Open Mic Nights Glasgow and around


Spoken Word Events in Glasgow courtesy of Stephen Watt

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Photo: crawford and del. Open Mic events can be found in Glasgow more or less every night of the week. Entry is usually free and with a bit of luck you will encounter some talented performers. The Open Mic sessions tend to be organised by some very committed artists, who themselves contribute to the entertainment. Names that spring to mind include Mic Clark, Crawford Smith, Dochan MacMillan and Chris Rodger and fair play to them for their dedication and to the venues that are creating opportunities for new acts to showcase their material.

The approach is very straightforward, you just turn up at the venue, let the organiser/promoter know that you would like to perform and you will be added to the list of acts for that evening. It’s simple!

Always check with the venue as open mics tend to come and go or change nights.

Open Mic Nights Glasgow plus some Sessions


Allison Arms


Sunday Night Open Mic at The Allison Arms!

Note earlier time: 7pm til 11pm.

All performers and music lovers welcome
A free drink for the players, a warm welcome from the staff and our usual high standard of groovy vibes to soak up!

Hosted by Matthew Malone and Crawford Smith. This is a weclome return for the famous Southside Sessions Sunday night open mic.

Get involved!

720 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2AD

the old toll bar

Old Toll Bar Glasgow

Sunday afternoon Open Mic 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

All performers and music lovers welcome. House guitar and free drink.

The Old Toll Bar
1-3 Paisley Road West, Glasgow G51 1LF

0141 258 4830

Three Judges Partick

Every sunday. 8.30pm til 11.30pm.

Host: Johnny Fast Keys

41 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow G11 6PR

0141 337 3055

The Parlour Glasgow West End

the parlour

Open Mic Sundays 7.30 p.m.

Hosted by John Taney.

£10 bottle of house red/white and plate of nachos plus promos for performers.

The Parlour 28 Vinicombe St, Glasgow G12 8BE

Tel: 0141 560 8004

The Cathouse

Sunday Open Mic

If you fancy yourself self as a budding singer/songwriter, the next Bill Hicks or you just want to belt out a bit of karaoke then get yourself down to the Cathouse on a Sunday evening from 9pm until 1am (with the regular club hours upstairs). The only exception is the last Sunday of the month where we wrap things up at 11pm to make way for Slide It In. Thanks again! LJ Cathouse Open Mic PR Dude

The Variety Society

the variety society

Sundays 8 p.m. Vespbar, Drury Lane, City Centre

The Variety Society is the most diverse and exciting open mic night in Glasgow,for performers and punters alike. It is an openly accessible event for budding writers, directors, actors, musicians, lighting technicians, filmmakers and any other kind of performer!

Every Sunday night we open our buzzing den of creativity as experienced performers give audiences a first peek at their next project alongside new performers who may never have done anything like this before!

The ultimate aim is to create a brilliant night that will entertain any comers each Sunday, but also to create a community who will grow and help each other!

Entry is £2 and there’s a bar open ’till 12.

There is nothing stopping you from performing at the Variety Society. If you are interested then please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or join our facebook group.

14 Drury St  Glasgow G2 5AA

Sammy’s Acoustic Open Mic

Regular acoustic open mic night. Held on the first Sunday of every month

The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands G41 2HG

The Dram

DRAM! folk sessions

Sunday nights from 7pm we host our famous folk jam sessions – traditional folk music with the odd surprise or two thrown in! It can get pretty busy so turn up early to get a seat!

236-242 Woodlands Road, Kelvingrove, Glasgow G3 6ND

Every Monday

Curlers Rest

256 – 260 Byres Riadm Glasgow West End G12 8HS

Monthly open mic night is back from 7-9pm!

Monday 15 April

MONDAY, 17 APRIL 2023 AT 18:30

with Feature Leyla Josphine

Candlelight Open Mic – Old Toll Bar – First Monday Every Month

old toll bar

1-3 Paisley Road West,

0141 258 4830
Poets and Spoken Word artists – Welcome! Join us in the Speakeasy.
Candlelight Open Mic provides a cosy atmosphere, in a private bar, where new poets can start out and experienced poets can test new material.
Sign up for the open mic in advance by messaging Candlelight Open Mic at The Old Toll. A small number of sign-up slots will always be made available on the night for those who are not able to commit in advance!

open mic n and zleasy

Nice ‘n’ Sleazy

Gerry Lyons Acoustic Night

Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Sauchiehall Street

Beresford Lounge, 468 Sauchiehall SR, G2 3LW

beresford open mic mondays


The Tenement

With Andy Lindsay host and singer

Every Monday

317-319 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, Glasgow City G11 6AL

The Tenement Bar Facebook

avant gare

34-36 King Street
Glasgow, G1 5QT
0141 552 7123


8 p.m.


Queen Margaret Union, University of Glasgow

open mic queen margaret union

Every week. 8 – 11 p.m.

Champions Bar

Free drinks for performers –music, spoken word, stand up etc

Please bring own instruments – can provide acoustic guitar and keyboard.

