Posted - 19/07/2012 : 18:35:52
| I'll expand as I find others.
Ian Prowse, Cavern pub (opposite Cavern club). Original numbers only. House kit minus cymbals etc. Solo, bands. Gets good audience.
The Brink, Tom O'Rourke host, Parr Street (find Bold St and then Slater street and four streets along and left). Originals only has limited facilities for bands but usually solos or acoustic performers. Good PA. NON ALCOHOLIC pub! Great for a wake-up coffee.
Parr St Jazz (Parrjazz). Jazz booked artists until about 11.30 and then a few open slots. Fairly high standard as expected of a jazz venue so you need reasonable chops. Usually using the res drummers kit, Danny, very friendly and very good drummer.
£3 entrance but if you have the confidence to sign in as a player you get in for free.
Tuesdays. The guys from Brinks sometimes get in there after their slots as it's 100 yds up from the Brink on Parr St.
The Swinging Arm, Birkenhead. Church St (find New Chester Rd between the tunnel entrance[from Liverpool that's a U Turn at the Birkenhead end of the "old" tunnel} and the Woodside Ferry bus station and turn down any street between it and the river and you will find the Swinging Arm.
Guy is the host and provides all equipment, tatty but quite playable (maybe take cymbals!). Very friendly. Good stage.
Soft Rock Cafe, Liscard, Wallasey Rd. Host Jai. Open mic, small stage. No kit so mainly vox acoustic acts
Nice little bar
I should also mention Scallywag on the Pen & Wig Harrington Street (parallel to Mathew ST and a block up the hill)
Not strictly an open mic night but they do have regular guests among their spot of Country rock and blues standards and if you wave a guitar case at them and say you're from out of town and it's convenient they'll sometimes have the odd duo or even band for a nuber or two (NOT GUARANTEED). Small kit good sound.
But it's a good night if you like what they do and that's on mondays but they start at around 7.30 and finish about 9.30/10 and is a good warm up if you're going to the Ian Prowse Mondays at the Cavern pub. Band is sometimes wonderfully irreverent to each other and the audience.
Sitting on top of the mountain isn't the most interesting bit of the climb. Sitting at the bottom aint much fun either.