Salford & Greater Manchester Open Mic Nights — The Top 10

Salford loves live music and it’s a brilliant place to perfect your live performance skills with their many open mic nights! From pubs to bars and community halls, there are a wide variety of Salford open mic nights that will offer you something new and valuable with every visit.

Best Open Mic Nights in Salford

So, if you are looking to perform at a Salford open mic, you have come to the right place. For more open mic nights in Manchester, see Manchester Open Mic Nights. Here are the best places to attend an open mic night in Salford, in no particular order.

#1 The Old Pint Pot: Open Mic Tuesdays

The Old Pint Pot is a bit of an alternative pub situated right on the riverside, it is simply beautiful. The customers and owners are huge lovers of live music which is why they put on such an awesome open mic night. Josh Fletcher is a talented local musician who runs the open mic night and is always welcoming new performers on board.

A full PA system, guitar, amps and mic are all provided but you are more than welcome to bring your own instruments if you would prefer. The Old Pint Pot has a new featured artist every single week which brings a different crowd of both singers and audience. This means that every week is different from the last.

The night is one of the most well-known in Salford and so is always extremely busy. The crowd are incredibly encouraging and love hearing new performers that they haven’t seen before. If you want to sign up, you will have to get in touch with their dedicated open mic Facebook page.

Venue location:     The Old Pint Pot – 2 Adelphi St, City Centre, Salford, M3 6EN
Phone number:   0161 839 7958
Open Mic Night:   Every Tuesday from 8pm
Want to perform?   Join and message the Facebook group

#2 The Bullring: Open Mic Night

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The Bullring could be the coolest underground live music venue ever, it’s the perfect place to perform your music at an open mic night. The atmosphere is always electric and the audience are there because they love live music, meaning that they are incredibly attentive to all performances.

As the Bullring is a professional music venue, you don’t need to worry about bringing your own instruments, absolutely everything is provided. The host varies from week to week but they are always popular local musicians with a love for open mic nights.

Turn up early to book your 20-minute performance slot as the night is very popular. Each act gets a free pint and pizza is being served too, beer, pizza and live music – you can’t go wrong. At the end of the night there is a jam session with everyone who performed. It’s a brilliant night to meet new people and get your music out there.

Venue location:     The Bullring – 1 Church Street Eccles, City of Salford, M30 0DF
Phone number:   07815 308822
Open Mic Night:   Every Thursday from 7:30-11:30pm
Want to perform?   Turn up early on the night! Keep up to date on the events page

#3 Poison Apple Theatre: Dry Open Mic

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Poison Apple Theatre is an arts organization that focuses on getting young people who wouldn’t usually be interested, involved in the arts. Quina and Liam of Poison Apple Theatre host this awesome open mic night with a twist and you wouldn’t find better hosts.

This open mic has been running for over a year now, thanks to generous support from Salford CVS’s Achieve BST who fund those recovering from alcohol addiction.

An in-house guitarist is there if you need him along with a PA system, ukulele, mics and an electric/acoustic guitar for you to use. The set up is very professional and it’s a great place to work on those live performance skills.

The Salford Lifestyle Centre prides itself on welcoming absolutely everyone, whether you are a confident performer or it’s your first time. The night itself has a very friendly, relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

As it’s a dry venue, there is no alcohol and it’s perfect for those wishing to avoid those rowdier open mics. If the night is busy acts get two 5 minute slots each and if the night is quieter they benefit from 25 minutes each.

Venue location:     Poison Apple Theatre – Salford Lifestyle Centre, Camp St, Salford, M7 1ZT
Phone number:   07493 522546
Open Mic Night:   Last Tuesday of every month 6-8pm
Want to perform?   Sign up from 6pm on the night

#4 Seven Brothers Tap: Open Mic Night

Salford Seven Brothers Tap: Open Mic Night

Seven Brothers Tap is the Seven Brothers Brewery event space and bar, serving craft beer and more from the amazing brewery and hosting many live music events. This open mic night runs monthly and the host can differ, but they are always an extremely talented local musician.

A full PA is available, all you need to do is to bring along any instruments that you may need. This is certainly a very unique open mic night as it’s very free flowing. Everyone does have set slots but more often than not, you will find everyone joining in and having one big jam together!

