Open Mics List

DISCLAIMER: Open Mics are always subject to change. It’s possible that one on this list may have experienced a change in schedule, venue and/or active status, so please check before heading out. Do a Google search, check Eventbrite, or call.

NOTE: FOR VENUES WITH A VARIED SCHEDULE OR NEW ADDITIONS TO THIS LIST, CHECK OUT THE “VARIOUS” SECTION AT THE END. CONTACT VENUE OR SEARCH ONLINE (FACEBOOK/IG SEARCH OF OPEN MIC NAME) TO FIND OUT WHEN’S THEIR NEXT UPCOMING EVENT.

MONDAYS

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Every Monday, 8 PM – 11 PM (Doors Open 6 PM)

@ Red Lobster – Harlem, NY

261 W. 125th Street (next to Apollo Theater)

Hosted by The Real Brother Earl Majette

Free Admission (Food/drink purchase to support venue is requested)

A great way to start your poetry week–with those Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits and what the host, Brother Earl, refers to as “edutainment.” This is not just a poet’s open mic, as on any given night there will also be actors, comedians, dancers, freestylers, musicians, rappers and singers.


PERFORMANCE POETS ASSOCIATION OPEN MIC NIGHT

Usually SECOND MONDAYS, 7 pm – 8:45 pm @ Starbucks in Little Neck

Starbucks, 254-21 Horace Harding Expressway, Little Neck, NY, 718-428-2489

Hosted by James Thomas Romano

All welcome to perform their artistic experience: poets, musicians, storytellers, spoken word, singers, comic relief. Enjoy good conversation, coffee, tea, tasty food, and more with a diverse mix of cutting edge culture in Queens.

Previous Notable Quotables & Highlights:

* “Anyone worth their salt can smell the sea from across the room.” – Jim Singer

* Featured Poet, Margarett Wahl, recites odes to Robin Williams, 34B breast cancer breasts, special ed students, the end credits of “Boardwalk Empire,” and her mother, which opens with the line: “My mom had a gun…”; Margareth Debrosse provides robust wordplay–a double entendre that can rival the strongest Starbucks blend–as she marvels, “What an accentuating baguette.”

* Open mic’er, M.A. Dennis, dedicates a pantyhose-related poem to Radar of M*A*S*H Unit 4077; Haiku Master, Cliff, stays true to tradition and performs nature haiku, as well as tanka and senryu; Judy Turek gives a lesson in Facebook math: how you can have 140 friends and 139 of them don’t respond to your post.

* “What’s unsaid is what makes a life.” – Alan Walowitz reading from his book, The Story of the Milkman and other poems


OPEN MIC MONDAY

Every Monday, 9 pm @ Nuyorican Poets Café

236 E. 3rd St. (Lower East Side), New York, NY

Admission: $8 (NOTE: Only first 25 people can sign-up!)

Play a song, show your stand-up, read a poem — perform in any genre you want. You get 5 minutes to show one piece, so impress and make it count.

TUESDAYS

THE RISK OF DISCOVERY READING SERIES POETRY WORKSHOP & OPEN MIC

Usually Third Tuesday of the month, 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

@ BLUE CUPS Coffee Shop – Woodside, Queens

38-4 61st Street (1.5 blocks from 7 train’s 61st St-Woodside subway station)

Hosted by Micah Zevin

Free Admission with $5 Food/Drink Purchase from Venue

All are welcome: Friends, Poets, Slam Poets, Rappers, Singers/Songwriters, Acoustic Guitar Players, etc.

The host, Micah, curates an open mic that is truly designed for those who want to focus on the craft of writing, as opposed to just getting to perform your five minutes of fame (which these days seems more like infamy, but I digress…). It’s a cozy venue, and the writing prompts given out prior to the open mic give it a unique feel. Also, Micah may have one of the best sign-offs in the Open Mic realm: “Remember: Keep risking; keep discovering.”


FAT TUESDAY’S OPEN MIC

Every Third Tuesday, 7 PM – 10 PM

@ Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center, Inc.

1942 Amsterdam Ave. @ 156th St., New York, NY 10032, (212) 862-3680

Featuring Aquah Tcherbu, Atiba Wilson, Ngoma Hill, and YOU!

Admission: $7

Poets Backed By Live Music – Where Music Meets Spoken Words.

All Poets, Singers & Musicians Welcome.

