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Wednesdays at the Cantab: Boston Poetry Slam

The Boston Poetry Slam holds a weekly show every Wednesday downstairs at the Cantab Lounge. This is the flagship show of the Boston Poetry Slam and the entire night is devoted to the craft, performance, and enjoyment of poetry only.

The cover charge is $3, or $5 for special events. No tickets are sold in advance. The poetry show is strictly 18+ (all other shows at the Cantab are 21+!) and a photo ID is required to enter the venue. No outside drink is allowed— please patronize the bar— but you may bring food and eat it in the venue. Regrettably, the basement of the Cantab is not handicap-accessible.

Doors open at approximately 7:15 for an 8:00 poetry-only open mic. The venue has a strict capacity of 100 persons with seating for approximately 75; if you want to sit down for the first part of the show, you will need to arrive before 8:00. Large parties are strongly advised to arrive in a timely manner, as the show frequently sells out.

There is a short break after the open mic at approximately 10:00, during which some seats usually free up for incoming crowd. (If the feature is popular, do not expect seats to become available.) After the break, the featured poet or event begins. Standard features last for 30 minutes and featured slams last about 75 minutes, after which there is a second break to permit our featured poets to vend their product and chat with fans.

On nights when there is an open poetry slam, the slam begins around 11:00 and generally finishes by midnight. On most nights, the downstairs venue closes by 12:30.

For directions and parking, click here. For more information about how to ensure yourself a seat or a spot on the open mic, see our FAQ.