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.***
Regular Events at the Starry Plough:
Every Friday and Saturday night we present live bands---from local favorites to national/international touring artists. Doors at 8pm/Music at 9pm. Cover charge varies. Check the calendar for upcoming shows!
Every Sunday afternoon its an all ages Sunday matinee featuring everything from local and touring artists to theme based events. Always free & all ages. 4pm-7pm. Check the calendar for upcoming shows!
Irish Music & Dancing
1st Sundays: Advanced Irish Session featuring instrumentals by invited players. 8pm/Donation.
2nd & 4th Sundays: Traditional Irish Session led by Shay Black. Players & songs welcome! 8pm/Donation.
3rd Sundays: Traditional Irish Session led by Peter Kasin. Players & songs welcome! 8pm/Donation.
5th Sundays: Traditional Irish Session led by The Elderberries. Players & songs welcome! 8pm/Donation.
Every Monday: Irish Dance & Céilí hosted by John Slaymaker Dance lessons at 7pm. Music and Dancing at 9pm. $5 suggested donation
Open Mic Night
Every Tuesday, the Starry Plough’s award winning open mic with host Joan Pez. Sign Up at 7:30pm, FREE
Berkeley Poetry Slam
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: email@example.com.
Sign ups begin at 8:00pm. $7 cover.
Cash prizes every week!
Berkeley Funk Night
Every Thursday night enjoy a 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!
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.