Lucille’s Vegan Lemon Cake. That’s one of the first things I saw the first time I attended this open mic. It was like a sign from my maternal grandmother in heaven that Sister’s would be a good poetry spot for me. There’s something special—spiritual even—about a group of musicians playing improvisational Afrocentric rhythms to accompany your poetry. The whole process is unrehearsed and organic, so much so that there’s not even a formal host or sign up sheet; you kind of just get in wherever you can fit in: like double dutch, if someone finishes their piece and there’s a pause in the air signifying the rope turning has slowed down, stand up and jump right on in. If you’d like a taste of the delicious vegan cake sold at Sister’s, you’ll have to head on over there; but if you just want a sample of what the vibe is like, you can listen to this Soundcloud posting of a poem I performed at Sister’s: http://bit.ly/2LIwqfd.


THE OPEN MIC UNDER ST. MARKS

Every Tuesday, 9:30 PM

@ The UNDER St. Mark’s Theater (in basement – no wheelchair access)

94 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10009, 212-777-6088

Admission: $4 (Tickets available online & at the door)

Sign-ups get 7 Minutes

At The Mic Under ST. Marks the focus is the stage! Try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you’ll find a home in the attentive welcoming community at UNDER St. Marks.

I heard about this open mic while waiting for my cheeseburger at Five Guys. The cashier was telling a crew member about an upcoming show. That was a mighty fine tasting cheeseburger I had—with all those delicious free toppings: grilled onions, jalapenos, mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, tomato, green peppers and A-1 steak sauce—and for that reason I’m going to assume this open mic has some flavor to it and won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Looking forward to checking it out.


TUESDAY NIGHT OPEN MIC

Every Tuesday, 8 pm (8 pm Sign-Up, 8:30 pm Performances)

@ Little Skips – Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

941 Willoughby Ave. (at point of intersection with Myrtle Ave.), (718) 484-0980

Directions: J train to Myrtle and walk.

Hosted by Joe Crow Ryan

All Ages, Performers & Genres Welcomed and Encouraged (Music, Spoken Word, Poetry, Performance Art, Dance, Comedy, Anything Goes) – This is a “Dojo of Shamelessness” if you will. Keyboard, Amps & Microphones provided.

Beer, Wine, Sake Available (w/ ID) – No BYOB.

Admission: One-something is suggested minimum, cash only. (No one turned away for lack of funds.)

Safe space. Zero-tolerance for misogyny, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, fat phobia, or anything of that nature.


POETRY OPEN MIC

Every Tuesday, 7 pm @ Red Pipe Café, 718-224-8359

7160 Austin St. (Forest Hills), Queens, NY

Directions: E/F/M/R train to 71st & Continental

A free open space for poets to share their work. Support the venue.


FIRST TUESDAYS OPEN MIC/READING SERIES

First Tuesdays (September through June) /*ON HIATUS*

7 pm – 8:30 pm (Open mic sign-up starts at 6:30 pm)

@ Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St., Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Curated by Richard Jeffrey Newman

Keep performance limited to 3 minutes.

$5 Minimum food/beverage purchase at counter required.


Stranger Times with Phoebe Blue Open Mic

Every Tuesday, 8:30 pm Sign Up (Starts 9 pm Sharp) @ Liedy’s Shore Inn, 748 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, 718-447-9240

Anything goes. Basic set up sound situation. Depending on length of list, 2 pieces or 8 minutes. May have feature artists. Please buy drinks/food, be respectful so this stays afloat!


WordVomit Poets presents Erotix Open Mic

Every Tuesday, 8 pm @ Moca Lounge

RSVP through Eventbrite

WEDNESDAYS

ROCKY PRESENTS ALL THAT! HIP HOP, POETRY & JAZZ OPEN MIC

First Wednesdays, 9 pm @ Nuyorican Poets Café

236 E. 3rd St. (Lower East Side), New York, NY

Hosted by Wiseguy & Gaston


Soul of Vaudeville Open Mic

Wednesdays? (Call First)

Hosted by JP Justice

Moca Bar & Lounge / 212-665-8081 / 2210 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Harlem, NY)

A variety of art forms. Admission is usually free with a food/drink minimum. 

