The 11 Best Karaoke Bars in Adelaide

Adelaide is a small coastal city but has its share of fun nightlife
Adelaide is a small coastal city but has its share of fun nightlife | © mauritius images GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
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14 May 2020
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The next time you’re doing a karaoke version of your favourite song and wondering how you got there, remember that singing reduces stress and increases oxytocin and endorphins, the happy hormones. Have fun by boosting your happiness quotient at some of the best karaoke bars in Adelaide.

La Sing

Restaurant, Bar, Australian

Ask any Adelaide local for their favourite karaoke hangout, and they’ll most likely name La Sing. This popular bar with the crazy astrological decor has been helping patrons channel their inner Madonna and Michael Jackson since 2000. Unlike traditional Japanese karaoke venues, La Sing has one stage instead of booths – so you need to be comfortable taking the spotlight in front of strangers. Entrance is free of charge at this long-established spot that has a cult following. It is always filled with regulars, many of whom come here several times a week, to partake of the moderately priced late-night food and drinks and loosen their vocal cords.

The Voice Karaoke Bar

Bar, Australian

This funky venue owned by the Yang brothers (who also own K-illusion Karaoke Bar on Hindley Street) has 17 differently themed karaoke rooms – from Elvis to Hugh Hefner – for hire by the hour. The sibling duo recently renovated this space, to the tune of half a million dollars. Spend a glam night with your crew in this mix of Art Deco and Baroque decor, and find a favourite amongst the 80,000 songs available. A wide selection of drinks is on offer; however, they’re pricey.

Illusion Karaoke Lounge

Bar, Australian, $$$

The first-ever karaoke lounge in Adelaide, K. Illusion prides itself on being one of the largest karaoke spots in the area, with 17 rooms of varying sizes. These are decorated in a distinctive black-and-gold colour scheme, which lends a luxurious feel to any event. Their drinks menu is extensive (and on the expensive side) but offers every liquid libation you could dream of.

Shangri-La

Bar, Australian

This chic venue is well known for its wall art, with two large murals created by local artist Elaine Cheng. The dozens of red Chinese lanterns clustered on the ceiling create a festive mood, and you’ll feel like you’re on holiday. Get a not-so-cheap drink from the beautifully designed bar with its colourful background of shelves containing every potion you could wish for, including all the ingredients needed for custom-made cocktails. Choose from a private room or the public area to show off your singing skills, with a great selection of classics as well as recent hits.

15 Miss Hanoi

Restaurant, Bar, Vietnamese

Channel your inner rock star at Miss Hanoi, a Vietnamese restaurant and karaoke bar, with tables placed all around the stage, while your friends egg you on. When you need to take a breather from the spotlight, savour the reasonably priced cocktails and sample the tasty traditional Vietnamese food served with the friendly service this venue is known for. And if you’re feeling a bit “wallflower-ish” and would rather just watch, you can sit back and enjoy the open mic nights and live bands.

Fed on Semaphore

Pub, Pub Grub

This fully renovated heritage hotel and pub restaurant in the heart of seaside Semaphore is not strictly a karaoke bar, but it does offer karaoke on Thursday nights, as well as free entry to live gigs on the weekend. Management is hands-on and takes pride in offering a great night out. Dishes like burgers, schnitzels and the roast of the day are on offer and competitively priced, and best of all, if you’ve had a bit too much, you can stay over.

Go East Karaoke Bar

Bar, Australian

The light and airy decor at this popular karaoke venue invite guests to pull up a barstool and enjoy the festive vibe, and with their 1 drink/1 song policy, you’ll have time to build up enough Dutch courage to let rip. Choose your go-to song from the collection of over 200,000 songs. Or settle into the comfy couches on the terrace overlooking the east end parkland – perfect on those balmy Adelaide summer evenings – sip a cold one and let your friends exercise their vocal cords.

Rush Karaoke

Bar, Australian

This understated venue is popular for its great selection of reasonably priced drinks, despite having a relatively small menu on offer. With nine karaoke rooms, each with light-up tambourines, surround sound and plasma screens, you’re guaranteed to have a ripper night out, whether you’re with a small group of friends or a larger party.

iDarts

Bar, Australian, $$$

Karaoke and darts may seem to be an odd combination (possibly even risky), but if you go by the glowing reviews, this unusual combo makes for a fun night out. There are five private karaoke rooms, each with its own host and karaoke machine. The Karaoke Happy Hour from Sundays to Thursdays offers a good deal, for those who need a bit of time to warm up. All in all, this cheerful and colourful venue offers you all the entertainment you need, whether you’re planning a date night or a rowdy gathering of friends.

Somerset Hotel

Pub, Pub Grub, $$$

This suburban venue offers karaoke on Friday nights, where you can make clever use of the smoke machines and lights to wind the crowd around your little Lady Gaga finger. The delicious pub meals offer great value for money, and the sleek and stylish beer garden outside is the perfect spot to cool off after a sweaty gig. The great atmosphere this pub provides means it’s always full of satisfied regulars and impressed newbies.

Mansfield Park Hotel

Hotel Restaurant, Pub, Pub Grub

This family-friendly hotel and pub, not far from the Central Business District and the ports of Adelaide, offers Karaoke afternoons from 2–5pm on the last Sunday of every month. Tuck into a tasty pub meal, scull a few cold ones and have fun with your friends as you take the mic.

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