Open Mic Nights in L.A.: Be the Next Big Hollywood Star!

Los Angeles is the place that stars are made – just talk a walk through Hollywood and look at the sidewalk, where over 5,000 actual commemorative stars are embedded, memorializing those who gained fame and fortune here. The talent in this town is overflowing, which is why Open Mic Nights are so popular here. Many places – like the famed Pig 'N Whistle in the heart of Hollywood, the Gardenia Supper Club in West Hollywood, the Tuesday Night Cafe in DTLA and the Kibitz Room at Canter's Deli -- have been hosting wannabe stars for decades, on specific nights of the week specifically devoted to open mic. Other popular spots, like our Number One pick, the Tribal Cafe, actually offer a chance for walk-in patrons to perform seven days of the week. Some places require a two-drink minimum and assess a cover charge at the door, while others offer free entry (in the hopes that patrons will spend a bit on drinks and eats during the shows). Performers are advised to check the details of each place, as some Open Mic Nights are so popular that signing up for a spot in the night's lineup requires advance reservations. But many operate on a first-come, first-served basis, which means when you are ready for your close up, you're well advised to be the first through the door on Open Mic Night here in the city where performing dreams often really do come true.

Tuesday Night Cafe
Photo courtesy of Dustin Hamano

When it comes to Open Mic Nights in Los Angeles, there's nothing quite like the Tuesday Night Cafe, a part of the larger Tuesday Night Project. Every first and third Tuesday of the month from April to October, enthusiastic crowds gather under...  Read More

Begun in Chicago as ImprovOlympic Theatre in 1981, iO West is an offshoot of that famed comedy troupe (which shortened its name to iO Theatre as the years passed). The western version of the theater opened in 1997 and has been wowing audiences...  Read More

Suzy's Bar & Grill Hermosa Beach
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Suzy's Bar & Grill Hermosa Beach has been keeping South Bay party lovers happy for decades, with its dive-bar vibe, live music stage and reasonably priced comfort food. Go on Tuesdays when it's been Open Mic Night since 1995 and enjoy...  Read More

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Photo courtesy of Marcin Wichary

The Upright Citizens Brigade is made up of comedians Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. It all started with those "UCB4," who produced their own sketch show, the "Upright Citizens Brigade," for three seasons on Comedy Central...  Read More

At El Cid, they have been showcasing local talent since 1963; this Silverlake landmark hosts one of the best (and oldest) Open Mic Nights in Los Angeles. Every Monday, there's a variety show atmosphere as the performers range across the board,...  Read More

The Gardenia Supper Club in West Hollywood loves to hear people sing. The club has had one of the best open mic nights in Los Angeles for the past 15 years. The weekly Tuesday night sessions are hosted by singer Keri Kelsey and go from 9 p.m. to...  Read More

Pig 'N Whistle

It's fun to imagine the Hollywood heavyweights who have hung out at the Pig 'N Whistle since it opened in the heart of Tinseltown back in 1927. Back in the day, regular customers included Cary Grant, Shirley Temple and Clark Gable; since...  Read More

The Improv Space encourages talet of all types to step up to the mic. Located in Westwood just steps from UCLA, the club provides a supportive, fun atmosphere for solo comedians or larger improv groups to throw caution to the wind and let it all...  Read More

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District
Canter's Deli
Photo courtesy of Canter's Deli

Canter's Deli has a special performance space known as the "Kibitz Room"; there, every Sunday night from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m, singers can belt out a couple of songs in the room where, on other late nights (go there around 2 a.m.) people like...  Read More

Echo Park

As Tribal Cafe says, "Our open mics are 'mixed' – open to comics, musicians, bands, spoken words, rap/hiphop, multimedia and other creative forms of self expressions." The Echo Park cafe is a cheerful neighborhood hangout that keeps the mic...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny

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