Bolton & Greater Manchester Open Mic Nights — The Top 10

Bolton is a brilliant town in Greater Manchester that has a lively thriving music scene. Whether it’s live music or open mic nights, there is something to satisfy every music taste. If you’re looking for somewhere to practice your live performances, these Bolton open mic nights are definitely the place to be.

Best Open Mic Nights in Bolton

So, if you are looking to perform at an open mic in Bolton, we have found the very best nights for you to enjoy and sing your heart out at. For more open mic nights in Manchester, see Manchester Open Mic Nights. Read on for the best places to attend an open mic night in Bolton, in no particular order.

#1 Man n’ Scythe: Cider ‘ouse Jam Nite

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Man n’ Scythe is proudly Bolton’s oldest pub, being the fourth oldest in England! They serve a wide range of ciders, ales and awesome live music. The Cider ‘ouse Jam Nite calls Man n’ Scythe it’s home twice a month and it’s been very popular for many years.

This jam night is one of the most unique and lively ones you may have ever come across, a place where absolutely anything goes! A huge variety of musicians and styles descend on this notoriously haunted pub twice a month. It’s a great place to not only showcase your talent but meet many other like-minded musicians, you might even learn a thing or two.

The atmosphere is always fantastic and very laidback, the crowd and musicians are incredibly eccentric, really letting their creativity take over! Acoustic guitars, mics, amps and a full PA system are all provided, you just need to bring your lovely self. You are also kindly asked to leave your ego at the door please…

Venue location:     Man n’ Scythe – 6-8 Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1HL
Phone number:   01204 559060
Open Mic Night:   First and third Wednesday of every month 7-10:30pm
Want to perform?   Message the specific jam night Facebook page to book a slot

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#2 The Cave: Open Mic Night

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The Cave is a sophisticated wine a cocktail bar in Bolton that loves to put on live music events! Dan Lever hosts the weekly open mic night, a local musician who is a member of a three-piece blues band called Two Hats. The Two Hats also play at the venue monthly too!

The Cave’s open mic night has been running for over a year and a half and has proven to be very popular. A PA system and mics are provided, you can bring your own instruments or borrow from other friendly musicians on the night!

This open mic varies from week to week but one thing that remains the same is the loyal and talented following that come to the night every single week. Most performers are acoustic singer-songwriters but piano, trumpet, harmonica and double bass players are also regulars. The night sees a mix of people who have been performing for years and those who are performing live for the very first time.

The evening is very chilled with a brilliant atmosphere. By the end of the night, the musicians tend to get together and have a little jamming session, it really is such a friendly environment! You will perform on a small stage in front of an attentive audience and it’s the perfect place to have fun and perform live.

Venue location:     The Cave – Unit V14, Market Place, Bolton, BL1 2AL
Phone number:   01204 361100
Open Mic Night:   Every Sunday from 7:30pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up early on the night and speak to Dan

#3 Chetham Arms: Open Mic Night

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Chetham Arms is a hugely popular local pub that serves up amazing drinks and an even better atmosphere. The pub has only very recently started up an open mic night but it has already become very popular.

A full PA system and mics are provided, you are welcome to bring your own instrument to play but sometimes a house guitar is provided. The set up is very relaxed and intimate, with musicians performing in the main bar area surrounded by the crowd.

This is the perfect night if you are looking for a very chilled out atmosphere. The audience is very attentive and won’t get loud, meaning that your music really will be heard!

Venue location:     Chetham Arms – 83 High Street Chapeltown, Bolton, BL7 0EW
Phone number:   01204 853597
Open Mic Night:   Second Wednesday of every month 8:30pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up early on the night to book your slot

#4 Northern Monkey Brew Co: The Buskers Ball

Northern Monkey Brew Co is a new Microbrewery based in Bolton which is the home of this great monthly open mic.

The Buskers Ball is a series of fantastic open mic events in pubs in and around the Bolton area. You can stay up to date of where the next event is on their Facebook page. The nights are run by Alec Martin, a British Blues award nominee who loves bringing amazing live music events to different pubs and bars.

