Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ section for quick solutions to common queries, here you'll find the answers you need conveniently laid out.

Show the doorman your email ticket receipt along with your ID. This email receipt will be your ticket to the show.

All our ticketed events are sold in advance online on our website. We do not sell tickets in advance at the venue. If a show is not sold out there are tickets for sale at the door. If a show does sell out, we will indicate it on the website and on social media. 

Yes! We currently offer steak and carnitas tacos, chili cheese dogs, Bavarian pretzels, and Jamaican beef patties.

The lot directly behind Cafe Nine on Crown St. is no longer available for customer parking. Do not park there or in the apartment lot opposite our Crown St. entrance. You will definitely be TOWED!

There is parking throughout the neighborhood on the street, which is metered until 9 PM. The meters are free on Sundays. We suggest you use the "State Fair" public parking lot diagonally across from our State St. entrance. Use the machine at the entrance to get a ticket for the amount of time you need to see the show. It is the cheapest alternative and completely safe. If this lot is full, there is another public lot on the corner of Orange and George St., only 2 blocks away.

All of our shows are 21+. Patrons under 21 must be accompanied by their legal parent or guardian to attend a show. 

Cafe Nine can be rented for private parties with some advance planning. Because of our scheduling, we are usually not available for spur-of-the-moment plans.

Since most of our deals are based on a percentage of the door proceeds, it is in your best interest to promote your show here aggressively to get people out to see you, revel in your music, and help you make some money. Send us some posters and put the show out there on all your social media and email lists. Word of mouth is still the best, so tell all your friends personally. We also have a large media and radio list available for you. Just ask us to send it to you or your publicist. We also promote all the shows on our own social media outlets, so feel free to send along any videos or promo pictures you'd like for us to use when we promote your show. 

We suggest, before you email us, that you first network within the New Haven local music community and find a band that is of the same style. Offer them a gig in your area in exchange for setting up a show here with them at Cafe Nine.

Cafe Nine is a small room with good acoustics, and our PA provides clear amplification to fill the space. We provide all microphones, cables and D.I.'s, as well as an in-house sound technician. If you are booked here and have special sound needs, let us know and we can usually make it work.

As far as a gear list and backline, we have the following available for all bands to use:

-Midas M32R 16-channel digital mixer with onstage snake 

-Stereo mains, center fill, and subwoofer

-4 separate onstage floor monitors mixes

-Fender Hot Rod Deluxe guitar amp

-Fender Blues Junior guitar amp 

-Ampeg Reverberocket guitar amp

-Hartke bass cab with Behringer head 


Please submit all press kits electronically to [email protected]  Include anything you think we should know about your band, some music, and the dates you are looking for. We no longer accept mailed demo submissions or take phone calls at the venue regarding booking.

We have standardized load-in and sound check times for all of our shows. If these time frames won't work, reach out to us and we can work together to make it work. 

WEEKDAY SHOWS (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

*Load in: 5 - 6 PM

*Sound check: 6 - 7 PM

*Doors: 7 PM

*Show starts: 8 PM


*Load in: 5 - 7 PM

*Sound check: 7 - 8 PM

*Doors: 8 PM

*Show starts: 9 PM


On Saturday afternoons, we have a weekly jazz jam that goes from 4 - 7 PM. This can make load-in and sound check a little trickier than other days of the the week, but if we both work together it's easy to get a good sound check in. If you feel you need a little extra time, let us know in advance and we can cut the jazz jam short by 15 or 20 minutes. 

*Load in: 6:30 - 7 PM

*Sound check: 7 - 8 PM

*Doors: 8 PM

*Show starts: 9 PM


*Load in and sound check: 3 - 4 PM

*Show starts: 4 PM

Connect With Cafe Nine

Contact us directly at [email protected]