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Best Open Mic Venues In Seattle

July 19, 2012 6:00 AM

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If you’re an aspiring artist or musicians itching to showcase your talents, you don’t need money or fame to show ‘em what you’ve got, you just need an audience. Open mic nights are the perfect vehicle for local performers to get on stage. However, as in any city, open mics are a dime a dozen. Where can you go where the mood and venue is causal? Where you can feel at home even if you have never been there? These five Seattle venues are the best places to perform as well as hear other great local talents.
nightlife music open mic fiddlers inn Best Open Mic Venues In Seattle

Photo Credit: Fiddler’s Inn via Facebook

Fiddler’s Inn
9219 35th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 525-0752
www.3pubs.com/Fiddler.html

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Open Mic: Mondays at 8:30 p.m.

This neighborhood pub in Wedgwood touts one of the city’s longest standing open mic nights. Every Monday, the show starts at 8:30 p.m., but if you’d like to participate, be sure to call the Inn early in the day to sign up. Fiddler’s offers a sizable selection of microbrews to wash down the bar food grub, an outdoor patio littered with picnic tables for lounging and friendly service in a cozy atmosphere.

3door Best Open Mic Venues In Seattle

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The Triple Door Musicquarium
216 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 838-4333
www.tripledoor.com

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Open Mic: First Wednesday of every month at 9 p.m.

Built in 1926, The Triple Door is one of Seattle’s oldest performance venues and features different musical talents every night on the main stage. The Musiquarium is the lounge just outside of the main doors, and offers up live music as well, but in a more casual setting. Where does The Triple Door get such a lovely name for its lounge? From its 1,900 gallon aquarium, of course. Open mic nights are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 9 p.m. For performers, sign up begins at 8 p.m.. each musical act is limited to 15 minutes only, so make it good! All acts are welcome.

nightlife music open mic murphy s pub Best Open Mic Venues In Seattle

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Murphy’s Pub
1928 North 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 634-2110
www.MurphySeattle.com

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Open Mic: Every Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Pub prides itself on foregoing the frills and remaining the same, down to earth bar it’s been since its doors first opened more than 30 years ago. With a history of offering its patrons live music, the Irish tradition is still kept alive today. While Monday nights showcase Irish jam sessions, Wednesday nights are allocated for local performers in an open mic night hosted by John Weiss. Challenge a friend to a game of darts (the loser buys the next round of Guinness), order the shepherd’s pie, relax and enjoy the show.

nightlife music open mic hopvine Best Open Mic Venues In Seattle

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Hopvine Pub
597 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 328-3120
www.3pubs.com/Hopvine.html

Open Mic: Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

There are two things you will always find at this Capitol Hill pub: a deliciously cold assortment of local beers and a weekly open mic night that’s sure to knock your socks off. Every Monday, musicians take the stage at Hopvine to entertain the crowds as they sip on IPAs and nosh on pizza and meatloaf sandwiches. While all acts are welcome to take the stage, patrons will usually find musicians and acoustic performers grooving on stage. The open mic nights, hosted by Scott Bellman, have signups begining at 8:30 p.m. with performances running from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Related: Top Jukebox Bars in Seattle

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The Gypsy Cafe & Pub
510 Stoneway N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-0647
www.gypsycafeseattle.com

Open Mic: Thursdays at 8 p.m.

The popular Gypsy Café is a refreshing, unique mix of restaurant, art gallery and neighborhood bar in the Freemont area. The cafe side of things serves up delicious food while the pub offers a great beer selection, wines of the world and Caffé Vita espresso drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Gypsy’s open mic nights are held every Thursday with signups at 7:30 p.m. and a show, hosted by Linda Lee, at 8 p.m. Lee likes to get in on the act as well and will offer her services as a back-up musician playing the keyboard, guitar or other instruments if you’d like.

Related: Best Small Venues for Acoustic Music in Seattle

Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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