Full details

open mic butterfly and pig

The Butterfly and Pig South

Open Mic

Every Tuesday from 8.30 pm ’til 11.45 pm @ The Butterfly & The Pig South.

Host: Crawford Smith

Soak up the groovy vibes of this crackin’ new Southside venue, at the Corona building (1039 Pollokshaws Road). Play solo, join in with a jam session or simply come along for a sing-song!

All performers welcome, acoustic guitar, Jedi sax player, a free drink for the players and good vibes provided!

1039 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G413YF

Butterfly and Pig, Bath Street, City Centre

Hosted by Iain Forbes

0141 221 7711

153 Bath Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G2 4SQ

Photo: open mic the scotch.

Every Tuesday

The Scotch

Open Mic

Starts Tuesday 4th December, 2014 8.30pm will see the start off our regular ‘Open Mic/Jam Session’.

Whether its just a couple of songs you love playing, or youre desperate to perform your whole album in front of us……or maybe you just love to jam??? Get yourselves into the lounge at The Scotch and lets have a bit of musical fun!!

The Scotch Bar, Gorstan Street Summerston, G23 01419 461624


The Box

Sauchiehall Street

9 p.m. – free pint if you play

the box website

Box Glasgow, 431 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3LG
T: 0141 332 543

9 p.m.

The Box, 431 Sauchiehall Street G2 3LD


Folk Sessions. Open acoustic night of blues, folk, trad, country & pop classics with Clarke Shearer & friends. Every Tuesday. Musicians welcome.

Host: Phil Petherbridge


The Anchor Bar

With Andy Lindsay host and singer

23 Gauze St, Paisley PA1 1ES
Phone:0141 889 5666


open mic howwood inn

Starting on 12th April, 2023. I’ll be hosting a new open mic at The Howwood Inn!
Every Wednesday from 8pm in their upstairs bar* all performers & music lovers welcome!
With Crawford Smith.


mango jam open mic

Mango Jam Open Mic

Wednesdays 10 p.m.

373 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Mango Jam Facebook

Gerry Cinnamons Open Mic live @ the Brunswick Cellars

Every Wednesday from 7.30pm Free Entry Free Pint for a Song

Warm, relaxed informal atmosphere, cheap drinks. After only a few months in operation Gerry Cinnamons Open Mic @ the Brunswick Cellars has established itself as something different by becoming a little creative hub hidden on Sauchiehall St for musicians and music lovers alike.

The last Wednesday of every month we run a workshop with the lovely Denise Allan ‘Glasvegas Manager’ who will be happy to help anyone looking for music business advice while scouting for her management label.

We’ve had so many magical nights @ the Cellars, come and join the fun whether its to hear great music from Glasgows finest or to pour your heart into some songs and get a free pint for your efforts. All are welcome. 🙂

239 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3EX

for more info contact – Contact Gerry Cinnamon Facebook Brunswick Open Mic The Roxy, 171 Great Western Road

8 pm – Free

With Declan McKay and Kyle Haughey of Young Aviators. An entirely different approach to open mics, this new open mic has found itself with jam sessions, Beatboxers, Fiddle players, classical jazz, funk, blues and what we love the most Originals. Come down join in on the most unique and friendly open mic in Glasgow.

Host Kev Young 9p.m. The Roxy 171 Great Western Road.

New open mic night, Brass Monkey, Argyle Street (Finnieston end)

Babbity Bowster

Merchant City – Traditional Sessions

traditional sessions babbity bowster

Many customers and friends of the Babbity, who also have a strong involvement in traditional music come to play on Wednesday from 3:00pm

16-18 Blackfriars Street,
Glasgow, G1 1PE
Tel: +44 (0)141 552 5055
[email protected]

The Lane Bar

kim wheeler

Ashton Lane, Glasgow West End G12

(Behind Hillhead Underground)

Hosted by Kim Wheeler

Every Wednesday  8pm-11pm.

The Lane Facebook

Kim Wheeler Facebook


Photo: mchuills. The Open-minded Open Mic!

First Thursday every month

McChuills, 40 High Street, Glasgow G1 1NL

Yodel on down to the Open-Minded Open Mic!

A monthly open mic on the 3rd Thursday of every calendar month, where we have an open minded policy towards music and performance – anything goes! So let’s make it a weird and wonderful evening!

Free entry! Guitar provided! (You can provide the weirdness and wonderfullsomeness!)

9 p.m. start

Open Mic Night for Songwriters at GOMA

goma open mic

5:15pm till 7:30pm.

Open Mic Specifically for Song Writers – a platform to showcase your original material in a quiet environment, where people listen to the music.

Come along to GOMA – last Thursday every month.

Hosted by Ernesto

Royal Exchange Square,
111 Queen Street,
G1 3AH ·
0141 287 3050

Numbers are limited to so advisable to contact Ernesto beforehand.

