Croydon Open Mics – The Top 10 Best Nights Near Me

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Croydon and its surrounding towns contain many famous venues, the area also plays host to open mics featuring various musical genres. Head down to one of these venues, fill the stage with your sound, and become known in the local music scene. Croydon’s open mic nights are a great opportunity for all tastes.

The Best Open Mic Nights in Croydon

Looking for an open mic night near Croydon (or the rest of South London)? In no particular order, these venues attract the best of the surrounding towns’ breakthrough musical talent. 

#1 Barrel and Horn: Open Mic Night


Run by the renowned ‘WeLikeOpenMics’ group, this is a fantastic night to start our list with.

Situated at The Barrel and Horn just outside of Croydon, this open mic welcomes musicians and singers of all backgrounds. All sorts of genres have been known to feature here, including folk, pop, musical theatre, rock and instrumental to name just a few.

Sign up at the bar to guarantee yourself a slot. Sing a minimum of 2 songs, or play for 10 minutes and receive a free beer or soft drink.

Venue location:  Barrel and Horn – 204-206 High St, Bromley, BR1 1PW
Phone number:  020 8290 2039
Open Mic Night:  Wednesdays from 8:30pm
Want to perform?  Sign up at the bar to guarantee a slot.


#2 The Rebel Inn: Open Mic

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Calling all musically gifted people! The open mic night at The Rebel Inn just outside of Croydon has become the place to be on a Thursday night.

Of course, they always encourage and welcome new talent and faces to the stage as well as regulars. If you are a budding musician or singer, come on down and show them what you’re made of.

Novice or not, The Rebel Inn welcomes people all ages and abilities to step up to the mic. They kick off the night at 8:30pm. Just come on down and write your name down on their sign up list. They also have a full p.a, drum kit, keyboard, bass and electro-acoustic guitar that you can use if needed.

Venue location: The Rebel Inn – 78A Streatham High Rd, Streatham, London, SW16 1BS
Phone number: 020 8696 9469
Open Mic Night:  Thursdays from 8pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and sign up.


#3 The Green Dragon: Uke Jam

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The free ukulele jam at The Green Dragon is a fantastic jam night for all those who play ukulele and sing.

Usually held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, the sessions are very informal. They choose songs from their songbook and everyone just plays and sings along as a group.

You’ll see a range of talent, from complete novices to seasoned players. They guarantee that everyone will be able to play along to something within just a few minutes.

Located in the upstairs bar, just turn up on the night to take part in the jam night.

Venue location:  The Green Dragon – 60 High St, Croydon, CR0 1NA
Phone number:  020 8667 0684
Open Mic Night:  First and third Sundays of the month from 7:30pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


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#4 Coach and Horses: Open Mic

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Its popularity with the local music scene ensures that The Coach and Horses, just outside of Croydon, can always deliver a lively atmosphere. All sorts of musical genres have been featured here, even bagpipes have been known to appear here.

The intimacy of the bar makes it easy to socialise with your fellow musicians and music lovers, so it’s a great location for those who enjoy a fresh lively setting.

Anyone who takes to the stage can be certain of an animated crowd to support them. Everyone is welcome here. Sign up at the bar on the night to secure your performance slot.

Venue location:  Coach and Horses – Burnhill Rd, Beckenham, BR3 3LA
Phone number:  020 8650 9142
Open Mic Night:  Thursdays bi-weekly from 8:30pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and sign up.


Thinking of attending your first open mic night? Here’s what to expect:

#5 The Rose and Crown: Open Mic Night

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Come on down to the all-new open mic at The Rose and Crown, Wallington, just outside of Croydon.

Hosted by Joe Head, play your songs live, perform poems to bongos, sing along to the Cajon or choose a song from the lyrics folder to perform.

Joe has a house band; they are all talented musicians who are more than happy to jam a song with you if you’re looking to sing a popular cover.

A full p.a with mics is provided. Just bring your voice or instrument along, plug in and play.

Venue location:  The Rose and Crown – Wallington Corner, Wallington, SM6 7HX
Phone number:  020 8401 0035
Open Mic Night:  Third Thursday of the month from 8:30pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


#6 The Front Room: Open Mic

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This fantastic modern venue is an asset to Croydon’s music scene. The open mic held each month (on a Thursday) is a great live music night on our list to consider.

Dedicated to R&B music, this open mic is fantastic for all those singers and rappers out there.

Typical genres that are accepted include Hip hop, rap, grime, freestyle, contemporary, and many others.

Keep up to date with their Facebook page to see when the next one is happening.

Venue location:  The Front Room – 37 – 39 St George’s Walk, Croydon, CR0 1YL
Phone number:  020 3662 8757
Open Mic Night:  Thursdays monthly from 8pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


#7 The Green Dragon: Open Mic Night

The Green Dragon is another fantastic pub. Situated in the centre of Croydon, with a cosy, community atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The monthly Green Dragon session is hosted by local music lovers who are happy to support your music when you perform.

