Connecticut Open Mics Updated on
A very selected list. This page does not list every open mic in Connecticut. New ones appear with little advertising, and old ones disappear without warning. Many venues do not advertise their open mic night beyond a sign in the venue.
We don't work on this page often, so it is possible to send us info, and then we'll drop the ball for a few weeks before adding it to the page.
There are two groups on Facebook of interest. One is Open Mics in CT. This group announces weekly open mics, but does not have a list of them to refer to.
The other is Open Mics in New England. This group covers Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire, and it has detailed lists of open mics by state and day of the week.
If you don't mind driving, it is possible to perform at an open mic almost every night of the week.
When in doubt, check venue websites, or other internet directories and maps, for directions, age restrictions, admission fees, etc...
All bars in Connecticut are 21+. Always CALL FIRST if you are driving a long distance.
Karaoke nights are not listed here. We do not consider Karaoke to be an open mic. We also do not list "poetry/spoken word only" open mics.
Many of the listings are incomplete. If you have attended one of these open mics, we would welcome information on the venue, the start/end times of the open mic, any PA equipment available, and the type of music the audience wants to hear. Yeah, we could call all these places ourselves, but we don't feel like it.
Just send an email to questions [at] ctlocalbands [dot] com. Let us know if you'd like a credit for supplying the information.
The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown CT 7:30pm - 10:00pm
"Anything Goes" open mic. Hosted by Brian Schroth or J-Cherry. Multi-channel PA head, several microphones, Baby Grand Piano. "The audience is small, but quiet and attentive." Suggested donation. 860-347-4957
The Hungry Tiger, 120 Charter Oak Street, Manchester CT 9:00pm - 12:00am
Advertised as "blues jam." Different host each week. Check website for schedule. Long, narrow stage across from the bar. Multi-channel P.A. rack near stage. Four 12inch speakers hung from the ceiling. Two floor monitors. Two microphones with stands and cables. (We did not see a direct box.) Loudness is possible here. Sign-up sheet. State name and what instrument you play. (The night we went the host "assembled" bands from the various players signed up. There was a full drum kit, bass amp, and two guitar amps, but we do not know if these belonged to the club, or to individuals.) 860-649-1195 More info needed.
Obriens Pub, 1257 Old Colony Rd, Wallingford CT 8:00pm - 11:00pm
"A small place with a warm sound." Limited PA system. (1 Mic, 1 guitar, 1 bass) Okay to bring your own amp. Hand drums only! More info needed.
(Thanks to DH for the info.)
O'Connor's Public House, 23 East Main Street, Torrington CT 9:00pm - 12:00am
860-618-5520 More info needed.
Sully's Pub, 2071 Park Street, Hartford CT 9:00pm - 1:00am
Acoustic open mic. Sign-up sheet. Two or three songs per performer. Decent sized stage, with lighting. Multi-channel P.A. rack across from the stage. Three 12inch EV speakers with horns mounted off the ceiling. Four 12inch floor monitors. Two 18inch Carvin woofers on the floor. Two microphones with stands, direct box. Sully's is on Park Street in Hartford, one block in from Prospect Ave. There isn't very much parking. Tiki bar outside in nice weather. 860-231-8881
Tuxedo Junction, 2 Ives St, Danbury CT 10:00pm-1:00am
Acoustic or electric open mic, sign up starts at 8:00pm. Peter Gama, a renown keyboard player, is the host. Multichannel PA, stage lighting. Drums, bass amp on stage.
203-748-2561 (Thanks to Joey Vee for this info.)
The Acoustic Cafe, 2926 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport CT 7:30pm - 12:00am
$3.00 cover charge after 9:00pm. Good sized stage with lighting. Multi-channel PA mixer. 12 or 15 inch speakers with horns. 2 powered stage monitors. 2-3 microphones with stands are provided. Direct boxes, cable snake. 203-335-3665 More info needed.
The Cracker Barrel Pub, 30 Main Street, Tarrifville CT 8:30pm -
Facebook Page. 860-651-0598 More info needed.
The Free Spirit Cafe, 341 Kelly Road, Vernon (Rockville) CT 8:45pm - 11:45pm
Bands welcome. Full drum kit. PA. 860-644-9637
McCoy's Pub, 2399 Main Street, Stratford, CT 9:00pm - 12:00am
Tuesday night Open Mic with Total Hacks and Glen Masso "Bring your sticks, instrument, or voice. We’ll provide the PA, monitors, one guitar amp, one bass guitar amp, and a keyboard. You are welcome to bring your own amp. Perform by yourself, with your band, or with some of our talented friends. All kinds of performers are welcome and encouraged to come and share what they do, experience what others do, and have some fun with a receptive crowd." 203-870-8688
O'Connors, 317 Federal Road, Brookfield CT 9:30pm- 12:30am
203-885-0266 More info needed.
