Entertainment Music Open Mic Nights in New York City Share PINTEREST Email Print Music Folk Music Top Picks Top Artists Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Classical Music Country Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Kim Ruehl Kim Ruehl is a folk music writer whose writing has appeared in Billboard, West Coast Performer, and NPR. She is also the Community Manager for the folk music magazine NoDepression. our editorial process Kim Ruehl Updated November 04, 2019 If you want to, you can go to open mic every single night of the week in New York. Trust me, I've done it. It's a great way to keep yourself in tip-top performer shape, which is necessary when you're competing for that 11:30 PM half-hour slot on a Wednesday night. Some of these places I've been to, some have popped up since I left NYC, and I've heard great things from my friends there. Good luck, and make sure you bring your CD with you wherever you go! SUNDAY Pete's Candy StoreBrooklyn/Williamsburg (5-8 PM)Pete's Candy Store is a great club in Williamsburg. Full of hipsters. I've never been to their open mic night, but the shows they put on there every other night of the week always feature some of the best local and regional bands. Vox Pop CoffeeshopBrooklyn/Flatbush (7:30 PM)This left-wing coffeeshop welcomes folksingers and poets for it's fabulous open mic. Of course, get there early for sign-up. MoPitkinsE. Village/Ave A (9 PM) The Perch CafeBrooklyn/5th Ave btw 5th & 6th (7 PM) MONDAY Cafe VivaldiW. Village/Jones St. (7 PM)Cafe Vivaldi has the reputation of drawing some of the best songwriters around. Get there early for sign-up, and get ready to be intimidated by the talent. Sidewalk CafeE. Village/Ave A (7:30)The king of NYC open mic nights. Sign up is at 7:30 (don't be late!) and is done lotto-style. My first time there, I was number 47. It goes all night (literally - til 3 AM sometimes), and you should be ready for an open mic experience like no other. CattyshackBrooklyn/4th Ave btw President & Carroll (9 PM)Sign up is at 8, there's a featured player until open mic starts at 9, and the show is hosted by Ilan Lieman and Caroline Murphy. $3 cover. TUESDAY Bar 4Brooklyn/Williamsburg (9 PM) The Lucky CatBrooklyn/Williamsburg (7 PM)Like any good open mic night, you should show up early - in this case, the sheet goes up at the bar at 6:30, and it fills up quickly. WEDNESDAY Nuyorican Poets CafeE. Village/E. 3rd St. (9:30) (first Wed. of each month)If you haven't been to the Nuyorican, GO! It's a great opportunity to hear some seriously fantastic poetry and hip-hop freestyling. Feeling gutsy? Get up and recite your song lyrics. It's a nice break from the same ol' same ol' open mic scene. Living Room LoungeBrooklyn/S. Park Slope (9 PM)This is another open mic/audition sort of situation, and a nice departure from the East Village and Williamsburg scenes. THURSDAY Mic Club at Lucky JackManhattan/129 Orchard St. (7:00 PM)This open mic has popped up long since I moved out of NYC, but takes place in the basement at Lucky Jack's every Thursday night. The LES bar stretches an entire city block, so it's hard to miss. FRIDAY Postcrypt CoffeehouseUWS/Columbia University (second Friday each month) (9 PM)This probably ranks number two on my list of the best open mics in New York. It's totally acoustic (no mics!) and a great community of folks. The fact that it's only once a month makes it hard to remember, but it's worth the Outlook reminder once a month. Sign up is at 8:20 sharp! SATURDAY Take a day off, for goodness sakes!