Five of the best karaoke spots in Dubai
Sometimes singing in the shower is not enough. We’ve rounded up the top five karaoke venues in Dubai for unleashing your inner popstar.
The lowdown: Get your crew together and make like Adele or Ed Sheeran as you belt out classic and modern jams on stage at fun dive bar Ten Street in JBR. This is the karaoke bar experience you know from movies and TV – instead of a private booth, party lovers have to step up on the stage for a daily open-mic night. On the plus side, it’s free, if you’re brave enough to sing your heart out in public. You’d better be very confident in your song choice…
Best for: Karaoke lovers on a shoestring budget who want a casual night out and don’t suffer from stage fright.
The Walk, JBR, Dubai, Sun to Thur 5pm to 2am, Fri and Sat noon to 2am, free. Tel: (04) 3998993. Taxi: The Walk JBR. tenstreet.me
Where: Al Habtoor City
The lowdown: Undoubtedly the fanciest karaoke spot on our list, Blind Dragon is a Hollywood import, and its cool, Asia-inspired bar is exactly the sort of place you can imagine celebs slinking in and out of. The private karaoke rooms are sleek and stylish, with iPad menus and big-screen TVs, and there’s even bottle service to your room.
Best for: A special occasion. Blind Dragon is pricier than the other karaoke venues listed here, but it’s a stunning venue and worth it for a big party.
The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, Business Bay, Dubai, Tue to Sat 5pm to 2am, Dhs1,500 minimum spend.Tel: (04) 4370033. Taxi: Al Habtoor City. facebook.com/blinddragondxb
Kung Korean Restaurant & Karaoke
Where: Barsha Heights
The lowdown: If you love karaoke, then this Korean bar and restaurant is probably already on your speed dial. Located in the Byblos Hotel, it’s famous for its maze of private karaoke booths, fully kitted out with plastic menus, mics and TVs – the karaoke system even rates you out of 100 for your performance. Order some mandu (Korean dumplings) to the room, and let rip. Be sure to book ahead, as the place fills up on weekends.
Best for: Hardcore karaoke fans; Kung’s is not a destination that you visit for anything other than singing your heart out.
Byblos Hotel Dubai, Barsha Heights, Dubai, daily 9am to 2am, Dhs110 per hour. Tel: (04) 488000. Metro: Dubai Internet City. bybloshoteldubai.com
The lowdown: This New York-inspired bar has been a go-to spot in JBR for some time, but the addition of a karaoke night makes it that much more appealing. Specifically, hip hop karaoke night. Every Friday, guests are invited to channel their inner Missy Elliot or Snoop Dogg (can you tell that our knowledge of the current charts is a bit sparse?) and rap to the beat. If you’re not confident enough, you can always enjoy the vibe and the music.
Best for: Those feeling confident enough to sing in front of others, or anyone hoping for their ‘Eminem in 8 Mile’ moment.
JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, Fri 6pm to 1am, free. Tel: (050) 3456067. Metro: JLT. jaresortshotels.com
Where: Barsha Heights
The lowdown: There’s lots to love about this Barsha Heights bar: live music, a daily happy hour, a sweet ladies’ night… oh, and private karaoke pods. There’s a huge list of tracks that you select from an on-screen menu, including pre-made themed playlists (such as ’80s and ’90s) so you don’t even have to stress out about choosing the right song.
Best for: Groups of friends with varying degrees of karaoke love. Lucky Voice is a fun destination in its own right, so you can easily hang out at the bar while the singers in the group enjoy the pods.
Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, daily 4pm to 3am, Dhs50 per hour for the first two hours, then Dhs30 per hour. Tel: (04) 5146687. Metro: Dubai Internet City. luckyvoice.ae