Pub 32, 847 Stafford Road, RT 32, Eagleville, Mansfield CT 8:00pm - 12:00am
Hosted by Johnny & Rob. Full PA with mics, a drum set, a guitar amp, and a bass amp. "Looking for solo acoustic or electric, solo acts, bands, poets, and/or comedians."
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 860-487-9785. More info needed.
Backstage, Eat, Drink, Live, 84 Main Street, Torrington CT 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Acoustic open mic hosted by Dave Garcia. 860-489-8900 More info needed.
Black-Eyed Sally's, 350 Asylum Street, Hartford CT 8:30pm - 12:00am
Open Blues jam. Hosts vary. 860-278-RIBS (Info from Hartford Advocate.) More info needed.
The Bulkeley House Saloon, 111 Bank Street, New London CT 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Common Ground Open Mic Night Hosted by Craig Johnson & Mike Rogoff. "Acoustic Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos, Vocalists, Accordions, Violins, Keys, etc. Material: Originals & Covers We'll have a PA with Mics and a Fishman Loudbox DI into PA system. $3 Pints..." 860-444-7753 More info needed.
The Country Tavern, 704 Long Hill Road, Guilford CT 7:30pm - ???pm
203-453-9205 More info needed.
The Crown & Hammer Pub & Restaurant, Depot Street, Collinsville CT 9:00pm -11:30pm
1st Wednesday of the month. Acoustic open mic. Danny Reilert is the host and a performer. Signup sheet at the open mic. 3 songs per performer. Carvin multi-channel PA head. 2 microphones and cables. 860-693-9199
Donahue's Madison Beach Grill, 1320 Boston Post Road, Madison CT 8:30pm - 12:30am
203-318-8362 More info needed.
The Dubliner, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville CT ???pm - ???pm
860-862-5831 More info needed.
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, RT44, Norfolk CT 7:00pm - 10:00pm, except when there's a show upstairs, then it's an 8:00pm start.
Andy Attanasio is the host and a performer. Signup sheet goes out at 6:00pm, or 7:00pm on show nights. 2-3 songs per performer. Multi-channel PA head, 4 12 inch speakers, 1 small monitor speaker, 2 vocal mikes, 1 instrument mike, 1 Bass amp. No drum kits, hand percussion only. Held in the Bistro. You are very close to the audience. From their website: "Big Stage Competition! A select number of artists will be chosen to compete to be an opening act at an Infinity Hall concert." (Italics ours. Contact Infinity Hall about this "Competition," and the selection criteria, as we cannot find the selection criteria on Infinity Hall's website. There are 12 contestants, and their names are announced on Infinity Hall's website, but not all the time. See this: December 2013. We also discovered that Infinity Hall does not put the name of the winner, or the two runner's up, on their website. They put the names on their Facebook like page. "The Big Stage Competition" pre-empts the open mic on a Wednesday night after the 12 week selection cycle. ) 860-542-5531
The Main Pub, 306 Main Street, Manchester CT 9:00pm - 1:00am
Acoustic open mic. WARNING! Host allows pre-signup for a 10 minute time slot through the Facebook page. There is a sign-up sheet at the open mic, but walk-ins often perform at the end of the night because of the Facebook pre-signup. 16 Channel PA Mixer, 4 Yamaha Floor Monitors, 2 JBL Mounted Mains w/ 15 inch speakers, DI Boxes, microphones and stands. The stage is long, and narrow, and faces the bar. There are two large windows behind the stage facing Main Street. 860-647-1551
Oliver Campbell's Bar & Grill, 386 Main Street, Middletown CT 9:00pm - 12:00am
860-349-6400 More info needed.
The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden CT 7:00pm - 11:00pmm
Pay to play $3.00 cover charge. 21+ plus. Acoustic open mic with an "emphasis on Original music." Three songs or 15 minutes per performer. Multi-channel PA, microphones, stands, monitors. Feature act from 9:00pm-9:30pm. 203-288-6400
Two Boots Pizza, 281 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport CT 7:00pm - ???pm
Alternate hosts "Bongo Joe" and Fred & Ethel. Bob D'Aprile runs sound. Multi-channel PA, microphones, stands, monitors. Facebook page. 203-331-1377 More info needed.
