With a 3am license, private karaoke booths, and a sizeable saké menu, a night at Goro’s can go from zero to 100 rather quickly. Opened in 2014 by the Solotel group (ARIA, Chiswick, Quay Bar, The Clock Hotel), the izakaya-style bar is the place to make like a hard-working salaryman.
The karaoke booths can be booked for groups of up to 20, making it the perfect place to serenade your co-workers. If you’d rather avoid the awkward conversation the next morning, there’s a pool table and arcade games to enjoy between snacks.
The food menu is short, sweet and salty – the perfect afterthought to a cold beer. Revel in an endless stream of yakitori: skewered chicken, grilled over charcoal and best eaten with your hands.
For something more substantial, try the East-meets-West Teriyaki Beef Burger with cheese, bacon, kewpie, pickles, lettuce and shoestring fries. And if you’re still going past midnight, there are a small handful of snacks such as edamame and gyoza.
The cocktail menu tends towards the lighter side of things: vodka, gin and saké paired with the likes of umeshu, ginger, and cucumber.
There are a few Japanese beers and Australian wines, but it’s the saké list that deserves your attention. It offers everything from karakuchi (smooth, crisp and dry) to umeshu (perfect for dessert).