THURSDAYS

ESSPERIENCE THURSDAYS OPEN MIC

Select Thursdays, 7 PM – 11 PM

@ Stratosphere Lounge, 227 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

With Feature Performer; Hosted by Essence Da Entertainer

Cover: $7 (Drinks Available)


WORD UP CAFE OPEN MIC

Every Thursday

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

@ Word Up Café – Brooklyn, NY

652 Pennsylvania Ave. (between New Lots & Hegeman), 718-272-4070

Directions: Take 3 Train to Pennsylvania Ave., or B15/B83/B20 bus to Pennsylvania & New Lots Ave.

Hosted by Quindel

Admission: Make a purchase and SUPPORT THE VENUE.


NeuroNautic Institute Presents…

Fourth? Thursday of the Month – Feature Poets & Open Mic

The Red Room – KGB Lit and Bar, 85 E. 4th St., 3rd Floor

No cover. 2 drink minimum. 21 and up. Hosted by Matthew Hupert


ETG Thursday Open Mic – SOMETIMES (Call First)

7 – 9 PM @ Every Thing Goes Bookstore Café – Staten Island, NY

208 Bay Street – (718) 447-8256

$3 Suggested donation. Good food, desserts and beverages for sale.


Life*Vest*Poetry Open Mic

Schedule Varies (Call First)

St. George Library (Staten Island), 5 Central Ave, 718-442-8560

6 pm – 8 pm


Poets Settlement Featured Poet & Open Mic

Usually Second Thursdays

8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Halyards

406 3rd Ave, corner of 6th St & 3rd Ave, BROOKLYN, NY, 718-532-8787

Poetry Only / 15 3-minute Slots Available to Perform / Sign Up Online (Link available on Facebook Event); non-rsvp slots may be available at venue


Open Mic Renegades Presents: Artefix Thursday

Monthly Open Mic for All Art Forms

7 pm – 11 pm

@ ARTEFIX New York / 38-02 61st St, QUEENS, NY 

Either 1-2 poems/songs (Total Stage Time must be Under 7 minutes)

$10 – Admission / $6 – Performers / Student ID – Free

Email openmicrenegades at gmail for more info.


Mona Bode’s Mic Fiends

Thursdays

Open Mic hosted by Kool Breeze

Moca Bar & Lounge / 2210 Frederick Douglass Blvd, Harlem, NY / 212-665-8081

Admission is usually free with a food/drink purchase. 

FRIDAYS

STARK REALITY OPEN MIC

Select Fridays (for next upcoming date email: spunkypoetress @ aol .com)

7 pm

@ 353 Studios, 353 W. 48th Street (2nd Floor), btwn 8th & 9th Ave

“An Open Mic for the Open Mind!” with Feature Performers

Hosted by Viviana / Music by alter-ego DJ Viv

$3 Cover

The last time I went to Stark Reality I saw a sturdy 3-shelf metal stand that had been placed outside for garbage pick-up; it’s now a furnishing in my apartment. You know what they say: one person’s trash….

There’s treasure to be found on host Viviana’s sign-up sheet. For example: Fredrick Todd Smith, who suffers severely from Parkinson’s, calls in to perform songs such as “Johnny Angel” and poems like “The Dollar Store Queen.” In a piece entitled “The Paper Tiger,” he says, “I brought myself a tambourine so I could applaud myself.”

Ken Taylor, a retired bus driver of 26 years, who didn’t kill anyone–but “came close numerous times,” sings a folksy rock song about “Life Bites” and the need to bite back.

Comedian Russ delivers hilarious inappropriateness with lines such as: Jodie Foster kept Buffalo Bill from living out his dreams; a priest fondling my scrotum taught me the meaning of the word “sack-religious.”


WORD UP CAFE OPEN MIC

Every Friday, 7:30 PM – 9 PM @ Word Up Café – Brooklyn, NY

652 Pennsylvania Ave. (between New Lots & Hegeman), 718-272-4070

Directions: Take 3 Train to Pennsylvania Ave., or B15/B83/B20 bus to Pennsylvania & New Lots Ave.

Hosted by City

Admission: Make a purchase and SUPPORT THE VENUE.


THE ARTIST COLLECTIVE PRESENTS: ANATOMY OF AN IDEA

First Fridays

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm (Community Discussion: 7:30-8:30pm / Open Mic: 8:30-10:30pm)

An Interactive Open Mic where Art meets Activism & Social Change

Artistic Director: Ibrahim Asad Siddiq

@ El Fogon Art Center, 989 Home Street, Bronx, NY, 646-229-6224

Directions: Take 2/5 Train to Freeman Ave. Exit near intersection of Freeman Ave. Walk east on Freeman (up the hill) 2 blocks. Make right on Vyse Ave. El Fogon is on the corner of Vyse & Home.

