The Wanderer: Soundbox Karaoke

This is a segment that you will hopefully see every now and then on this blog. The idea is as it sounds: document and dissect any interesting places to visit (or alternatively, awful places to avoid). This includes local haunts in my town or any place that I decide to voyage to next. 


Fun things in Canberra can be hard to find. Many are swarming with tourists, and Canberra in general can be a sleepy little place. But every now and then, you stumble across a little haven of fun. The first installment of this segment of my blog features Soundbox Karaoke, in Dickson. In the midst of Canberra’s humble Chinatown, hidden in the corner of a restaurant-embellished alleyway nests the small business of Soundbox Karaoke. Open from midday into the wee hours of the morning, this little venue provides hours of hysteria. It is the only place in Canberra (as far as I know) where you can sing your heart out in a private room with friends, which I’m sure we’ll all agree is a far more dignified method than performing Highway to Hell for a bunch of strangers in a dingy Civic pub. The songs on offer are amazingly varied, with 50,000 choices all up. Considering Soundbox Karaoke is in the heart of Chinatown, it is the only logical for it to provide countless Asian songs, including Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean. There are also hordes of classic Western pop anthems, anything from shameful 80’s memories to today’s Lady Gagas and Beyonces. And of course, those indulgent  one-hit-wonders. There is certainly something to satisfy everyone’s cheesy pop cravings! Soundbox Karaoke is perfect for any celebration, or simply just for the sake of it.

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