If you’re a Sydneysider with a love for karaoke (while drunk or sober), there’s no doubt you’ve been to the iconic Ding Dong Dang Karaoke in Surry Hills.
Unfortunately, the iconic establishment joins the long list of bars and clubs affected by the economic pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, closing its doors for good.
The shiny neon sign on Randle Street that we’ve passed countless times has been removed, simply discarded on the sidewalk like a piece of trash.
This was yesterday, I had no idea until I walked past pic.twitter.com/735dHxscPG
— Kit Mochan (@kitternet) August 31, 2020
Sydneysiders have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the iconic venue, with some reminiscing on the time they annihilated Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ with tears running down their face.
Some Ding Dong Dang memories:
* annihilating Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ in a room with mates and strangers and a random girl telling me: “I was quite attracted to you until I heard you sing that!” 😂 🎤
— Jake Watt (@JakeChatty) August 31, 2020
Sydney's Ding Dong Dang karaoke bar has closed.
A favourite memory is singing Limp Bizkit's 'Break Stuff' to the in-house softcore pornography visuals while my gurning friends threw full wine bottles at me.
— wholesome fishing bf (@ZacSupreme) August 31, 2020
I’ve just been informed Sydney institution Ding Dong Dang has closed. Just when I thought 2020 couldn’t get worse 😭
— Benita Kolovos 🐯 (@benitakolovos) August 30, 2020
We didn’t even get the chance to say a blurry eyed, boozy, wildly out-of-tune goodbye to Ding Dong Dang. Damn damn damn.
— Sam Twyford-Moore (@samtwyfordmoore) August 31, 2020
It’s a dark day for the Sydney nightlife scene, with the end of Ding Dong Dang 🎤🍹
Where will the sports media hoards go after Xmas parties now? Goodbye, you sticky-floored, stained-couched haven of hazy memories 🎶 pic.twitter.com/KHne5D01R6
— Laurie Horesh (@LaurieHoresh) August 31, 2020