Open mic nights in Auckland

After you’ve been playing for a while, it can get boring strumming in front of the mirror. There comes a time when all guitar players need to step up and face the public. Well, if at that stage, there are plenty of open mic nights in Auckland to play at. Here are some that are happening during November.

Takapuna Bar

Where: 2 Anzac Street, Takapuna, Auckland

When: Tuesdays, 8.30pm – 11.55pm

Restrictions: All ages

Booking: Just bowl on in


There is a professional sound system, shared instruments, and new musos are looked after.

The Community Cafe Open Mic Nights

Where: Mangere Arts Centre — Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Corner of Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland

When: Wednesday, 8.00pm – 11.00pm

Restrictions: All ages

Booking: Limited space, so arrive early.


There is an in-house band, and you are welcome to take the microphone and sing along. You can also bring a USB (limit two tracks). The host is well-known musician King Kapisi.

Guitar Association of New Zealand (GANZ )

Where: Ponsonby Cruising Club, Westhaven Marina, Westhaven, Auckland

When: Wednesday, 7.45pm – 10.00pm

Restrictions: All ages

Booking: Contact Dennis on 022 657 3820


This is a group of guys and gals of a range of abilities who all love the guitar. If you own a guitar, you qualify.

Open mic etiquette: You appreciate having an audience to play to, so hang around and support the other performers.


Where: 16a Shamrock Drive, Kumeu, Auckland

When: Thursday from 8.00pm

Restrictions: R18

Booking: Phone Pancho on 027 2223334.


Open to singer-songwriters, solo performers, duos and bands.

Aotea House

Where: 291 – 297 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

When: Wednesday, 6pm – 10pm

Restrictions: All ages

Booking: Contact


A great central city location. There is a maximum of five people per band.

Ding Dong Lounge

Where: 26 Wyndham St, CBD, Auckland

When: Thursday, 8pm – 2.00am

Restrictions: R18

Booking: Just bowl on in


If you like to play music into the early hours, this is the venue for you. Hosted by Jesse Shields, this is a casual evening.

Do you know of other open-mic venues? Let us know in the comments section below.

Andrew Healey


Andrew is an Auckland-based writer and musician.

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