Set against the backdrop of a brewery, the location is more than a little bit cool. The crowd is incredibly supportive and it’s a very intimate setting with most people standing.

You will get a free pint of brewery beer after your performance too so you can’t go wrong.

Venue location:     Seven Brothers Tap – 33, Waybridge Enterprise Centre, Manchester, M50 1DS
Phone number:   07493 522546
Open Mic Night:   Third Thursday of the month 7-11:30pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up on the night

#5 The Salford Arms: Open Mic Night

The Salford Arms really is a traditional local pub that immediately feels friendly and well-loved the second you walk through the door.

The night is hosted by the pub itself as it is run by music lovers who love nothing more than putting on live music events.

A PA system and mics are provided. You are welcome to bring your own instruments or just play a backing track if you prefer to just sing. The open mic takes place in the main bar area on a raised platform.

It’s a very chilled out night that might get livelier towards the end, everyone is always very supportive.

Venue location:     The Salford Arms – Chapel Street, Salford, M3 6AF
Phone number:   0161 288 8883
Open Mic Night:   Every Thursday 7:30-11:45pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up on the night

#6 Two Tubs: Open Mic Night

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Another oldie, the Two Tubs is the oldest pub in Bury, Greater Manchester. It has definitely aged well with its popularity booming and a brilliant open mic night.

Zack Gilbert hosts the open mic night, a popular local acoustic singer-songwriter who is on the search for new music!

A brilliant sound system is supplied, just bring your own instrument to plug in and play. Every type of performance is welcome and the atmosphere is very fun and supportive. The night is fairly new but it is already ramping up in popularity with such a friendly and attentive audience.

Each musician is also rewarded with a free drink after their performance.

Venue location:     Two Tubs – 19 The Wylde, Bury, BL9 0LA
Phone number:   0161 763 1745
Open Mic Night:   Every Monday from 8pm
Want to perform?   Simply arrive early to sign up

#7 The Station Hotel: WSO Line Check Acoustic Open Mic

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The Station Hotel prides itself on the music and community the pub creates. This WSO acoustic open mic night is run by a charity with all donations going to support the homeless. Not only will you get live performance practice but also be helping an awesome cause.

A full PA system and lighting is provided, just bring your own instrument and singing voice. Each month will feature a different guest artist that will kick the night off with some brilliant acoustic jams.

The night is always highly anticipated and very busy. The crowd is very friendly and supportive, it is a charity event after all and is a bit of musical fun.

The open mic slots consist of three songs and are allocated on a first come first serve basis so make sure you turn up early.

Venue location:     The Station Hotel – 2 Warrington St, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6XE
Phone number:   0161 330 6776
Open Mic Night:   First Friday of the month from 8-11pm
Want to perform?   Simply arrive early to sign up

#8 Dog & Pheasant: Top Dog Open Mic

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The Dog & Pheasant is a friendly local pub that thrives off community and live music, of course. The Top Dog open mic has been described as a gig in your living room thanks to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

This is an acoustic open mic night and they have a very strict rule that only allows you to bring acoustic instruments so it’s worth keeping this in mind. The main performances are singer-songwriters but other than this, all abilities are welcome.

The night is very cosy and welcoming, with an encouraging attentive audience that loves hearing new music. If it’s your first live performance, this open mic night is a brilliant place to start.

Venue location:     Dog & Pheasant – 528 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9PQ
Phone number:   0161 330 4894
Open Mic Night:   Fortnightly Monday’s from 8:30pm to midnight
Want to perform?   Keep up to date and message the open mic Facebook page

#9 The New Stalybridge Labour Club: Open Mic Night

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The New Stalybridge Labour Club is a brilliant live music venue that welcomes performers from all walks of life. They host a monthly open mic night that has proven hugely popular with locals throughout the years thanks to the awesome atmosphere and talented acts.

A full PA system, amps and a mic are all available, meaning that all you need to do is plug in your required instrument and play. The warm, friendly atmosphere really does make even the most novice live performers feel comfortable. Everybody is more than welcome.

Each month features a new special guest which brings both a different audience and style of music each time. Not only is it a great way to get your music out there but also meet new people into music in your area.

