Love a good sing-along session, but never know where to go on your night out? Ali Dunworth runs down her favourite karaoke Dublin venues, so you can show off your skills in style
Few things can deliver that feel-good factor and belly laughs than singing your heart out to guilty pleasure pop, so it’s no wonder there are more karaoke rooms and singalong nights popping up in Dublin than ever before. Whether you want to warble along to some Celine Dion in a private room or sing along to ABBA with a bunch of strangers, here are some of the best spots to belt out a tune in Dublin...
Ukiyo, 9 Exchequer St, Dublin 2
The classic karaoke night out in Dublin is still a top choice. With a restaurant upstairs, a warren of private karaoke rooms downstairs and now a late-night basement bar too, you can get your Bon Jovi on with a full stomach and then stay all night. They do group package deals which are a no-brainer and take the hassle out of organising.
Sing Along Social, various locations
The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir designed by Aoife McElwain for people who can't sing. Along with her ‘craic mechanics’, they put together playlists of the cheesiest and most fun songs you’ve forgotten you loved and encourage everyone to sing along at the top of their lungs. They run almost monthly sessions in Dublin at MVP and the Sugar Club, they pop-up at festivals and events all around Ireland and are available for private bookings.
Maneki Japanese, Dawson Street
Keep things Japanese and book into Maneki on Dawson Street — a modern Japanese upstairs and fun karaoke rooms downstairs. They serve an extensive sushi menu catering well for vegans and GF so it’s a great choice for a mixed group. Karaoke is greatly encouraged and they even remind us on their website ‘people in Japan are typically very encouraging and supportive. Teasing is not a part of the culture’ — so be nice!
Marrakesh, 121/122 Capel Street, Dublin 1
When dinner and singing are what’s called for, head to Marrakesh on Capel Street. Fill up on their tasty Moroccan menu (perfect for sharing), with lots of aubergine, merguez and tagines and set menus and Mezza options for bigger groups. Then settle in to one of their karaoke rooms and sing to away to your heart's content... or until your time runs out. Don’t forget to book; these are very busy on the weekends.
Wigwam, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1
A buzzy rum emporium and Brazilian kitchen with karaoke? Sounds like a recipe for a raucous night out. There’s only one karaoke room here, catering for groups of between 4 and 20 people, so make sure you get the booking in early. They do group bookings, platters and drinks deals and the bottomless brunch on weekends that might just get you in the mood for a warble.
The Workman's Karaoke Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Every Sunday at The Workman’s Club, guilty pleasure fans congregate for a wonderful duo of karaoke in the main rooms and DJs playing the guiltiest of the 80’s, 90's and 00's upstairs. This is a proper karaoke where you’ll get up and sing in front of whoever is there. Don't be shy, it’s mostly great fun for the good and the bad singers. Just relax into it and have fun.
Featured image: Wigwam via Facebook
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