Bournemouth Open Mic Nights The Top 10
With new bars and music venues popping up all over, there’s definitely a buzz about Bournemouth.
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Bournemouth not only possesses a gorgeous coastline and vibrant nightlife, but Bournemouth’s open mic scene is one of the best the South Coast has to offer.
Best Open Mic Nights in Bournemouth
In no particular order, these are a few of the finest open mic venues to visit in Bournemouth.
1. Buffalo Bar – Buffalo Jam Open Mic Night
Recently relocated to Lansdowne, Buffalo Bar is famous for its regular live music events, DJ sets and Jam Sessions, and they’re looking to continue that tradition in a new home.
Their original open mic was one of the longest-running in the town and attracted a colourful assortment of local characters. Click here to see the dedicated photography book which features black and white images from the original venue.
This night is generally an informal, chilled affair with a good mix of experienced musicians, absolute beginners and everyone in between. Rab (of Dead Lettuce fame) is the evening’s host; a jolly, ginger Irishman with a welcoming attitude who’s happy to provide back-up if required.
There’s an acoustic guitar and a 4 track mixer with two microphones available for use, and they see solo guitarists, full bands, stand-up comedians and poets come through the door weekly.
The usual free drink for all performers is on offer.
Venue location: Buffalo Bar – 24-26 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8AD
Phone number: 01202 209773
Open Mic Night: Every Wednesday from 9:30pm
Want to perform? Just let them know on the night.
2. The Larder House – Sshhh! Open Mic
An intimate acoustic open mic night held in the upstairs “library of Liquor”, these relaxed evenings are hosted by local musician Ant Lewis.
He starts the evening with a few songs, and then invites performers from all backgrounds to the stage, with spoken word, poetry and a variety of instruments on display.
Participate or simply enjoy some live music; with a free drink for all performers, a beautiful venue, and a relaxing atmosphere, this night is the brilliant way to wrap up your weekend.
Venue location: The Larder House – 4 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, BH6 3QZ
Phone number: 01202 424687
Open Mic Night: Sundays from 8pm
Want to perform? Secure your slot by messaging their Facebook page or just turn up early.
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3. O’Neill’s – Revolving Doors Open Mic Night
Hosted by Si Genaro who dubs himself a “semi-professional indoor busker” with assistance from Nacho Jase, this weekly affair has garnered a dedicated following and created some very memorable evenings.
The setup is simple, with three mics across the stage, an acoustic guitar available for use, plus an in-house PA and a stage monitor. Nacho is happy to accompany on bass if required.
Jamming is encouraged and all bands and performers are welcome. Acts are allowed 3 tracks, and if you fancy performing, just make sure you arrive early to get your name down on the board, as these nights do get really busy.
Venue location: O’Neill’s – 231 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1JZ
Phone number: 01202 312174
Open Mic Night: Every Tuesday from 8pm
Want to perform? Open to all acts, this is a very popular night with local musicians.
4. Zephyr – ZOM.B Open Mic
Zephyr is a classic rock bar with a difference. Records decorate the walls, the lights are dimmed—this is a venue dedicated for music lovers by music lovers.
There are pool tables, a jukebox, reasonable drink prices and really good music on tap, with ZOM.B (Zephyr Open Mic Bournemouth) being an active and engaging twice-monthly event.
You’ll find all styles of music represented, but expect big guitar sets and a headlining act to get the crowd warmed up.
This is great opportunity to dazzle a receptive audience with your artistic excellence, plus there’s a free beer for all performers.
Venue location: Zephyr – 6a Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
Phone number: None
Open Mic Night: The second Monday of the month from 8pm
Want to perform? Just turn up and join in.
5. The Overcliff – Open Mic Hosted by Absolute Music
A fashionable English pub on the coast with stunning sea views, these nights are hosted by professional musicians who know how to get the most out of an open mic session.
Anyone can show up and have a slot; guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, accordions are all welcome.
The hosts provide microphones and a PA system, so all you need to bring is your instrument and your voice.
Venue location: The Overcliff – 29 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AG
Phone number: 01202 291711
Open Mic Night: Second Sunday of the month from 8pm.
Want to perform? Email Dave for more info.
6. The Owl’s Nest – Stan’s Blues Jam
This is real jam for blues musicians and blues lovers. Bands are put together based on attendance, and it’s a great opportunity to network with like-minded musicians.
Just bring your voice or instrument, all the equipment is provided including; amps, keyboards, mics, lights, and drums.
If you can play twelve-bar blues on any instrument, there will be something here for you.
Venue location: The Owl’s Nest – West Parley, Bournemouth, BH22 8SS
Phone number: 01202 572793
Open Mic Night: Last Wednesday of the month from 8:30pm
Want to perform? If you want to play just put your name on the list.
7. Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar – Chaplin’s Open Mic Night
A small venue with massive atmosphere, Chaplin’s attracts a wide range of local talent from different artistic and musical backgrounds.