Alec provides absolutely everything you need to have a brilliant night, from all of the equipment to a smashing atmosphere and a supportive crowd. His events a notoriously popular and who knows, he could be hosting on at your local next!

Venue location:     Northern Monkey Brew Co – Nelson Square, Bolton, BL1 1JT
Phone number:   07737 125629
Open Mic Night:   Last Sunday of the month from 4pm
Want to perform?   Turn up early on the night to book a slot

#5 The Railway Inn: Open Mic Night

The Railway Inn: Open Mic Night

The Railway Inn really does pride itself on the weekly live music events it offers and it’s certainly the place to be if you are searching for a popular open mic night. They have different special guest hosts every single week which keeps it fresh and exciting.

An acoustic drum kit, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, cajon and 2 mics are all provided, setting you up for a brilliant performance! You are welcome to bring your own instruments too if you would prefer. They proudly call themselves the original and best open mic in town so you definitely should check it out.

The atmosphere at The Railway Inn is always buzzing and is full of so many unique characters, you will truly make some lifelong friends here. Performances vary hugely from one week to the next which is what makes this night so special.

Venue location:     The Railway Inn – 20 Steeley Ln, Chorley, PR6 0RD
Phone number:   01257 671541
Open Mic Night:   Every Tuesday from 8pm
Want to perform?   Let them know on the night

#6 The Park Inn: Open Mic Night

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The Park Inn is a lively local pub that has a large selection of drinks and an even larger selection of live music! Linda Jennings, who was once on The Voice, hosts this open mic night! It’s brilliant to have such a talented and experienced musician host the night and offer advice.

A full PA system, mic and instruments are provided but you are more than welcome to bring your own too. It’s worth going just to see Linda perform as she is just such a talented lady. However, the audience is very supportive of every performer, no matter your ability or genre.

This is an incredibly friendly and welcoming open mic night that really is worth a visit.

Venue location:     The Park Inn – 135, Worsley Rd, Swinton, Manchester, M27 5SP
Phone number:   0161 793 1568
Open Mic Night:   Fortnightly Tuesdays from 8:30pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up early on the night to book your slot

#7 The Oaks: Open Mic Night

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The Oaks is a homely local pub that serves up a brilliant atmosphere and amazing live music events. This monthly open mic is run by local duo Open To Suggestion, i.e. Jonny Shock and Joanne Holt. This talented pair love giving amateur local musicians a stage to perform.

A full PA system, mic and house guitars are all provided. If you are short of a backing track, Jonny and Joanne will be happy to play the song for you if they know how to! The night consists of mostly solo or duos who perform their own originals and covers but really anything goes.

The crowd is incredibly supportive of all performers, old and new! It’s such a friendly atmosphere that you will immediately feel like one of the family.

Venue location:     The Oaks – 39 Bridge St, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9AD
Phone number:   07958531759
Open Mic Night:   Second Sunday of the month 6-9pm
Want to perform?   Let them know on the night

#8 The Bird I’th Hand: Open Mic

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This family-friendly community pub offers brilliant live music events that the locals absolutely love. The pub owners host this awesome weekly open mic night as they absolutely love live music and giving local musicians the chance to perform live.

Everything from a PA system to amps are all provided so you can rest assured that you have everything you need to put on a brilliant live performance. Singers are welcome to perform their original songs and covers in any genre that they prefer. You are likely to get pop, rock and rap all in one night!

The night is always very popular so make sure that you turn up early to reserve your slot!

Venue location:     The Bird I’th Hand – Flixton Rd, Urmston, Manchester, M41 5DN
Phone number:   0161 748 3241
Open Mic Night:   Every Wednesday from 8:30pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up early on the night to book your slot

#9 The Rose & Crown: Open Mic Night

The Rose & Crown Bury Open Mic Night

The Rose & Crown is a fabulous pub with friendly staff and brilliant live music events. This monthly open mic benefits from a different host every time which keeps the night fresh with different crowds coming to enjoy the live music.

