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This Wednesday, the Berkeley Slam is excited to present our first ever SUPPORT THE BAR SLAM! We’ve been at the Starry Plough since the very first slam nearly fifteen years ago, and with all the love and support we’ve gotten from them, we want to give some back. This will be a night of drinks and the drinking thereof, with drinking games and drink specials for poets and audience alike!

Read on for the rules!


Sign up works the same: the list opens at 7:30 and closes at 8:10, with ten poets* chosen through random draw. The twist: when it’s your turn, you come on stage and draw a second number. The audience will chant up until that number, and it’s your job to chug your drink until they stop. Failure results in a penalty game!

That’s not all for the audience, however. Everyone who buys a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic!) gets a free slam bingo card. Take a drink every time you hear one of the squares. First one to bingo gets a free drink!

* All competing poets must be 21+ and will be asked to show ID after the draw is completed. All poets are required to buy at least one drink for the game, with subsequent drinks offered at a discount.



June 25: Battle of the Bay!
July 2: Sam Sax
July 9: Tova Charles and Zai Sadler
July 16: Return of the Poet Swap! Come watch your favorite poets do poems inspired by your OTHER favorite poets!

3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

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