Open mic nights in Christchurch

Are you ready to step outside your bedroom and play in front of an audience? Well, one of the best ways to ease into public performance is to attend open mic nights. With this in mind, here are some that are happening in Christchurch.

Jane’s Bar & Cafe

Where: 271 Stanmore Street, Richmond, Christchurch

When: Fridays, 7.30pm – 1100pm

Restrictions: All ages

Booking: Just bowl on in


A wide range of music from rock to blues. You can bring your own gear or use theirs.

Open mic night etiquette: Pay attention to the other performers. Also, talking while someone is playing a quiet ballad doesn’t go down well.

Becks Southern Alehouse

Where: 155 Colombo Street, Somerfield, Christchurch

When: Wednesday 6 December, from 8.00pm

Restrictions: R18

Booking: Contact venue at 03-337 2233

Carlton Bar & Eatery

Where: 1 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

When: Tuesdays from 8pm until late

Restrictions: Check with venue

Booking: register at


The night is hosted by duo Co-op. Soloists, duos and bands welcome.

Have we missed a venue? If you know of any other open mic nights in Christchurch, let us know in the comments below.


Andrew Healey


Andrew is an Auckland-based writer and musician.

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