With a £250 prize, it's easy to see why so much Manchester's unsigned talent is attracted to Waxy O'Connors. From 8.30pm, the minds behind the likes of The Dubliners, Ronan Keating, The Pogues and Lady Gaga promote emerging acoustic talent, with all who perform receiving some well-earned complimentary drinks.
Open Mic Nights in Manchester
Open mic nights are an ideal choice for evenings that offer something a little different to the same old events. Whether you're hearing emerging singer-songwriters playing their very first sets or hearing spoken word performed by poets from afar, these are the very best open mic nights in Manchester.
Wednesdays are all about live music at The Pen & Pencil. With a weekly open mic night hosted by singer-songwriter Izzie Walsh, this New York-inspired haunt is elevating your midweek plans in musical style.
Located in the Northern Quarter, The Crown & Kettle is a staple of Manchester's nightlife scene. Head to the bustling pub on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month for nine regularly changing real ales, delicious pies, an in-house drummer and all types of performances. Getting on stage? There's a free drink for that.
Taking place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, open mic nights at this Manchester gem aren't ones to miss. Head upstairs to Trof's Bourbon Bar for a show that begins at 9pm. In the mood to perform? Get down early and book your slot.
Like all of their events, open mic night at the Bay Horse is one for the books. The Northern Quarter's most traditional pub puts on quite the show every Thursday at 8pm, with the impetus on letting some of the Manchester's local talent strut their stuff in front of a great crowd.
This Disbury joint is the home of one of the city's longest-running open mic nights. Check out The Art Of Tea for acoustic sessions, lively bands and performers from far and wide. If that's not enough, then the relaxed vibes, bookshop and range of wines should do it.
Head to Hatch on the last Wednesday of the month where Izzie Walsh hosts an evening of live music, food and drink. Showcasing the best upcoming and independent acts, this Manchester open mic night is one for your diary.