Earlier this year, Korean-Chinese restaurant Diana opened up shop at the old Billy Kwong haunt — now, it’s hosting karaoke.
From 9:30 pm every Friday and Saturday night, Diana transforms to a karaoke bar. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill karaoke, where you’re confined to a safe space with your closest, most trusted confidants. No, this is the big bollocks of singing in public. If you’re game enough to attempt to croon your way through Patsy Cline’s ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’ you’ll have to do so in front of the watchful eye of strangers.
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Make no mistake, the food at Diana is absolutely gorgeous. This isn’t the kind of institution where you’ll need to sacrifice taste for unhinged ambience (no shade to the beloved joints that offer a drag show with a side of… shrimp cocktails.) Diana is the real deal, think piping hot, plush pork buns, duck pancakes, Korean fried chicken, and Singapore-style mud crab.
By time Friday comes around we’re all desperate to shed the stench of a week’s corporate hell. There’s no better way to free yourself from your inhibitions than to wrangle a few of your nearest and dearest together and truly, profoundly embarrass yourself.
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I don’t know about you but I have secret fantasies of experiencing whatever it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt tapped in to during that performance of Pixies ‘Here Comes Your Man’ in 500 Days of Summer. To feel that drunken, pathetic, freedom.