A backline system is provided, and you’re recommended to bring along your instruments.

This is the perfect session to meet like-minded musicians and practice collaborating with other singers. It’s an incredibly welcoming open mic session that will make you feel like one of the family.

Venue location:  The Green Dragon – 60 High St, Croydon, CR0 1NA
Phone number:  020 8667 0684
Open Mic Night:  First Thursday of the month from 8pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


#8 The Oval Tavern: Oval Tunes

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This venue is perhaps best known for its great community atmosphere. The open mic known as ‘Oval Tunes’ is a great night of live music in Croydon every second Thursday.

Their open mic events draw experienced artists and fresh talent alike to perform. You can sign-up for a slot on the night from 7:30pm.

A p.a system is provided and you are welcome to bring along your instruments too. This session is often community-focused with many performances being singalongs that anyone can join in and play or perform to.

Venue location:  The Oval Tavern – 131 Oval Rd, Croydon, CR0 6BR
Phone number:  020 8686 6023
Open Mic Night:  Second Thursday of the month from 7:30pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


#9 Boxpark Croydon: The Groove Kitchen

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Boxpark Croydon’s monthly open mic jam is not one to miss. Hugely popular with the locals, now’s your chance to make your impression on Croydon’s music scene.

Playing our usual blend of jazz, funk, R&B, neo-soul, and blues, their open mic night will be sure to bring the house down.

The house band includes: Dimitris Dimopoulos on keys, Alexis Countouris on bass, Professor Sam Blue Agard on the kit, Andy Porter on percussion, rotating guests on guitar and saxophone, and Shayanna Harris hosting.

This open mic is free entry, and it welcomes everyone. Bring your instrumental or vocal talents and come down this month for a jam. Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8pm.

Venue location:  Boxpark Croydon – 99 George St, Croydon, CR0 1LD
Phone number:  020 7186 8800
Open Mic Night:  Third Wednesday of the month from 8pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


#10 Project B: Rayvolution’s Open Mic

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Project B is a lively bar that hosts a variety of live music events including open mic nights. Their open mic on the first Thursday of the month, known as ‘Rayvolution’s Open Mic’ is a great live music night for the younger crowd.

The equipment provided on this open mic night includes a professional p.a system, mics, and backline. If you’d like to bring your instruments, you’re more than welcome.

Each performer gets a short slot to perform whatever songs they would prefer, you are welcome to sing covers or originals. If you make a good impression, the venue might even want to book you in for a full gig, so make sure that you sing to impress.

Venue location:  Project B – 3-7 Middle St, Croydon, CR0 1RE
Phone number:  07917 683240
Open Mic Night:  First Thursday of the month from 7pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


Ever considered hosting your own open mic night?

Bonus Open Mics Near Croydon

Bar 201: Vibes N Flo

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Bar 201, formerly known as Greater than Gatsby, is a late-night bar and event venue that attracts a younger crowd and has a lively atmosphere, perfect for live music.

The monthly open mic night, known as ‘Vibes N Flo’ is brilliant for discovering the latest and greatest local talent.

This recently launched open mic night welcomes singers, rappers, poets and spoken word artists. A full p.a system is provided, so all you need to do is bring along your singing voice and songs.

This is a great open mic night for younger performers, so the audience is very lively whilst remaining friendly and supportive.

Venue location:  Bar 201 – 201 High St, Bromley, BR1 1NY
Phone number:  Contact them through their Facebook page
Open Mic Night:  First Thursday of the month from 7pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


The Cronx Bar: Open Mic Night

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This fantastic pub offers live music events throughout the month, with the pub owners hosting a monthly open mic night themselves. They love live music and want to give local musicians the chance to perform live.

If you are interested in playing or know someone who is, get in touch through their Facebook page. It’s an open music platform in a chilled atmosphere with great beer.

Anyone is welcome, and any performer is entitled to a free Cronx beer. There’s everything you need to perform, including a p.a system and mics.

Venue location:  The Cronx Bar – R03-R04, Boxpark Croydon, 99 George St, Croydon, CR0 1LD
Phone number:  020 8688 4912
Open Mic Night:  First Monday of the month from 7:30pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


The Gardener’s Arms: Freedom Open Mic

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Run by Luc Lewis and Bobby Potter, head down to the Freedom Open Mic Jam for an exciting night of live performances just outside Croydon.

Whether you’re a musician, poet, spoken word artist or a comedian, they’ll give you a spot. The rules for this open mic are simple – be open-minded towards the other artists and care enough to stay for the others.

Come down to check out some of Croydon’s and Southfield’s finest talent. The night kicks off from 8pm until 10:30pm; they fill up fast so book a table ahead of time by contacting them through their website.

Venue location:  The Gardener’s Arms – 268 Merton Rd, Southfields, London, SW18 5JU
Phone number:  020 8875 1524
Open Mic Night:  Third Thursday of the month from 7pm
Want to perform?  Just turn up and play.


So now you know where to perform in and around Croydon there are no excuses for not getting out there and get performing!

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