Think karaoke, think Lucky Voice. Islington’s bar lives up to the chain’s reputation with its set-up finely tuned for a fun night out.
Based on Upper Street and less than ten minutes’ walk from Highbury & Islington tube, Lucky Voice Islington is as popular as its Soho sister. The window-fronted bar opens out into a colourful space of oranges, pinks and black, with plenty of sofas and seating to allow you to settle in for the night before or after your sing-off.
Even with seven private karaoke rooms, this place can get booked up throughout the week, so be sure to plan ahead if you want to try it out; the rooms can be reserved for a minimum of two hours at a time and are well worth the cost if you can split the hourly rates between a big group of you. Each room is as colourful as the bar and contains fancy dress gear, low lighting and a mirror ball to get you in the mood – and it works a treat. Rooms are also circled with seating so you can sit back and watch as your friends belt out a ballad or banish nerves with a drink from the sidelines.
Given the nature of karaoke, it’s fair to say everyone is on a high at Lucky Voice – you won’t see any sad faces or pretentious groups here because everyone is out to have a good time. Even those who prefer to keep their non-pitch-perfect voice to themselves won’t be able to stay quiet for long, as the private rooms generally turn to mayhem with everyone joining in. It may not be the focus of your night, but you’re bound to want to stick around in the bar for a debrief of your night over a few more cocktails too, thanks to its inviting vibe and cosy seating – plus on Friday and Saturday nights the later opening hours can create quite the party atmosphere.
The karaoke machine in each room is impressive - a huge catalogue of tunes is held in the touch screen computer, making it a crowd-pleaser that’s foolproof to use. There’s little you won’t find on there that keeps everyone’s vocal chords happy. You can pick as you go, or for a more efficient use of the time, queue up a playlist of songs to make sure everyone’s got something to sing. Meanwhile, in the bar, the soundtrack is a mix of classics and chart tracks so you can continue to sing along to those well known words, should you wish.
Lucky Voice Islington knows its audience and provides perfect sharer food for its groups of happy punters. Pizza always goes down well and there are four delicious ones on offer at just £7.50 each, complete with dipping sauces. However, if you just want a little something to go with your drink there are nibbles for just £2.50, such as mixed nuts, jumbo pretzels and various hand cooked crisps.
A clever ‘Thirsty’ button sits in each karaoke room and whenever you press it a member of bar staff will arrive to your room to collect your drinks order – you may have to wait a little while, but it’s worth it if you don’t want to miss out on any fun during your booked sing session. Service does come at a price, however, so if you can nip out to the bar, you’ll avoid the service charge at the end of the night.
The drinks themselves are worth every penny, however; a humorously written and extensive menu offers ten quirky cocktails, a few signatures and of course the well-loved classics. There’s surprisingly plenty of choice when it comes to wine, too, which starts at just £3.50 a glass, while beers and cider are available including Asahi, Tiger, Heineken and Asahi Draught starting from £2. If there are enough of you in your singing group, spirits by the bottle might be a good way to stay on a budget, with prices starting at £100 for a bottle of Bacardi.
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Perfectly in tune with its clientele and with friendly service to boot, you’d be hard pressed not to have a great night out at this bar, which is becoming a karaoke classic of its own.