Karaoke in Victoria isn’t just popular in establishments dedicated to this particular form of entertainment. Aside from bars with regular karaoke, there are also other venues that provide weekly or monthly karaoke nights as part of their entertainment offering. For those truly eager karaoke singers, there are also at-home versions that allow you to indulge yourself at parties or on your own.
Although it is now considered a word in its own right, “karaoke” is actually made from two shortened Japanese words: kara (from “karappo”, meaning “empty”) and Oke (from “okesutura”, meaning “orchestra”). The popular theory is that karaoke started in a snack bar in Kobe City, when a guitarist could not perform as scheduled, due to illness. In order to keep his patrons happy, the bar owner made tapes of instrumentals, and had the singers perform with them. Since then, karaoke has spread all over Japan and eventually all over the world, including Victoria.
Some of Victoria’s popular venues offering karaoke include:
• The Irish Times
• The Sticky Wicket
• Upper Deck Lounge
If the social scene isn’t for you, but you still like singing karaoke, then there is always the option of buying an at-home karaoke system, so that you can sing to your heart’s content without having to be in front of an audience. No matter how it’s done, the popularity of karaoke in Victoria shows no signs of slowing down, and for good reason: it gives people a fun way to blow off some steam at the end of a long day.