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FAQ

General Business - Hours / Parking / Directions / Etc.

What is your address?

230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472. See map and more info.

Is there free parking?

We have 200+ free parking spaces out front.

We want to eat before the show. Will we need reservations?

Yes, we STRONGLY recommend a reservation in the Tavern at least 90 minutes before the show. Reservations can be made by phone (707-829-7300) or on-line with Open Table through our website: Hopmonk Sebastopol. You will also find a convenient link for restaurant reservations when purchasing tickets online. If you call, please let our host know that you if you are attending the show. For online reservations please let us know in the “special requests” box that you plan to attend the show.

Can I get food in the Abbey?

We do not offer food in the Abbey, unless noted otherwise.   Except on Open Mic Nights on Tuesdays.  We recommend making a reservation through OPEN TABLE in the Tavern before the show if you would like to eat - it's a good idea to allow 90 minutes for dining on a busy night.

When is last call?

Depending on the show, but never later than 1:30 a.m.

Will I get a seat?

Most of our shows have limited or no seating. Show designated “an evening with” – are generally seated shows. Most seated shows have seating offered at different prices, you can review those details and a seating chart on our website under each specific performance. Remember you can always take a break from the show and find a seat in our beautiful beer garden next to The Abbey.

I am handicapped, will I get a seat?

Of course, if you have special needs just inform our staff and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

Can people under 21 attend?

Only on selected shows and Open Mic Tuesdays.

What types of identification do you accept?

We accept only valid identifications with a photo and a physical description. Temporary driver’s licenses are not valid.

I only have a Passport, can I get in to the show?

Yes. If you have an International Passport, we can accept that as long as there is the physical description.

Can I get all 16 drafts in the Abbey also?

You bet. We serve all 16 fresh, seasonal drafts beers, local, regional and international to enjoy with the show. Live Beer / Fresh Music!

Do you offer non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers?

Yes. Please let your server know that you’re the designated driver for the evening and we’ll serve you NA drinks like coffee and sodas for free.

Is there a designated smoking area?

We have a smoking area outside in the West Beer Garden. Smoking is never allowed in the main beer garden or under the tent.

Are there restrooms in the Beer Garden?

Yes. The freestanding building in the beer garden has full access restrooms.

What happens when I leave my credit credit card?

If we find it we’ll hold it for you in the office (it happens all the time).

What happens to the Beer Garden in the winter?

We put up the big, heated tent.

Free Wifi?

Yes – In the Tavern or Beer Garden look for HOPMONK (upper case). If you’re in the Abbey or Beer Garden look for hopmonk (lower case).

Are there any local hotels you’d recommend?

You bet…

Fairfield Inn and Suites
1101 Gravenstein Highway South
Sebastopol, CA 95472
866-388-4979
www.winecountryhi.com

Doubletree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-586-9726
Website

Cab companies you’d recommend?

You bet! We strongly encourage our guests to drink responsibly! Our staff/security will gladly call a taxi for you at anytime. And remember, let our staff know if you are the DD, and you can receive your non-alcoholic drink on the house (ex: coffee, tea, soda, juice)!

Lover’s Vineyard and Taxi (Sebastopol)
707-823-2600

Sebastopol Sam’s Taxi (Sebastopol)
707-823-8883

Yellow Taxi (Santa Rosa)
707-544-4444

Can I bring my dog?

Your well-trained dog is welcome with us. Please follow these common sense guidelines. Dogs are welcome in the beer garden only and common areas only, service dogs excepted. No dogs on tables. Dogs must be on a leash. Please clean up after your animal and be aware that we generally have lots of kids in the beer garden.

Do you have space for private functions?

Absolutely! Check out the PLAN EVENTS section of this website for galleries and a contact form.

When are you open?

We are open every day of the year except Christmas and Thanksgiving.  11:30 a.m. open - food ends usually around 9:30, 10 pm and beyond when the business and weather warrants it. We seat for lunch and dinner in the Tavern and the Beer Garden.

Shows in the Abbey

What door is used to enter the Abbey?

It depends on the show and the weather conditions. If it is not obvious please ask our host.

Is it OK to take photographs of the shows?

Most of the time it is, no flash please. For higher profile and national touring bands please ask management permission. Remember to post your best shots on our new Facebook page.

May I record the show? Audio/Video

Not without the permission of the artist and/or Hopmonk Tavern.

How can I get a monthly calendar – when is it published?

You can find a printable version at our website by going to the "Live Music" section or drop by the Tavern and ask our host for one. Normally by the third week of every month we will have a new calendar for the following month.

What time are your shows?

Our shows start at different times. Please consult our website for details: Hopmonk Sebastopol.

Do all of your shows have an opening act?

No, if there is an opening act they typically go on 45 minutes to an hour before the headliner.

Are beer garden performances free?

Yes – all beer garden shows are free. This is a great way to see some select, up and coming singer songwriters. Many of these musicians you will be paying to see very soon. We pay and feed the artists, but they still love tips!

Do you have an Open Mic?