Venue location:     The New Stalybridge Labour Club – Park House, Acres Ln, Stalybridge, SK15 2JR
Phone number:   0161 303 2214
Open Mic Night:   Last Tuesday of every month 7-11pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up early on the night

#10 Whittles Oldham: Whittlin’ Wednesday open mic

Whittles Oldham Whittlin' Wednesday open mic

Whittles is fondly known as one of Oldham’s very best music venues, offering new and exciting events every single week. The weekly acoustic open mic gives local talent the chance to sing in front of a music-loving audience.

A full PA system, acoustic guitar and mic are all provided, although you are more than welcome to bring your own instrument. If you want a taste of what real live performance is like, Whittles has your back with a professional stage and lighting to give you your 15 minutes of fame.

Although it can be intimidating performing in front of such a large audience, Whittles is a great place to start. It’s in the deep end but everyone is so lovely and supportive, you will grow in confidence hugely after just performing one night here!

Venue location:     Whittles Oldham – 27 King St, Oldham, OL8 1DP
Phone number:   0161 621 0683
Open Mic Night:   Every Wednesday 8-11:30pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up early on the night

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The Crown and Kettle: Open Mic Night

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The Crown and Kettle is a real ale bar that specializes in… you guessed it, real ales. They also host an awesome open mic night that you don’t want to miss. Local music lovers host this welcoming open mic night and the atmosphere is ideal for newcomers.

The Crown and Kettle notoriously has a stunning ceiling that is enough to inspire you in itself, it’s an honour to perform in such a beautiful location. Every open mic has the perfect mixture of regulars and new performers, it makes every single night feel fresh and interesting. Every act gets a 15-minute spot to show off their musical talents so come prepared with a few of your best songs.

A full PA system, mics, amps, guitar and an in-house drummer are all provided, setting you up for the performance of your lifetime. Every musician can enjoy a free drink after their performance, making it all worth it. This open mic is first come first serve so make sure that you turn up with plenty of time.

Venue location:     The Crown and Kettle – 2 Oldham Rd, Manchester, M4 5FE
Phone number:   0161 235 0978
Open Mic Night:   First and third Thursday of every month 8pm
Want to perform?   Sign up is between 7-8pm

Bar One Ten: The Three’s Jam Night

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Bar One Ten is a lively bar that hosts a variety of live music events including jam nights. This jam night is hosted by local band, The Three’s. The band love hearing new talent and are even happy to play your backing track if you are a solo artist!

The equipment provided on this open mic night really is professional with a full PA system, two mics, drum kit, two guitar amps, guitars including bass and a bass rig. If you prefer playing with your own guitar you are more than welcome to bring that along too.

Each performer gets a 15-20 minute slot to perform whatever songs they would prefer, you are welcome to sing covers or originals. If you make a good impression, the Bar One Ten venue might even want to book you in for your own gig.

Once you have performed your slot, it is considered impolite if you leave immediately so make sure that you stay to support the other musicians, you might even make a few friends.

Venue location:     Bar One Ten – 110 Elliott St, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 8FJ
Phone number:   01942 879333
Open Mic Night:   Every Sunday 6:30-9pm
Want to perform?   You can stay up to date on the Facebook page

The Bowling Green: Open Mic

This monthly open mic at The Bowling Green is a brilliant way to meet people from your local community and get the chance to perform your music live. The atmosphere is incredibly friendly and really anything goes, everyone is welcome.

Any age, genre and ability are welcome to perform, making it the perfect place if it’s your first open mic. Pauline Blackburn hosts the night, a talented local music legend who makes everyone feel confident enough to get up on stage.

You are free to perform covers or original songs and you get a three song slot, unless it’s a quiet night.

Venue location:     The Bowling Green – 106 Wigan Ln, Wigan, WN1 2LF
Phone number:   01942 519871
Open Mic Night:   First Wednesday of every month from 8-11pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up early on the night

Brewski Chorlton: Acoustic Night

Brewski is a modern welcoming bar that always has a brilliant atmosphere, no matter what day of the week it is. They host a hugely popular acoustic open mic night that brings all of the local singer-songwriters together to perform their favourite songs.

A PA system and acoustic guitar are all provided so all you need to do is turn up. They have different featured artists every single week which bring in quite the crowd, meaning that you will have an attentive audience watching your live performance.

