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Sing along for a good time

entertainment Updated: May 06, 2011 01:20 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Two years back, Karaoke was an alien word for Delhiites. But over these couple of years, the city is getting into the groove — around 25 to 30 odd pubs and clubs around Delhi and NCR have at least one night dedicated to karaoke. “Many clubs and lounges in Delhi see these nights as fun and entertaining activity for their customers,” says Manish Gunthey, a karaoke jockey. “Places that host karaoke nights are attracting a lot of footfalls. Delhiites too, are embracing this as refreshing change from a regular dance floor,” adds Gunthey.

Further setting the mood of karaoke, three pubs — Bennigans’s, Harry’s and Ice Lounge — are organising a Karaoke Competition in the Capital. Scheduled for May 7, 11 and 13, the competition titled, Delhi Open Karoke will see amateur singers participating in the event. “The idea is to promote the culture of karaoke in Delhi. With growing popularity of such nights, we thought this is the right time to hit the chord,” says Puneet Tayal of Ice Lounge. As Delhi gears up for a karaoke competition this weekend, we bring you six places where you can plan your Karaoke night. Read on to know more.

Ice lounge
Started as an additional feature on Sundays for friends and families, the karaoke nights at Ice Lounge are now shifted to Fridays, after an increase in the number of footfalls. “Seeing the response, we thought why not have it on a day like Friday, when people are looking for an outing,” says Kanav Chadda of Ice Lounge. They play English numbers from old school rock to latest club numbers. The nights are hosted in the regular lounge bar and not inside the Ice bar.
Karaoke Day: Friday
Timing: 8 pm to 1 am
Charges: No cover charges
Address: First Floor, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket
Tel: 7838068537

Cafe bar
This place has two karaoke nights — on Wednesdays and Fridays. While Wednesdays are more of a fusion — Hindi and Punjabi Bollywood numbers with English tracks, Fridays are for English Club numbers. “The response for fusion nights is great. Delhi is crazy when it comes to Bollywood tracks and Punjabi numbers,” says Radhika, Karaoke Jockey at 1 Cafe Bar. The place has a capacity to accommodate 70-80 people
Karaoke Day: Wednesday and Friday
Timing: 8 pm onwards
Charges: Rs 599 per person
Address: GR 01 Ground Floor, Select City Walk, Saket
Tel: 011- 41006956

Manajsa
If you plan to organise your own karaoke night, then this is the right place for you. The club organises its karaoke night every Thursday but if you plan to have one of your own, you can inform them in advance. The karaoke here are more of fusion - Bollywood numbers and English tracks. “It’s very overwhelming to see young people coming in and enjoying these nights. They sing, dance and have fun,” says Mary Singh, the owner of Manajsa.
Karaoke Day: Thursday
Timing: 7pm onwards
Charges: No cover charges
Address: : G 12 Hauz Khas
Tel: 011-40522444

Zook
Soon after a month of its opening in November 2010, Zook introduced Karaoke nights. “There is a great demand for karaoke and people are following these nights religiously,” says Priyank Sukhija, the owner of Zook. The place is famous for its retro and rock numbers. An interesting fact is that there is no dress code. “Its an old-style cafe, we give our customers the liberty to dress up in whatever they feel comfortable in.” Another exciting bit - their happy hours extend till 9.30pm.
Karaoke Day: Sunday
Timing: 8.30 pm to 12 am
Charges: No cover charges
Address: PVR Anupam Complex, No. 3, Saket
Tel: 011- 41057482

Underdoggs
Underdoggs is a new entrant to Karaoke nights pub. This Sunday, they will be hosting their second karaoke night. “We chose Sunday because it’s a day when people are not looking forward for a night-out. We have a karaoke evening, where people can come, relax and have fun,” says Manpreet Saini, Managing Director, Underdoggs. Right now, they are playing English music but in future they will be introducing Hindi numbers. They also have free drinks and gifts for those who take the lead.
Karaoke Day: Sunday
Timing: 8 pm to 1 pm
Charges: No cover charges
Address: F 38, Level 1, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj
Tel: 9818700006

Harry’s
Harry’s Lounge and Bar is Delhi’s first dedicated Karoke lounge and bar. Borrowing from the globally popular karaoke pub culture, Harry’s plan is not only to encourage people to sing along in its main dining area and private lounge, but, also have live singers perform on the karaoke system all the time. This place has theme nights planned for both English and Hindi songs, as well as special nights for popular stars and singers.
Karaoke Day: All days
Timing: 8 pm onwards
Charges: No cover charges
Address: C Block, 3rd Floor, Ansal Plaza.
Tel: 011-46695750