A guide to Open Mic Nights in BristolPosted on: 29 Aug 2019
“You’ve got to start somewhere.” “Get yourself out there.” “Make your own luck.”
Budding entertainers hear these words a lot, no doubt. Yet as cliché as they sound, this advice isn't mislead.
But how can would-be musicians, singers and comedians make their own luck? Open mic nights are a good place to start, and even better, Bristol is teeming with them.
From Gloucester Road to St George's, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite open mic nights in the city.
So, calling all budding comics, aspiring singer-songwriters and jam groups: pick a venue and get ready for the sign-up sheet race. Good luck! You can also aind a full list of Bristol’s open mic nights below.
It’s a no-brainer: Stoke Croft’s LeftBank hosts one of the most popular open mic nights in the city every Wednesday, 19:00 to 01:00. Welcoming entertainers from all genres, LeftBank’s sign-up sheet goes live at 20:00.
Those brave enough to perform get a free drink, too! The venue has a PA system and some house instruments, but if you can, bring your own.
This Next Act
The Kingsdown Vaults | Every Sunday
This one is very in-keeping with the times. This Next Act is an open mic, new material night taking place every Sunday, 20:00 to 22:00. But it’s also a podcast!
Bringing together seasoned comedians and new faces, This Next Act is recorded each week to be released as a podcast. So, why not have a listen before you commit a Sunday evening?
Word of Mouth
The Lion | Every Tuesday
This is a new one. Started in July 2019, Word of Mouth brings together local musicians in BS5 for candle-lit performances and pizza. Head down from 19:30, every Tuesday.
Another Bristol favourite: every Monday, visit The Gallimaufry on Gloucester Road for their long-established open mic night. Like with all good open mic nights, performers receive a free drink. Sign-up is open from 20:00.
The Blue Lagoon
Want to prove you actually had the guts to give it a go? Every Tuesday, The Blue Lagoon’s open mic night ensures every performer gets a video of their performance. Get down early for a spot on the line-up. It kicks off at 21:30.
The Gin Jam
Mr Wolf’s | Every Wednesday
Wednesday’s just got funky: Mr Wolf’s weekly open mic and jam night kicks off at 20:30. Go for a Pinkster Gin cocktail and jam session, stay for their late-night DJs. According to the Facebook page, all those who sign up before 21:00 get free noodles!
LeftBank (pictured above) is just one of many places to experience an open mic night in Bristol.
Bristol's Open Mic Nights: The Guide
Dirty Doves | Star and Dove (Weekly) *
Open Season | Stag and Hounds (Weekly) *
Presence Unplugged | The Miners Arms (Weekly) *
Jeli Records | The Bristol Fringe (Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday) *
Tilt | The Windmill (Weekly) *
Comedy | The Robin Hood (Monthly) *
The Rising Sun Open Mic (Weekly)
Funny Women | Alchemy (Every 3rd Wednesday) *
The Vittoria (Weekly) *
The Grain Barge (Weekly) *
How Lazy Is He? | Lazy Dog (Weekly) *
Open Stage Comedy Nights | The Bristol Fringe (Monthly) *
The Rope Walk (Weekly) *
The Oxford in Tottterdown *
The Cider Press (Weekly) *
Arts House Café (Fortnightly) *