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.
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