Sydney’s pub scene has spawned a plethora of big-name musicians over the years and there’s nowhere better for unearthing top-notch, up-and-coming acts. Just think of all the acclaimed artists who could be found rocking out at bar and pub open mic nights before they made their big breaks! Next time you’re looking for some mid-week fun, why not treat your ears to live tunes from some fresh local talent? Here’s our pick of Sydney’s best open mic nights – head along and you might just discover one of the next big names in Aussie music!
If you’re keen to unearth some up-and-coming hip hop talent, then be sure to head along to one of Crackin’ Eggs legendary hip hop open mic nights, now taking over Enmore’s Hideaway Bar from 4-10pm each Sunday. Entry’s an easy $5, plus there’s usually a swag of cheeky drink specials to get involved in.
When those midweek live music cravings kick in, take yourself down to legendary boozer The Townie, for its cranking Wednesday open mic night. Entry is free, with the the stage playing host to a solid line-up of solo and duo acts (15 minute slots) from 7-9pm, and bands (30 minute slots) the rest of the evening. Book your spot now, or simply pop in for a great pub feed and some top-notch tunes.
Much-loved local haunt and live music destination, Marrickville’s Gasoline Pony boasts a cosy feel and a primo program of live tunes. Here, you’ll find a fortnightly open mic night for solo artists (Tuesdays), and another with slightly longer sets for duos and groups (Wednesdays). The vibe’s inclusive, with a seriously broad lineup of genres taking the stage.
The Darling Harbour outpost of this international rock’n’roll chain plays host to a long-running open mic night, every single Monday. Kicking off at 8pm (registration from 7pm) it’s a great chance for music-lovers to enjoy a diverse spread of live, local talent, but also for musicians to start off their week with a lively little jam session.
This multi-level Kings Cross drinking den plays host to all sorts of musical fun throughout the week, but on Mondays, the stage is set for its weekly open mic night. This lively jam session is all about Latin and jazz tunes,assembling a great little mix of emerging and established talent each week. Register your interest to join in the fun, or simply swing by to enjoy the sounds and a few cheeky cocktails.
In need of a cruisy live music situation to round out your weekend? On the last Sunday arvo of each month, The Epping Hotel hosts its free, fun open mic sessions, delivering a top local line-up to your ears, from 5-8pm. Head in from 4pm if you’d like to register for a spot on stage and throw down some tunes of your own.
The Harbour View Hotel’s buzzing open mic night happens down in the Oval Bar each Thursday, luring a solid collection of musicians to its stage from 7pm. Sort yourself out with a hard-earned pint and one of the kitchen’s value-packed $16 Thursday schnitzel-and-drink specials, then settle in for an evening of great local tunes.
Throw your support behind some live, local tunes at The Wanderer’s popular open mic night each Wednesday. You’ll enjoy a range of acts as they take the stage from 8pm until 11pm, while you tuck into treats from the tidy lineup of weekly food and drink specials.