At Wicked Hens Nights, we’re constantly being asked by our clients how they can organise a super unique hen’s celebration that is totally memorable (for all the right reasons) yet simple enough for everyone to get involved – whether it’s the bride’s mother or her teenage cousin.
We’ve organised enough parties in our time to know that the perfect celebration looks different for everyone. But in that time, we’ve also learned that there are a few crowd favourites that are absolutely always a hit. When it comes to hosting a hen’s party in Melbourne, one of our top picks is undoubtedly a night of karaoke.
Whether your hen’s party is a big celebration or an intimate gathering, you really can’t go wrong. We’ve seen ladies get amped about singing a nu-metal anthem, and just as many women excitedly keep it classic with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Duets. No matter which tunes are calling your name, this is the ultimate way to give your best friend the send-off from bachelorette life that she deserves. To help make your job as official hens party-planner a whole lot easier, we’ve even gone ahead to round up the six best karaoke spots to drop the mic across Melbourne. We ensured options for absolutely every taste, so you’re guaranteed to find a winner here. Read on to discover the top five karaoke bars in Melbourne.
Imagine an entire floor dedicated to karaoke – where you can sing and dance the night away. Now times that by three and you get Ichi Ni Nana. This three-storey sprawling venue on Brunswick Street is the absolute mecca of Karaoke for the city. Available to book for groups of five or more, it’s got all the trimmings for a seriously good sing-along session. From red curtains to help unleash your inner performance to a nice strong stage for all your foot stomping and a broad-ranging songbook filled with plenty of belters, you really can’t go wrong!
As well as being a go-to karaoke destination, the venue also hosts an incredible and totally authentic Japanese restaurant. Did someone say Lady Gaga with a side of colourful sashimi platters, yakitori skewers and pan-fried gyoza? It’s a yes from us.
Address – 127 Brunswick Street, Fitztroy
Hereos is a four-level South-East-Asian-inspired bar and barbeque spot. As well as serving up smoking skewers in private rooms with table service, you can also tee-up an epic karaoke session for you and the girls. You have the option of booking one of four rooms, with a maximum capacity of between 12 and 25 in each.
Once you arrive, you can ease into the karaoke mood with a generous spread of winds, brisket and cocktails. All you need to do is flick the service light and the bar staff will come running to take your order. After you’ve made a toast to the woman of the hour and finished off one of your favourite cocktails, the stage is all yours – and we’re expecting big things!
Address – Level 1 – 3, 188 Bourke St, Melbourne
Most people know Holey Moley for it’s 27 pop-culture themed and ultra-colourful mini golf holes. It’s a popular place for people to head when they’re looking for a good night out with a uniquely fun twist. As well as offering the world’s most creative mini-golf course, there’s also the added bonus of a private karaoke room on-site that far fewer people know about.
While it may not be the venue’s signature offering, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be disappointed with your experience. In fact, it’s rather the opposite. This room is big enough for you to bust out a move when you’re belting out your vocals and the option for a second mic really helps you nail the duets. After singing your little hearts out, you can retreat to the bar for a Sugar Caddy cocktail to really complete the sweet, sweet experience.
Address – 590 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Ever seen My Best Friend’s wedding? The open-mic karaoke scene that we all love and know so well comes to life every night of the week at Jankara. Here, you’re given a number with every one or two drinks purchased. Then, it becomes a lotto. The moment your number is called from the stage is your time to shine.
You can take your pick from an extensive range of English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese songs, before you strut your stuff on stage to show everyone what you’re made of. While you’re waiting for your turn, you can spend your time making your way through the long list of Japanese beer, whisky and sake, as well as the small menu of share plates.
Address – 300 Russell Street, Melbourne
If you’ve got a diverse group of ladies coming together for the hen’s party, a great way to break the ice is with a session at Takosan. For the avid karaoke enthusiasts, they’ll be delighted to hear that you can hold up to 35 people in the room and book it out for as long as you like. Once you’re inside, you’re in full control of the tunes that are played through the killer sound system. It’s a combination that can only end one way – with a group singalong.
For those a little more apprehensive about the whole experience, there’s a pretty expansive cocktail menu on offer to help kill the nerves. Some of our personal favourite creative concoctions include the Kill-Billini with bubbles and your choice of sorbet, and The Bride with vodka, passionfruit, lime, apple and egg white.
As maid of honour, sister or best friend, your job isn’t just to organise the hen’s party – it’s to ensure the celebration goes down in history as one to remember. The Wicked Hen’s team is here to help you through every stage of the planning process and we can’t wait to hear from you to get started!