Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Warm Up Your Vocal Cords, Mackay

As Mackay’s nightlife continues to grow and diversify, punters now have the opportunity to pick up a microphone and belt out a tune after the opening of Hibiki Bar and Karaoke last Friday.

Located on Gregory Street, Hibiki Bar and Karaoke is the product of over two years of hard work from five business partners including local entrepreneur Bing Guo.

“We all like karaoke,” Mr Guo said.

“In my hometown in Japan, in China, we all like karaoke.

“Normally when we go to the Gold Coast (where some business partners live) after dinner, we go sing karaoke.

“We want to bring something new to Mackay because Mackay is like our second home.

“We’ve lived here long, that’s why we want to bring something new to the Mackay community.”

The five business partners own a range of local businesses between them, including restaurants, sushi bars, massage parlours and bubble tea cafes.

The new venture consists of a main bar and dance floor, five private karaoke rooms, some housing up to 20 patrons, and a private whiskey room.

With neon lights and futuristic décor, visitors will feel as if they’ve been transported to the brightly lit streets of Tokyo upon walking in.

Mr Guo said Hibiki will have something for everyone, with karaoke in the main space until 9:00pm before the DJ takes over, turning the room into a nightclub until the early hours of the morning.

He also plans on holding family events on Sundays in the near future.

Hibiki is open Thursdays from 5:00pm until 1:00am and Fridays and Saturdays 5:00pm to 3:00am.

John Wang, Leon Di and Bing Guo: three of the five business partners bringing karaoke to Mackay

Mayor Greg Williamson belted out a tune at the grand opening of Hibiki Bar and Karaoke last Friday. Photo credit: Sam Gillespie

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