Yes! Open Mic is hosted every Tuesday Night by Evan Kottle. This is a great night to hear free, great quality, local music and entertainment. Check it out. You might be amazed.

Can I purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, for most of our shows. We encourage you to buy tickets at Hopmonk Sebastopol in advance. The exceptions would be Monday Night Edutainment, Open Mic and free shows.

Where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased through our website via Hopmonk Sebastopol or at the Tavern Bar.

Will I get a hard ticket?

No. Here’s how it works:

  • TICKETS ONLINE
    When purchasing tickets online please remember to print out the confirmation and bring that with you to the show. When you arrive, please check in at the door with your ID and confirmation.
  • IN THE TAVERN
    If you purchase tickets in the Tavern Bar your name is put on our Will-Call list. It’s a good idea to retain your receipt and bring it to the show. Please be prepared to show ID.

What’s the deal with the online In-Ticketing fee?

There is a service fee associated with the purchase of a ticket on line. By purchasing your ticket in advance, you will be assured that you will get in to the show in the event of a sell out at the door. You are also making a contribution to the environment with In-Ticketing’s One tree planted per ticket sold program.

One tree planted per ticket sold. In 2003, In Ticketing partnered with Trees for the Future, an organization dedicated to regenerating the earth by planting trees. This organization has been helping communities around the world plant trees through seed distribution and agroforestry training. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations. In Ticketing has sponsored the planting of hundreds of thousands trees to date.

Can I leave tickets for a friend?

Sure, we will ask you for your friends name and contact information.

Can I reserve a ticket and pay later?

No, we require that all tickets must be paid in full prior to the show.

Can I get the prepay discount on my tickets If I purchase them in the Tavern the day of the show?

No, to receive the prepay discount you must purchase you tickets before the day of the show.

If I am unable to make the show after purchasing tickets can I get my money back?

No, sorry.  All ticket sales are final, but you can transfer them to a friend.  Just call in advance and let us know who's coming.  They will need to show proper ID at will call to use your tickets.  Refunds are given only if an event is cancelled.

Can I purchase tickets over the phone?

Sorry -- We like the idea too, but we have to have the id with the card to make a credit card purchase.

Do you take credit + debit cards?

Yes. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover when purchasing a ticket on line or beforehand in the tavern. You do need to have cash on hand to purchase tickets at the door the night of the show. If you don’t, then purchase your tickets in the Tavern and keep you receipt on your way through the Tavern to the Abbey.

Tuesday Open Mic

Where is the open mic held?

In the Abbey where all of our big shows happen. You will have the opportunity to perform on a professional stage and enjoy the space where the big guys like Leon Russell, Jefferson Starship, Lyrics Born, David Grissman, Jackie Green and many others have performed.

How do I sign up?

Sign-ups are at 7:00 in the Abbey. Be there on time or even early, there is usually a line.

What time does it start and end?

7:30 PM to 11:30 PM.

How long do I get to play?

2 songs or 10 minutes, which ever come first. If you play 2 songs that are 3 minutes long then you have used your time. If you play one song that is 10 minutes long, it better be good.

How do I become a featured act?

Every week there is a featured act which is selected by the host. This performer gets 20 minutes during prime time to shine.

What is the Woodwork Sessions?

Woodwork Sessions is when the best of the open mic get to shine. Every three months, three or more acts are selected from the open mic to share a night in the Abbey.

Can anybody play?

Yes. All kinds of people show up, from first timers to old pros.

Can I be the host?

No! That job belongs to Bill DeCarli. He can be contacted at: bill@hopmonk.com

Do I have to play music?

Absolutely not! We have had comedians, jugglers, poets, beat boxers and even hula hoopers. We only ask that you keep your cloths on. Well most of you anyway…

I have a CD that I want to sing to, do you have a CD player?

No, but if you bring your iPod we can run it through the PA.

Do I have to bring microphones or anything like that?

Nope, we have it all covered. We have a professional venue with all the bells and whistles.

Do you supply amplifiers?

No, but we have direct boxes so that you can plug in to the system. If you play electric guitar and want some crunch or other effects you should bring your own amp or foot pedals.

Can playing the open mic lead to a gig at HopMonk?

It most certainly can! We are always looking for good musicians to play in our beer garden, and even pull the occasional opener from the open mic. Some open mic’ers have even booked to play shows.

Who does the booking for the beer garden?

Our General Manager, Bill DeCarli.

Do you have to be 21 to attend?

No and Yes. This is one of the few all age’s evenings in the Abbey, but only until 10:00 PM, when we ask the kids to go home. We are all about giving everyone a chance to perform and hone their skills.

Can my band play?

You bet. However remember this is an open mic and there isn’t a lot of time to set up and break down. We recommend that folks, especially drummers, bring the minimum amount of gear to get the job done.

Can I buy the host a beer?

Yep, Evan is particularly fond of Lagunitas 'Lil Sumpin these days!

Can we eat in the Abbey during Open Mic?

You bet! As long as the kitchen is open.

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