Eclectic and a little bit different, this is an ideal night for newcomers to give it a go or for seasoned performers to try something new.
Hosted by Si Genaro, the last open mic of the month takes place on the Cellar Bar stage, which is a fantastic opportunity to show your stuff.
Venue location: Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar – 529 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4AG
Phone number: 01202 251953
Open Mic Night: Wednesdays from 9pm
Want to perform? It can get pretty crowded, so arrive early to secure your slot.
8. Poole Hill Brewery – Acoustic Open Mic
Display your musical talents to the accompaniment of some well-tuned acoustic instruments, the more obscure the better.
Edward Fox, compères the evening and plays to warm up the crowd, with the evening often turning into a good old-fashioned knees-up.
Most performers tend to be acoustic guitar and unaccompanied singers, but they also have poetry and monologues on occasion. No amplification needed, there’s a piano, guitar or ukulele available to use and a high ceiling to help magnify vocals, but they do provide a microphone if needed.
Venue location: Poole Hill Brewery – 41-43 Poole Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 5PW
Phone number: 01202 557583
Open Mic Night: Every Sunday from 7:30pm
Want to perform? Just turn up and let them know.
9. The Four Horsemen – Horse’s Mouth Open Mic Night
Beat the Monday blues and swing by for this weekly open mic night led by local singer-songwriter Lee Rasdall-Dove.
A lovely pub with a modern twist located in The Triangle, good music is the heart and soul of this venue and its influence is seen everywhere, from vinyl menus to sheet music adorning the walls.
This is a turn up, plug in and play style event, with acoustic bands and solo acts all welcome. A house cajón is available, plus there’s usually a weekly guest star showcase.
There’s a free drink for performers from a well-stocked bar, with one lucky artist a month invited to headline a Monday night of their choosing.
Venue location: The Four Horsemen – 77-79 Commercial Rd, Bournemouth, BH2 5RT
Phone number: 01202 900676
Open Mic Night: Mondays from 8pm
Want to perform? Turn up a bit early to secure a spot.
10. Roxy’s Bar & Bistro – Open Mic Night
Always a fun evening, Roxy’s Open Mic and Quiz night has been running for about a year now with musician and host Calvin Glen at the helm.
Local musicians are encouraged to perform in a laid-back and friendly atmosphere, where the ethos is about meeting new people, building self-confidence and networking with fellow artists.
A full PA system is provided, with microphones, jack cables and stands. It’s often packed and lively, but the audience is respectful while an act performs (you could hear a pin drop sometimes).
You never know who will show up on the night, they’ve seen pop, rock, metal, musical theatre, folk, and even people playing the flute and violin.
Venue location: Roxy’s Bar & Bistro – 313 Charminster Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 9QP
Phone number: 01202 259505
Open Mic Night: Every Wednesday from 7pm
Want to perform? A very relaxed venue, everyone is welcome.
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Brewhouse & Kitchen – Acoustic Showcase
A little bit different than your typical British pub, these guys brew their own seasonal craft beers on site, hold weekly beer master classes, and they’ve even got adorable beach huts in the garden for customers looking to relax.
Their weekly acoustic open mic night is just as eclectic and charming, with no backing tacks and only the occasional electric guitar.
Hosted by Sarah Di Battista, this is a wonderful platform for the Bournemouth acoustic live music scene.
Expect some great music acts to come together and jam away for your enjoyment. Bring your instruments and your voice if you want to have a go.
Venue location: Brewhouse & Kitchen – 152-154 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5LU
Phone number: 01202 055221
Open Mic Night: Sundays from 7pm
Want to perform? Just message Sarah on her Facebook page.
The Mad Cucumber – The Platform Open Mic Night
The Platform has a very chilled vibe and welcomes new talent of all ages and styles into their whimsical and inclusive space.
All acts are welcome, performing whatever you desire; poetry, music, comedy, storytelling or dance… anything goes in this safe space for free thinkers.
Get involved and perform, or just head down for a vegan cake and some free entertainment. Or pop in for some artistic inspiration—there’s also a selection of local art on display.
Venue location: The Mad Cucumber – 7 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RY
Phone number: 01202 236407
Open Mic Night: 4th Tuesday of the month from 7pm
Want to perform? Sign up from 6:30pm.
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The Porterhouse – Open Mic Night
The Porterhouse open mic night is a great venue for music lovers and offers opportunities for talented acts.
Performers get the chance to be invited back as entertainment for the pub, so put on a good show and you could be on your way to a paying gig.
Venue location: The Porterhouse, 113 Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 9BG.
Phone number: 01202 021253
Open Mic Night: Every other Monday from 8pm.
Want to perform? Get there by 8:00pm to register.
So now you know where to perform there are no excuses to get out there and get performing!
Also consider entering Open Mic UK with auditions coming to Bournemouth.