69 Sports Lounge, 1074 Wolcott ST, Waterbury CT 9:00pm-12:30am
Gear provided will be three microphones, guitars, a bass, a pa, two amps, and hopefully a drum set. 860-906-7503 More info needed
The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown CT 7:30pm - 10:00pm
First Thursday of the month. Hosted by Bob Gotta. Multi-channel PA head, several microphones, Baby Grand Piano. 860-347-4957
C. J. Sparrow, 908 South Main St, Cheshire CT 9:00pm - 1:00am
Ken Safety is both the host and a performer with his "House Band." There is no sign-up sheet. Talk to Ken, and ask to be considered for a slot, if there is time. (Preference is apparently given to regular performers at this open mic.) 15 minutes per performer. Multi-channel PA mixer. 15 inch speakers. Two microphones with stands and instrument cables provided. Crowd noise varies. Remember this is a bar. There can be a lot of crowd noise. If you need a quiet environment, or have difficulty singing/playing while people are talking loudly in competition with you, avoid this open mic. 203-272-8204
The Cambridge House Brew Pub, 357 Salmon Brook, Granby CT 8:30pm - 12:00am
Dave Costa is the host and a performer. No sign-up list, just talk to Dave. Multi-channel PA, two 15 inch speakers, two microphones/stands, instrument cables. There is a small stage in one corner of the bar room. There's two TV sets above the stage, and they may be on and tuned to sports channels when you're performing. At least the sound will be off. Lots of beer choices, including beers brewed in house. Kitchen closes around 10:00pm. Remember this is a bar. There can be a lot of crowd noise. If you need a quiet environment, or have difficulty singing/playing while people are talking loudly in competition with you, avoid this open mic Facebook page. 860-653-BREW
The Downtown Café, 118 Main Street, Bristol CT 9:00pm - 1:00am
Sign up sheet at the open mic. 10 minutes per performer. Multi-channel PA mixer. Two 15 inch speakers, two 12 inch monitors. Three microphones with stands and instrument cables provided. Performance space is in the front of the bar, in the windows facing the street. Remember this is a bar. There is a lot of crowd noise. If you need a quiet environment, or have difficulty singing/playing while people are talking loudly in competition with you, avoid this open mic. 860-582-6853
Harmony's Pub, 190 Grove Street, Meriden CT 8:00pm - 12:00am
The "FULL TILT ELECTRIC ONE NIGHT STAND OPEN MIC!" Tommy Lourdes is host and a performer. "All styles welcome, and we have drums, PA, bass, electric gtr and keys." 203-465-8640 More info needed.
The Highliner Cafe, 139 Essex RD, Westbrook CT 8:00pm - 12:00am
Hosts alternate. "Every other week hosted by Ed Merola, Skip Swift, and Bill Annino." Electric or Acoustic. "Drums, 1 guitar amp, 1 bass rig, 2-3 microphones". (Thanks to Ed M. for the info.)
Jeremiahs Grille, White Hills Shopping Plaza, 220 Leavenworth Rd, Shelton CT 7:00pm - 11:00pm.
Hosted by A.I.M Productions. More info needed.
Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT 8:00pm - 10:00pm
A coffee house in downtown Bethel. Multi-channel P.A. and microphones provided. There can be a lot of noise from the coffee bar. Crowd noise varies. Sometimes, it's quiet, sometimes, people are talking in competition with you. You are very close to the audience. 203-739-0313 More info needed.
The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin CT 7:00pm - 10:00pm
MySpace page. 860-828-9797 More info needed.
Rival's Bar, Newington CT ??pm - ??pm
More info needed.
Shalom Company Cafe, Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield CT 7:30pm - ???pm
Acoustic music and poetry. (Info from Hartford Advocate.) More info needed.
Sun Valley Resort / Clubhouse Cafe, 51 Old Stafford Road, (off RT190 ) Stafford Springs CT 7:30pm-???pm
Acoustic Open Mic. Hosted by Joe Deer and the Weapons Inspectors. Every 2nd & 4th Thursday night of the month. Sign-up at 7:00. Pop Rock, Country, Folk, & Originals. Clubhouse Cafe has food & drink menu. 860-684-3273.
Waterville Bar & Grill, 790 Waterville Street, Waterbury CT 9:00pm-12:30am
Multi-channel PA head, 4 microphones, 2 15inch speakers. 203-573-9167
Ashford Library's Knowlton Hall, 25 Pompey Hollow Road, RT44, Ashford CT 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pay To Play. $3.00 suggested donation. Third Friday of the month. Sign-up sheet. Ashford Park & Rec. Dept. 860-487-4409 More info needed.
