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Sing Your Heart Out at the Best Karaoke Bars in Melbourne

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There’s nothing quite like karaoke. Whether it’s a planned night out or a spontaneous late-night idea, it’s never disappointing. 

We can’t deny that there’s something about singing along to nostalgic tunes that brings people together. You may not know the people in the room, share a song, and find an instant connection. 

Karaoke might have a reputation for being tacky, but that’s why we love it so much. It’s a carefree and joyful experience, where we can be as lame or as extra as we want, without judgment. Add that experience, with a side of good food and booze, and you’ve got yourself an epic night out.

Here are some of the best karaoke bars in Melbourne, all with something different to offer.

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Ichi Ni Na Na 

Fitzroy
Ichi Ni Na Na is usually best known for its delicious sashimi platters, prawn skewers with salsa verde and yuzu cocktails, but did you know that it’s Brunswick Street venue is also home to two karaoke rooms? You can grab a mic on any of this venue’s three levels (which also includes Village People Hawker Foodhall and Upside Rooftop Bar) and head to either Sing Sing Room on level one, which holds 30 people or the newly opened soundproof Sing Song Den in the basement, which holds 60 guests. Alternatively, you can sing your heart out with 180 of your closest friends on the rooftop, if an epic karaoke party is what you’re looking for. Although epic, these karaoke destinations aren’t spontaneous, given their popularity and layout, booking in advance is required and a minimum spend applies based on the day of the week. 
You can find out more or book here.

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Heroes

Bourke Street, CBD
Heroes is the definition of elevated karaoke. From the team behind Fancy Hank’s, you’ll find smokey skewers served in private rooms with table service across four levels. With four rooms available, for $10 per person for two hours, two rooms hold up to 12 singers, another holds 15 and the one of the lowest level can hold 25. You have the option of booking drink and snack tabs before you arrive, or opening up a tab when you get there, but it’s vital to book in advance. Food and drink options are what you’d expect from these BBQ experts; brisket, wings, natty wine and cocktails with local ingredients. Once in the room, all you have to do is flick the service light to grab the bar staff’s attention—which means you never have to be without a beverage. 

Plus, on the last Sunday of every month they host “curry-oke” at the open-mic lounge on level two. From 6pm, $25 will get you curry, rice and pickles. Add another $20 on that and you get a cocktail on arrival, plus two more drinks. The karaoke is free, and you have an audience. 
You can find out more or book here.

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Holey Moley

Little Bourke Street, CBD
Holey Moley has it all; pop-culture-themed minigolf, colourful cocktails and a private karaoke room. This private room is more spacious than your regular sweaty, cramped karaoke booth, with enough room to create a dance floor to surround your pals as they belt out a tune. Holey Moley’s karaoke room also features two mics—for those duet moments—and a bar nearby, where you can snag a Sugar Candy cocktail, complete with lolly kebab. You might even want to order some stone-baked pizza for delivery if all that singing makes you hungry. The room holds 24 people and charges a flat rate of $100 per hour (for up to three hours). If you can find a large group of friends that all wanna saaaang their night away, it’s a very cost-effective and fun venue for a night out.
Find out more and book here.

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Jankara

Russell Street, CBD
Jankara is very reminiscent of ‘90s karaoke. Think My Best Friend’s Wedding type of vibe, and you’re on the right track. You’re given a number with every one or two drinks purchased, depending on the day, and it’s up to you to seize your moment when your ticket number is called to jump up on the small stage. There’s an extensive list of Japanese beer, whisky and sake on offer, along with a small menu of share plates to match. There is no booking policy or any need to book. This is very much an in-the-moment decision. Opening until 1am most nights and 5am on the weekends, this place really kicks off at the tail end of the evening and it’s a true experience.

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KBox

La Trobe Street, CBD
Kbox is pretty famous on the Melbourne karaoke circuit—and for good reason. Prices and room sizes vary—two hours in a 8-person pod is $38 per person with two drinks included, or for a flat rate of $590 you can get two hours in a 22-person room and $400 credit for the bar. They sell shooters by the half dozen, premixed jugs of spirits and mixers, and deep fried snacks. You can truly get messy at Kbox, and it is the most fun. With colourful party lights, drinks galore, a neverending catalog of songs and total privacy, you can really just let loose with some of your closest friends and sing it out. Kbox is super popular, so we’d recommend booking in advance. You can do that here.

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The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 

Windsor

The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâté and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.

Photo: @nicos.melbourne

Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano

Fitzroy

Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli

Malvern

Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta

Carnegie

The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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