The Starry Plough is a full service restaurant, pub and nightclub that has been a staple of the East Bay scene since 1973. With deep roots as an Irish Revolutionary watering hole, the history of protest runs as deep today as it did when we opened four decades ago.
We have entertainment and events 7 days a week, and feature the best acts from the Bay Area and beyond. Scroll down for regular features, and our monthly print calendar (or pick one up at the pub!). Consult the Calendar for more details on our weekend live music and special guests, listen to our Deli Radio Station for a sneak peak at performing artists and join the mailing list for regular updates.
***note: the website is currently under re-construction; please bear with us and consult the below print calendar for the most current show info.***
Nightly Events at the Starry Plough:
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Every Friday and Saturday night we present live bands---from local favorites to national/international touring artists. Doors at 8pm/Music at 9pm. Check the calendar for upcoming shows & more details!
Suds, Snacks & Socialism
Community forum every 1st Saturday, led by the Alameda County Peace & Freedom Party on a different topic each month. Check the calendar for details. 2-4:30pm. FREE
Every Sunday afternoon we host an all ages matinee featuring everything from local and touring artists to theme based events. Always free & all ages. 4pm-7pm. Check the calendar for upcoming shows!
Every Sunday evening we present a traditional Irish music session featuring instrumentals & vocals. Players and singers welcomed! Starting at 8pm/no cover. Donations appreciated. (Note: first Sundays Advanced Session is instruments only & invited players).
Irish Dance & Céilí
Hosted by John Slaymaker Dance lessons at 7pm. Music and Dancing at 9pm. $5 suggested donation
Every Tuesday, the Starry Plough’s award winning open mic with host Joan Pez. Sign Up begin at 7:30pm and last until 8pm. Random drawing determines order (to keep things fair) and under-21 performances before 10pm. NO COVER.
Every Wednesday it’s the iconic Berkeley Poetry Slam, led by slammaster Jaz Sufi and hosted by Sam Sax, Tim "Toaster" Henderson, Sevan, and Dre with music from either Three Blind Mice Improv Jazz Band or DJ Freeze. Each week features a special guest poet. Check TBS out on their website and on Facebook and Twitter. Info and Booking Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign ups begin at 8:00pm. $7 cover.
Cash prizes every week!
Every Thursday night enjoy a glorious no-cover live show of Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Latin Music Dance Party with house band Bear Country Funk featuring special guest musicians each week! Check the calendar for specifics.
Every Thursday from 5pm-7pm with its drink specials and freestyle jams by local Berkeley regulars, The Lost Hippies. FREE.