Free & Open To The Public


WEST PARK NYC OPEN MIC

Every Friday

Mic opens at 8 PM / Sign-up starts at 7:30 PM (Sheet fills up fast!)

@ West-Park Presbyterian Church (Upper West Side)

165 W. 86th St. & Amsterdam, New York, NY, 212-362-4890

(At the 86th St entrance, ring the bell marked “Chapel”)

Free. Everyone is welcome. Beverages available.

The best open mic venue on the Upper West Side. Bring your Talent, Song, Poetry, Comedy, Spoken word, Rap, Dance, Magic, Juggling, or anything else you can think of.

SATURDAYS

NATIONAL WRITERS UNION (NWU) OPEN MIC

First Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted)

2 PM – 4:30 PM

(Open Mic ends at 4:15, so there’s time to clean up, stack the chairs and network.)

@ The Muhlenberg New York Public Library

209 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY, (212) 924-1585

Admission free. All talents are encouraged to attend.


WORDS: HIP HOP & POETRY SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC WITH WISEGUY & GASTON

Every Third Saturday

10 PM

@ Nuyorican Poets Café

236 E. 3rd St. (Lower East Side), New York, NY

Directions: F train to 2nd Avenue or J/M/Z to Essex/Delancey

Hosted by Wiseguy & Gaston

Admission: $13 at the door, $10 with Student ID

WORDS was created by Rocky LaMontagne & Bobbito the Barber to give young up-and-coming poets & emcees the opportunity to showcase their work to an audience of their peers. The open mic gives new artists a chance to perform in front of an audience. Notable past performers: Mos Def, Saul Williams.


WHO NEEDS HEALING? SERIES Open Mic with featured readers

Second? Saturday @ Hanuman Lounge, located above ETG Bookstore & Café, 208 Bay Street – 2nd Floor, Staten Island, hanumanlounge .org

BYOBruises. Bring blanket, towel, yoga mat — no chairs. There’s usually a theme, but poems performed can be different from theme. Free event. Donation bucket passed around to keep Hanuman Lounge afloat. Sponsored by The Edgewater Reading Series and NYSAI Press. Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro


ETG OPEN MIC

Last Saturday, 7 – 10 PM

@ Every Thing Goes Bookstore Café – Staten Island, NY

208 Bay Street – (718) 447-8256

Directions: Multiple buses from S.I. Ferry’s St. George Terminal

Share your music, words, and more. All creative modalities are invited to the Neighborhood Stage at the ETG Open Mic: poets, musicians, video-makers, comedians, mime artists, monologue-ists, visual artists. (Note: “Every Thing Goes” is a name that applies to their parent thrift store and not a license for parental advisory material. One can expect a general audience.) Sign-up when you arrive using the sheet on the front of the stage. Allotted time is 2 pieces. (Max time is 10 minutes. Double-check with host to be sure.) Suggested $3 donation. Good food, desserts and beverages for sale.


BROWNSTONE POETS (Monthly? Open Mic)

Select Saturday, 2:30 PM @ Park Plaza Restaurant (718-596-5900)

220 Cadman Plaza West (near Clark St. and Pineapple Walk), Brooklyn Heights

Directions: Take A or C to High St, 2 or 3 to Clark St., R to Court St., or 4/5 to Borough Hall

Feature performers plus open mic. $5 Donation plus food/drink. Curated by Patricia Carragon.


What’s The Word On Cherry Street Poetry Slam

Every First Saturday of the Month, 6 – 9 PM

@ Atelier Rosal, 848-236-5027, 74 E. Cherry St., Rahway, New Jersey

$10 to Slam. Winner takes the prize.

SUNDAYS

Fahrenheit Open Mic

First Sunday, 7 – 10 PM (sign up at 6:30 pm)

@ Black & White Bar, 212-253-0246, 86 E. 10th St

Age 21+ / 2 drink minimum / Everyone gets 5 min to show off their best work / Hosted by Linda Kleinbub and Jennifer Juneau


NYC’s POETRY OPEN MIC

Every Sunday, 8:00 – 10:30 PM

@ Bowery Poetry Club – New York, NY

308 Bowery (between Bleeker St & E. Houston St)

Directions: 6/F/M train to Bleeker and walk.

