Just like the rest of Asia, Malaysians are in love with karaoke. Karaoke lounges and nightclubs are all over Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, with more popping up every month. Every time I go to KL and head out for a night of karaoke with friends, we end up at another new karaoke lounge. Even with all these new karaoke places though, there are some that will always be the best.
Red Box – The first karaoke lounge I went to in Kuala Lumpur, Red Box is still my favorite. Set up as a place that caters to families more than anyone else, it’s more low-key than some of the ritzy places. Where Red Box has become very popular though, is its emphasis on food as much as on the music.
With a huge menu of appetizers, main courses and desserts (try the strawberry shortbread, it’s delicious), you can get a great meal at Red Box for a cheap price, plus enjoy one of the most high-tech karaoke rooms in Kuala Lumpur. If you’re there late, (after 12:30am) they even have a free supper buffet, where you can eat to your heart’s content. Red Box has 12 branches with more opening every few months. My favorite branch is the Red Box Low Yat in the Bukit Bintang area of Kuala Lumpur.
Neway – Neway Karaoke is the most popular, and some would say best, karaoke lounge in Kuala Lumpur. Set up by a company from Hong Kong, they’re particularly popular at lunch time with business groups, as you can order food and get free karaoke for up to three hours. There are seven branches of Neway in KL at the moment, but the most popular is still the branch at Berjaya Times Square, the first one that opened in KL. It’s enormous with 64 karaoke rooms, and usually has specials for Ladies Night and packages that include several hours of karaoke plus alcohol.
Neway is more popular with young people than with families and, to me, the atmosphere is a bit rowdy. You can still have a fun day or night out here though and, if you get one of the packages, it’s a reasonable cost for fun entertainment.
Club de Vegas – A more upscale, sophisticated and adult karaoke lounge is Club de Vegas on Jalan Imbi. Set up as a true Vegas-style venue, Club de Vegas is a maze of plush carpets, marble and wood that makes you feel like you’re in the famous American city. Much more expensive than other Kuala Lumpur karaoke lounges, (some of their packages are over $1,000 for food, high-end booze and karaoke), Club de Vegas is more a place for wealthy businessmen who want to impress clients or for a party of friends celebrating an extremely special occasion. Service is excellent and karaoke rooms are superb so, even though expensive, you can’t deny it is one of the best karaoke lounges in KL.
These are just three of the best karaoke lounges in Kuala Lumpur. Also check out E-Box Karaoke, Nihonkan Club and Galaxy Disco (where you can dance to cheezy music too).
Club de Vegas