A full PA system, amps and mics are all provided, you are encouraged to bring your own instruments if required but backing music is available on the night. All abilities and genres are welcome to perform and the crowd is incredibly attentive and friendly.

Every single performer gets a free drink after their performance as a way of saying thank you for sharing their talents.

Venue location:     The Rose & Crown – 2-6 Cockey Moor Rd, Bury BL8 2HB
Phone number:   0161 761 7523
Open Mic Night:   First Thursday of every month from 8pm
Want to perform?   Everyone is welcome

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#10 Top Spinners: Acoustic Open Mic Night

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This family run village pub is not only the perfect place to enjoy a drink but also see some live music! Linda Jennings from The Voice also hosts this night too which really brings in some amazing local talent.

A full PA system, mics and acoustic guitar are all provided. You can borrow other musicians’ instruments or bring your own. All abilities and genres are more than welcome as the venue is so incredibly friendly, they just want to listen to you perform!

This is the perfect open mic night to test out your live performance abilities for the first time or even if you are a seasoned performer. You will certainly meet other talented musicians and get the chance to hear the opinion of the professional musician, Linda.

Venue location:     Top Spinners – 105 Railway Road, Adlington, PR6 9QX
Phone number:   01257 483023
Open Mic Night:   Fortnightly Thursdays from 8:30pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up early on the night

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The Crown: Open Mic Night

The Crown is a very popular pub that is filled with all kinds of people, the perfect place to perform your music to a varied and unique audience! The weekly open mic night is hosted by the pub itself, with the owners having a huge passion for live performances.

The stage well and truly is yours at this open mic with a full PA system, amps and mics all provided. The local musicians that perform are more than happy to lend you anything if needed and the night really does have a great community feel to it.

Whether you are looking for somewhere to regularly perform your music or it’s your first ever live performance, The Crown is the perfect place to start.

Venue location:     The Crown – 24 Redearth Road, Darwen, BB3 2AB
Phone number:   01254777010
Open Mic Night:   Every Wednesday 8-11pm
Want to perform?   Turn up on the night

Why not? Café-Bar: Open Mic Night

Why not? Is a brilliantly quirky café-bar that hosts a variety of amazing music events, including a weekly open mic night! Hosted by the café-bar itself, this open mic really is created by people that absolutely love and support live music.

A full PA system is provided with performers getting a free drink for singing their heart out. This open mic is incredibly popular and gets full up very quickly. We recommend messaging the Facebook page beforehand to confirm your slot for the night.

Venue location:     Why not? – 29 Leigh Road, Boothstown, M28 1HP
Phone number:   07970944119
Open Mic Night:   Every Thursday 6:30-9:30pm
Want to perform?   Message the Facebook page beforehand to confirm a slot

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Shoulder of Mutton: Head up the Hill Open Mic Night

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Shoulder of Mutton is a brilliant no frills local pub that serves all the pub classics along with some brilliant live music. The monthly open mic night is hosted by Open to Suggestion, a talented local duo who love discovering new talent in the area.

A full PA system, mics and acoustic guitar are all provided. If you need anything else for your performance, you are more than welcome to ask or bring your own equipment. The night is very busy and has ‘legendary’ status in the local area so make sure that you turn up early to book your slot!

Venue location:     Shoulder of Mutton – Lumb Carr Road, Ramsbottom, BL8 4LZ
Phone number:   07967366461
Open Mic Night:   Last Sunday of the month 8-11pm
Want to perform?   Turn up early on the night to book a slot

Now you know about the abundance of open mic nights in and around Bolton, you have no excuse but to go! Which of these are you planning on performing at?

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Thank you so much for mentioning Cider ‘ouse Jam Nite and for putting us at the #1 slot. Genuinely really appreciate the support.


You’re very welcome 🙂

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Best hosts of any open mic or jam
Colin Liptrot, Jonny Shock, Joanne Holt.
Man and Scythe, Shoulder of Mutton, The Oaks, The Irwell Brewery ( noisy but great venue!).