Higher Grounds Coffee House, 70 Main St, East Hampton CT 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Facebook page. Multi-channel PA, microphones. Upright piano. "Generally a pretty big, loud and talkative crowd." (It was very crowded in the Summer.) Three songs per performer. Sign-up sheet. 860-467-6634
The Hope Out Loud Monthly Coffeehouse and Open Mic 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pay To Play. $5.00 donation. Held the last Friday of each month at various locations by the Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Justice. The open mic is from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, and the coffeehouse, with scheduled performers, runs until 10:00pm or so. 860-246-5700
LaSalle Market and Deli, 104 Main St, Collinsville CT 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Acoustic and Electric open mic/open jam. Hosts vary. Warning! Hosts allow pre-signup via phone call. Call in after 1:00pm. Limited walk-in spaces on the sign up sheet. The list can be full at 6:00pm. Two or three songs per performer. Multi-channel PA mixer, two microphones with stands, cables. The performing space is in the front corner of the dining room, right near the windows. You are very close to the audience, and they can be loud and inattentive. We used to say "Family friendly! Watch your language!" but too many "performers" don't care that there might be children in the audience during the first hour or two of the open mic, and sing songs with lyrics that promote drug use, lyrics that are about sex, or lyrics contain violent images. Sometimes, this is more of an overly loud jam session than a true open mic. Pizza, sandwiches and dinners available. Daily specials. 860-693-8010
Perk On Main, 6 Main Street, Durham CT 7:00pm-8:00pm
Acoustic open mic. 1 or 2 songs per performer. PA, microphones, cables available. 860-349-5335 More info needed.
St. Mary's Orthodox Center, 3125 N. Main St, Waterbury CT. 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Held the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Fiddle & Country open mic and Jam. This is held in the annex auditorium. There is a lot of room for players & guests. A PA system is provided with 3 mic's and a monitor. Acoustic is preferred. However you can plug into the PA system (1/4") if needed. Very informal gathering. Normally you get to do 2 songs: 1 in the first hour and 1 in the 2nd. Guests pay $3.00, musicians are free. For more info call Nancy or Jim Brooks 860-274-4630. (Thanks to George Z. for this info.)
Shortie's Pub, 627 Norwich-Salem Turnpike, Oakdale CT 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Twice a month, possibly 2nd and 4th Fridays. 860-859-2111 More info needed.
Vanilla Bean Cafe, RT44 & RT97, Pomfret CT 6:30pm - 9:00pm
First Friday of the month. Featured performer varies. 860-928-1562 More info needed.
Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven CT 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Advertised as a "Jazz Jam." Multi-channel PA mixer. 18 inch speakers. Two stage monitors. Two microphones with stands and instrument cables provided. Remember this is a bar. There is a lot of crowd noise, and a tendency for the PA to be cranked too loud. If you need a quiet environment, or have difficulty singing/playing while people are talking loudly in competition with you, avoid this jam. 203-789-8281 More info needed.
Open Door Club, 138 Thomaston Ave, Waterbury CT ???pm - ???pm
Second Saturday of the month. 203-757-8256 More info needed.
The Windsor Recovery Club, 118 Palisado Ave, Windsor CT 7:00pm - 11:00pm
1st and 3rd Saturdays. More info needed.
Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven CT 9:00pm - 1:00am
Advertised as a "Blues Jam." Multi-channel PA mixer. 18 inch speakers. Two stage monitors. Two microphones with stands and instrument cables provided. Remember this is a bar. There is a lot of crowd noise, and a tendency for the PA to be cranked too loud. If you need a quiet environment, or have difficulty singing/playing while people are talking loudly in competition with you, avoid this jam. 203-789-8281 More info needed.
The Grady Tavern, 622 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester CT 9:30pm - 12:30am
Acoustic open mic. Hosted by Evan Jordan. 860-646-9554 More info needed.
Michel Angelo's Restaurant Pizzeria and Lounge, 256 Main Street, RT 44, New Hartford CT 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Acoustic and Electric open mic/open jam hosted by Coyote Doty. This is often an overly loud jam session. Multi-channel PA mixer, two microphones with stands, cables. The speakers are small, and on the floor. Audience size varies. 860-738-8585
My Place, 8 Queen Street, (Big Y Shopping Plaza) Newtown CT 9:00pm - 12:30am
Acoustic open mic. Sign up sheet. Small four channel PA, two 12inch speakers, two microphones w/ stands, some instrument cables. Small bar. You are very close to the audience, and the front door. 209-270-7061
Sully's Pub, 2071 Park Street, Hartford CT 9:00pm - 1:00am
Advertised as an "Electric open mic." Decent sized stage, with lighting. Multi-channel P.A. rack across from the stage. Three 12inch EV speakers with horns mounted off the ceiling. Four 12inch floor monitors. Two 18inch Carvin woofers on the floor. Two microphones with stands, direct box. Bring your own cables. Loudness is possible here. Sully's is on Park Street in Hartford, one block in from Prospect Ave. There isn't very much parking. Drink specials, TiKi Bar outside in good weather. 860-231-8881
Sweet Basil, 284 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield CT 7:30pm -
More info needed.
Widow Brown's Cafe, 128 Federal Road, Danbury CT 9:00pm - 11:00pm
On RT 202, across the street from Stew Leonard's, near the Brookfield line. 203-743-7021 More info needed.
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