507 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Hopvine offers an open mic every Wednesday with sign up beginning at 8:00 p.m. It’s actually one of the longest running open mics in Seattle. Kim Rueh, folk music expert for About.com, says that Hopvine provides one of the best open mics not just in Seattle, but in the whole country. “There’s always one or two performers who won’t blow your mind, but the quality of artists who show up at the Hopvine every Wednesday is really impressive,” she says.
5140 Ballard Ave NW
Ballard, WA 98107
Formerly known as “The Owl,” the Conor Byrne Pub has been an institution in the Ballard neighbhorhood for over 108 years. The spot is known for its music and, since 2006, Conor Byrne has hosted a very popular open mic. To play, you must sign up in person at 7:30 p.m. Each slot is allotted up to three songs. Showtime begins at 8:30 p.m. and continue through the end of the night.
712 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Do you think you’re funny? You might want to try out your skills at the Comedy Crater held on Monday nights. You might sign up in person before 6:30 p.m. and show time begins at 7:00 p.m. Each set is just four minutes long. (Those who are from out of town or had been bumped from the previous week get high priority.) Then, the fourth Monday of every month is dedicated for a “best of” showcase.
7001 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Known as one of the “homiest” places in Ballard, Grumpy D’s offers two opens each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Unlike other venues, this one is for all ages, so all the acts need to keep it clean and they serve a lot more than just coffee. You’ll find everything from juice to beer here, with lots of sandwiches and snacks to match. Sign ups for open mic are available until 6:15 p.m. each night. Each act is allowed two songs, or up to nine minutes. The open mic is open for all ages as well.
4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
The Columbia City Theatre holds their own special Tuesday Night Music Club “In the tradition of the Bluebird Café in Nashville” with sign-up taken at 7:30 p.m. and performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. There is no cover charge, which is hard to beat. As with all open mics, you never know who will end up playing, but Columbia City insists that numerous music industry professionals play here.
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