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 months 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.)
Sully's Pub, 2071 Park Street, Hartford CT 10:00pm - 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
2 songs or 10 minutes. 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 Free Spirit Cafe, 341 Kelly Road, Vernon (Rockville) CT 8:45pm - 11:45pm
Bands welcome. Full drum kit. PA. 860-644-9637
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: email@example.com 860-487-9785. 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 Country Tavern, 704 Long Hill Road, Guilford CT 7:30pm - ???pm
203-453-9205 More info needed.
Donahue's Madison Beach Grill, 1320 Boston Post Road, Madison CT 8:30pm - 12:30am
203-318-8362 More info needed.
The Main Pub, 306 Main Street, Manchester CT 9:00pm - 1:00am
"PJ Project Open Mic is a chance for any acoustic or electric performer to experience the stage and sound of the Main Pub. Provided instruments include a full drum kit, keyboard, two guitar amps, bass amp, and acoustic guitar. Music begins at 9:30 every Wednesday, with weekly beer specials and food served until midnight."
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
The Maple Tree Cafe, 781 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT 8:30pm - ???
860-651-1297 More info needed.
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
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
Peaberry's Cafe, 712 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Dave Smith is the host. Signup sheet at 6:00pm. 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
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.)
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, RT44, Norfolk CT 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Andy Attanasio is the host and a performer. Signup sheet goes out at 7:00pm. 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." 860-542-5531
Joey C's Boathouse, 955 Ferry Blvd Stratford, CT 8:30pm-11:30pm
Open mic with The Total Hacks. 203-870-4838 More info needed.
Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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 7:30pm - 10:00pm
860-828-9797 More info needed.
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
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.
The Windsor Recovery Club, 118 Palisado Ave, Windsor CT 7:00pm - 11:00pm
1st and 3rd Saturdays. 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
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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