Party World KTV
- < $20
- < $50
One of the largest chain karaoke in Singapore with more than 300 karaoke rooms and 100,000 registered members. Outlets are located at Orchard International Building, Liang Court, Clementi, Vivocity, Yishun North Point, Yishun Safra, Woodlands Civic Centre, The Verge and NEX Serangoon.
For approximately $30, you do get a free or two and crackers. But the song base. Oh dear. This is where the English-song-goers mourn. It's has a list of typical mainstream songs, but newer songs, and more indie bands alike are pretty much left out. :'( You do get to sing Pink's 'Just Give Me A Reason', though I'm not so sure about 'Try'. *sighs*
On the brighter side, they do have a wider expanse of Chinese songs, and boasts really old classics as well as newer k-belt-outs. So yup! Give and take. You can't ask for all!
From the get-go, I felt rather uncomfortable even at the front reception, because the entire set up looked like was the interior decor of a 1980s strip club. I even felt half-paranoid at the possibility of being accosted by some drunk guy whilst walking down the rows of private rooms, because the entire atmosphere of the place gave me the creeps.
The interior of the room was very dark and very cold, which only added to the claustrophobic feeling of the room. I was slightly dubious of the bowls of free snacks and drinks offered on the table as I was doubtful (and probably still am) of the sanitary measures taken in such establishments. My nick-pickiness aside, the song selection was extensive but rather outdated and my friend and I were reduced to singing along to nursery rhymes and twinkle twinkle little star because we didn't know 80% of the songs on the machine. Whether this out-datedness was caused by our own obiang-ness at pop-culture or because the machine was still playing Beyonce songs from the 1999, we will probably never know.
All in all, I would personally give karaoke-ing at Party World a miss. After all, you'd probably be better off just gathering a bunch of friends in front of a laptop and loading some songs on Youtube before yodelling to your heart's content, all without having to pay for a single dime.
Secondly, the service was not really up to my expectation. I did not even see a single smile at my whole stay there. Hmm, too dark?
Also, the price was a little too high for students like us as we spent about $20 each. However, it was the rate for night rooms, so it might be pricier then.
Other than that, I was a little fascinated by the room's design and lights because it looked like a disco room and we were really in the mood! Party World would definitely not be in my list to visit for a KTV unless if I'm left with no other choices.
If you want wide selection of updated songs, Party World is the place and its rooms are mostly bigger than its competitors. The touch screen control is also easy to use. The decorations are a little more nightclub feel.
However depending on the timing you booked, the service staff may come across quite impatient and would not respond as quickly.
Our drinks and snacks were served by a male staff, who had this very angry facial expression. His facial expression was as if we owed him a lot of money. After he brought in the snacks, he brought in the bill too (which was unusual as we normally pay after we finish singing), and expected us to pay on the spot. That seemed reasonable as we assumed there was a change of policies. The thing we were unhappy about, however, was the staff member's attitude. Furthermore, he wasn't a teenager (who usually show bad attitudes), but a middle-aged man.
Some songs were also not added to the machine, like newer songs (which other karaoke outlets have already introduced). Even the oldies were not there in their system.
If you are with a big group of friends, I suggest going to the nearby CC (Not sure what it's called), where there's a karaoke there that charges around $25 (good value for 3 people or more) for a room, including snacks and a huge jug of beverage.
Food is always the best accompanient for a good singing session and smuggling food (yes I'm guilty) has always been one of the biggest obstacles in getting past these big entertainment scenes, oh well as they said you cant always have the best of both worlds. The branch I went to has decent food and drinks, the honey lemon tea I had was sickeningly sweet I couldnt finish it after 1/4 of it. The food was good though, it was fresh and tidbits were crunchy to the point that you could hear me munching on it. In addition the songs were pretty funky and up to date to my own preferences, double thumbs up!
Seats were absolutely comfy and the addition of the OSIM foot massage made the entire karaoke experience wonderful. Imagine sitting back on sofa clad seats with both of your feet stuck in the foot massage machine enjoying a massage while singing. It's heaven and KTV Partyworld is good at capturing my heart for this.
The price is no doubt a tad higher but hey the foot massage makes everything worth it if you used it for the entire time you were there like I did. As luck would have had it, I was able to enjoy my KFC set meal in the KTV room itself. Great air conditioner, good seats, awesome foot massage and songs that were up to date, what's there not to love?
There were 3 of us and I never thought they would give us such a big room. Well, probably it was during the non-peak period so we were given a better room. The room had very up to date technology such as the LCD TV and the touch screen monitor! The sound system was loud and clear as well! I really had no complaints.
I had no problems with song choices as there is a limited list of songs that I actually know and these songs are usually the more popular ones. I'm just happy that they have the kpop songs I wanted. Also, one thing good about Party World KTV at that time is that there was no timer installed. This means the karaoke session may end in 3 hours but you can come out at your own time and target. I know at other outlets, once the time is up, the karaoke session will end and the system will stop playing the songs. I'm not sure if they have already changed the system now.
Overall, I would rate Party World KTV in between Teo Heng and Kbox in terms of price! Karaoke is all about singing and having fun, so I wouldn't care much about the quality and environment, so I would prefer Teo Heng over Party World KTV and Kbox!
The price is rather reasonable if you are a student, which is around $13 for 3 hours and there is a free drink included. The room is not too small and there are special lighting effects to suit the mood of the song.