Email: Ernesto Fernandez


mic clarke

Mic Clark
Open Mic Night – Thursdays

The Pacific Bar Restaurant

562 Dumbarton Rd, Partick, Glasgow G11 6RH

bag o nails open stage
Bag o’ Nails,
165 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow G11 6AA
8.30pm till midnight.
Hosted by Crawford Smith
All performers and music lovers welcome, house guitar, full drum kit and good vibes provided!

Photo: carnavron bar. The Carnarvon Bar

Carnival of Music Open Mic Night

Thursdays 9 p.m. – midnight

The Carnarvon Bar on St Georges Rd (just along from Charing Cross). The fun starts around 9pm every week and runs on until midnight. Talented perfomers, good sound quality and a friendly crowd. All are welcome, whether performing (free beer) or just enjoying the music. Facebook page

The Carnarvon Bar, 129 Saint George’s Road Glasgow G3 6JA
0141 332 5125

Sweeneys in the Park


962 Pollokshaws Road

0141 632 6741

Thursday night sessions/showcase gigs at Sweeneys are still very much on and rockin!

With host Crawford Smith

dukes bar

Duke’s Bar

Jazz Jam

Every Thursday at 9 p.m.

[email protected]

Duke’s Bar, 41 Old Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G3 8RD

The Clippens Inn

With Andy Lindsay host and singer

1st Thursday of every month.

Clippers Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire PA3 3PU

Phone:01505 329700


Joe Fletcher Singalong

MacKinnons, 48 Gallowgate
Glasgow, G1 5AB
0141 552 3525

8 p.m.


the rock


Hyndland Street, Glasgow G12

Fridays 8.30  p.m.



king tuts open mic

King Tut’s, 272A St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5RL

The Doublet

Upstairs, Park Road, Kelvinbride, Glasgow West End

First Open Mic Saturday 13 October, 2018 (November date to be arranged)

A new monthly Open Mic will take place upstairs in The Doublet! House guitar will be provided but feel free to bring you own instrument and all performers will receive a free beer/soft drink! The first open mic will take place on Saturday 13th October from 2-5pm. All welcome.
The Doublet on Facebook


40 Howard Street, Glasgow G1 4EE

T.0141 204 1462
e.[email protected]

Babbity Bowster

Merchant City – Traditional Sessions

traditional sessions babbity bowster

Many customers and friends of the Babbity, who also have a strong involvement in traditional music come to play on Saturday from 4:00pm

16-18 Blackfriars Street,
Glasgow, G1 1PE
Tel: +44 (0)141 552 5055
[email protected]

Always check with the venues as change of dates happens frequently.

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11 responses to “Open Mic Nights Glasgow and around”

  1. Hi there,
    Thanks for doung this page.

    The Beresford open mic night no longer exists.
    Wednesday is open mic at McSorley’s – Jamiaca St, from 8:00 – ish
    The Clutha has an open stage, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.
    Blues Jams at The State Bar on Tuesdays from 8:30 and Swing on Hope St, Thursdays – 9pm onwards.
    Project Cafe has an open mic on alternate fridays 6 onwards.


  2. Pat says:

    Thanks for the update, Eric. Will amend whenI return from holiday.

  3. Hugh K says:

    The First NEW Open Stage/Jam night at Nice N Sleazy on Tuesday 9th February hosted by Hugh Kearns. Full band setup, including drums and keys. All musicians welcome, including brass. Sound engineer will be there, free beers for performers and runs till 1.30am. Also don’t miss the halftime Rum Raffle!

  4. Pat Byrne says:

    Thanks, Hugh. Will add to listings shortly.

  5. Wes Paul says:

    Travelling to Scotland for a wedding on Friday 8th July 2016- Looking for an Open Mic night to do a bit of entertaining on Friday 8th in Dunfermline and Sunday 10th in Glasgow. Bets wishes to all you entertainers out there. Wes Paul [The Wes Paul Band]

  6. John Boyle says:

    JohnnyB looking to pay covers and iv got m own material .Iv benn a singer song writer for 10 years now playing with my harmonics and guitar. Anyone know best place to start in Glasgow ?

  7. Ruth says:

    I’m readying down this list and getting a tad excited. Been in Glasgow 3 years from Canada and just holed up in my flat with my guitar. I’m a singer/song-writer too (mostly folk/country type stuffs) and this may be an excellent way to meet similar folks and brush out the guitar. Also play whistles and a few other wind instruments…

  8. Mishi Morath says:

    I am in Glasgow from Thursday 1st June to Sunday 4th June, inclusive. Does anyone know of any Open Mics during these days that welcome poetry/spoken word? Thank you for any help…

  9. Kim says:

    Hi there, I wonder if you’d like to include Basil’s Sunday Jam at St Louis Cafe Bar, Dumbarton Road. First Sunday in every month. 4pm-7pm.
    Many thanks,

  10. Graeme kerr says:

    Hi there.
    There’s a new open Mic night that runs every Thursday from 8pm in Bucks Bar 111 west regent street.
    Hosted by Graeme Kerr

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