too excited folks. The above scenario is just a product of my wild imagination. By saying that, there might be a truth into this debauchery.

At 24 Bayswater Rd, Kings Cross lays a historic 4 storey Victorian terrace house. In the 1940's, this place is synonymous as the house of fun. Teeming with countless legends, devouring flesh in this extravagant whore-house. Then around the 80's, the place became a regular haunt for artists.

Fast forward 34 years on, this historic house has transformed into Sydney's most unique bar and a preferred venue for animalistic behaviour and hence now called "The World Bar".

The place is famous for their teapot cocktail, which is designed to share, in shots poured from the spout of a tea-pot.

There are little nooks to hide and play, mazes of rooms to explore, stairwells and hidden areas that are bound to fire up your imagination.

People of all ages and from all walks of life came from afar to enjoy eclectic entertainment. Young artists exhibit their craft in an upstairs gallery room that turns into a rave-cave.

As darkness descends to earth, civilised creatures enjoying the ambience of the day turn into a wild sexy gyrating, pulsing, heaving and sighing entities til the sun peeps from the horizon. Thus imploring the notion of starting all over again.

So where does this excitement start?

The World Bar is at 24 BAYSWATER RD, KINGS CROSS. If an unusual request to satisfy your eccentricity is required, it is best to to call on 02 9357 7700.

There you are. Stuck in a rut of a 9 to 5 job, stressed, bored and yearning to let "The Voice" be heard?

Well.. What are you waiting for! Unleash the beast and set it free.
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When: 7 days a week
Where: Sydney CBD
Cost: Varies
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