Hosted by Mason Granger

Signups and doors open at 8 pm. Open Mic starts at 8:30 pm, 20 three-minute slots available (first come, first serve). Feature poet.

Admission: $10 ($8 in advance)


OPEN MIC FOR POETS

@ Queens Central Library

89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY, 11432, (718) 990-0700

One Sunday per Month – Library Determines Schedule

Hosted by Micah Eaton Zevin

The Queens Central Library’s Open Mic for Poets is the kind you miss in the summertime, when it usually goes on hiatus. This open mic may not be one of the most well attended, but I find it to be one of the most well nurturing. The host, Micah, does a good job of selecting features that leave you entertained and enlightened.


SPOKEN WORD SUNDAYS

presented by Great Weather for Media

Every Sunday

4:00 – 6:00 PM

@ The Parkside Lounge – Lower East Side, New York, NY

317 East Houston St.

Small admission fee plus 2 drink minimum

Featured readers and a poetry open mic.

Don’t make assumptions based on Parkside Lounge’s neon pink “GRILL” sign out front. Food is not served here, just drinks. Because of the 2 drink minimum, some may not be able to afford attending every week. Still, try to come every now and then to hear some top notch poetry that may inspire your pen to reach higher levels.

It’s great how host David Lawton opens up the mic with a unique process: the ringing of a bell. It’s a practice that dates far back in history, as bells were believed to be capable of driving out unwelcome spirits. Lawton asks the bell to drive out any energy not conducive to the atmosphere and open up a space for artistry to be shared.

VARIOUS

TIP: To find latest info or upcoming dates of an open mic listed, do a Facebook or Instagram Search of Open Mic’s name, venue, or host/curator.


Innovations Creative Arts Center (Home of Queens Underground Poets)
198-20 Linden Blvd, Saint Albans (Queens), NY 11412, 917-387-8311

Proverbs says that iron sharpens iron. At Innovations Creative Arts Center you will definitely get your verbal sword and artistic blade sharpened, as great talent is guaranteed to grace the stage. Come share the energy. They have poetry themed events throughout the week, including Ron Service’s jazz open mic on Fridays.


South of France (Spanish Restaurant)
1800 Westchester Ave (The Bronx), 718-823-1133

Usually has a monthly open mic on a select Friday at 7:30 pm
with free admission and two drink minimum.

Hub 17 NYC (Home of The Edgewater Monthly Reading Series)
73 Wave Street, Staten Island, 917-558-5271

SOLACE Open Mic Nights (Department of Homeless Services)
Usually one Thursday out of the month.
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Curated by "Sandra Bizzybody Wallace," look her up on Facebook for latest info.
This open mic is held inside a women's homeless shelter.
Everyone is welcome. Live music.
Contact Person(s): Ms. Wallace, Rm 114A / Ms. Lance Rm 232

Salon 127: A Poetry Open Mic (The Langston Hughes House)
20 East 127th St (Harlem, NY), 929-344-1179

Curated by the "I, Too Arts Collective." Sign up with host, Fred Collier, upon arrival.
Usually monthly, on a Friday, 8 pm - 11 pm

Green Earth Poets Café
 
Follow them on social media to learn of upcoming events or for more info call
516-670-4868. GEP Café usually has open mics and various events at The Brownsville
Heritage House/Stone Ave Public Library (581 Mother Gaston Blvd, at Dumont Ave,
2nd Fl, Brooklyn, 718-385-1111) and Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street,
Community Room - 2nd Fl, Brooklyn). 

Curated by Curtis Harris (Dope Records). Admission is usually free, but donations
are accepted. Raffles (for GEP swag and Visa gift cards) and refreshments often
provided. Rotating hosts. May require RSVP through Eventbrite.

A List of Venues That Have Held Open Mics In The Past:

Amaru Forever (Queens)

The Brooklyn Cellar (Brooklyn), 367 Bedford Ave., entrance on South 5th St.

The Gold Room (Brooklyn), 429 Rogers Ave.

Brooklyn Tea – Slyce of Lyfe Open Mic (Brooklyn), 524 Nostrand Ave.

Weeksville Gardens Community Center (Brooklyn), 1640 Pacific St.

Citizen M Hotel/CloudM rooftop lounge (Lower East Side), 189 Bowery

CryOut Cave (Newark, New Jersey), 43 Bloomfield Ave.

Julia’s (Manhattan), 818 Woodward Ave.