Performers get a free drink and the chance to perform four songs which really isn’t a bad deal at all.

Venue location:     Brewski Chorlton – 537-539 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester, M21 0UE
Phone number:   0161 222 0600
Open Mic Night:   First Thursday from 9pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up early on the night

Retro: Open Mic Night

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The Retro in Manchester is an awesome bar full of the best atmosphere. The weekly open mic nights pride themselves on good vibes and an incredibly passionate music-loving audience. Many even say that it’s one of the best open mics out there.

A full PA system and instruments are provided. If you are a band, you might want to get in touch first to double check that they can accommodate you. Absolutely anything and anyone is welcome so no matter what your music style, you will be met with nothing but encouragement.

The night is always very busy so make sure that you turn up early with plenty of time to sign-up.

Venue location:     Retro – 78 Sackville St, Manchester, M1 3NJ
Phone number:   0161 274 4892
Open Mic Night:   Every Wednesday from 8:30pm to midnight
Want to perform?   Simply turn up early on the night

The Spoon Inn: Open Mic

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The Spoon Inn boldly claims to offer “the open mic of your life” and it certainly seems to deliver. With such a buzzing atmosphere and awesome local talent, it’s easy to see why so many people flock to The Spoon Inn every Thursday evening.

Whether you are a seasoned performer or it’s your first time, the hosts and talented musicians Tom Evans and Alex Hislop will make sure that you feel welcome. A PA system, mic and guitar are all provided which will certainly make your life easier.

This open mic night truly is a brilliant place to not only showcase your music talents but also make some new friends in your local music community.

Venue location:     The Spoon Inn – 364 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M21 8AZ
Phone number:   07469713458
Open Mic Night:   Every Thursday 8-11pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up early on the night

The Thirsty Scholar: Acoustic Night

The Thirsty Scholar is a cute coffee shop by day and a lively bar by the evening. The coffee is award-winning mind you so it’s definitely worth the visit during the day…

Thankfully, this coffee shop/bar loves live music and they offer a brilliant acoustic night twice a month. In fact, this is Greater Manchester’s longest running open mic, it’s been going for 19 years now.

Tom Stirling hosts this brilliant night, a local talented musician who is always on the search for new performers to bring something new to the acoustic night.

Slightly different to an open mic night, Tom prefers you to sign up prior to the evening itself by emailing him. It is most certainly worth booking a slot thanks to the large, attentive and enthusiastic audience. It’s a brilliant way to get your music out there at a popular venue.

Venue location:     The Thirsty Scholar – 50 New Wakefield St, Manchester, M1 5NP
Phone number:   0161 236 6071
Open Mic Night:   Every Tuesday 8-10pm
Want to perform?   Sign up starts from 7.30pm

The Albert Club: Open Mic Night

The Albert Club is actually a brilliant tennis court that has a fantastic bar attached to it. However, on the first Sunday of every month, local music lovers descend on the venue for an awesome night of open mic music.

A full PA system is supplied, however, singers are expected to bring their own instruments. Absolutely anyone is welcome to perform, as long as you turn up to sign up on time at 7:30pm.

The atmosphere is absolutely brilliant and it’s a lot of fun performing there thanks to the awesome crowd.

Venue location:     The Albert Club – 39-41 Old Lansdowne Rd, Manchester, M20 2PA
Phone number:   0161 445 1056
Open Mic Night:   First Sunday of every month from 8pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up at 7:30pm on the night

Bailiff Bar: Open Mic

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The Bailiff Bar is situated in The Old Courts which is essentially a creative arts hub perfect for budding musicians. It really is the perfect place to attend an open mic night.

Hosted by local musical duo Chonkinfeckle, this open mic is completely brand new and is only just started. The PA system is completely provided so all you will need to do is plug in your instrument and play.

Any genre of music goes and you can perform covers or your own original songs. The venue has a great atmosphere and feels very professional, it’s the perfect place to practice performing live.

Venue location:     Bailiff Bar – King St W, Wigan, WN1 1NG
Phone number:   01942 834747
Open Mic Night:   Last Thursday of every month from 8pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up on the night

Now you know all of the best open mic nights in Salford and in Greater Manchester in general. So, it’s your turn, are you going to perform at any of these nights?

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