Music City Brings Melody To The Mic At These Local Open Mic Spots

Open Mic Nights in Music City bring out glitz, glitter, and talent. If you are from out of town, or haven’t played a venue before, Open Mic is the best way to begin. Nashville caters to local and out of town singers and songwriters. A city that values and celebrates music, you will find you are always welcome to sing for your supper, applause, or foot in the door. 

Open Mic nights provide musicians with an opportunity to not only gain experience, but test new material and gauge audience reaction. If you’re looking for a great way to spend and evening in Music City, attending an Open Mic night at Bluebird Cafe, 2 Hippies, or Cafe Coco is a great way to be entertained and discover new artists. Often you’ll find songwriter clubs and artists in the round – scenes where experienced and well-known musicians come out and perform. 

In Music City, Open Mic is a sacred night. Celebrated, respected, and cheered. It takes courage to commit to your craft and to put yourself out there, and Nashvillians are always happy to cheer on a newcomer and revere a seasoned hand. So grab your mic, tune your guitar, and hit the stage. We’re waiting for you. 



A great spot if you're into blues and it's like. Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar delivers talent, fun, and the perfect excuse to boogie. Located in Nashville's famous Printers Alley, this Big Easy-style restaurant is famous for great music...  Read More

The Family Wash
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The Family Wash is a cozy and laid back venue in East Nashville. The talent is always cheered with the songwriters stage beckoning. A former laundromat, this hangout is an ideal place for a night of live music, good beer (or wine!), and simple...  Read More



A fun and funky joint, the music goes on late at Tin Roof. This popular live music venue is a staple in the Nashville nightlife scene. There's always a variety of songwriters performing, and the patrons are glad to listen. Featuring live music...  Read More

Elliston Place


One of the more prominent stages, and Open Mic Night bars, Exit/Inn always draws a crowd. A popular spot for up-and-coming artists (along with those who have already made a name for themselves), this club hosts everyone from local punk bands to...  Read More

Douglas' Corner Cafe
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Although located in an unassuming building, Douglas' Corner Cafe has one of the top open mic nights in Nashville. With past performers like Garth Brooks, its easy to see why songwriters looking to break into the industry flock here. Come listen...  Read More

Listening Room Cafe


The name says it all. Come to listen, to savor melody and to bask in song. Although relatively new to the scene, the Listen Room Cafe's open mic night is one of the best in Nashville, TN. Located in the historic Cummins Station building in...  Read More

Elliston Place
Cafe Coco


Lovely and charming, Cafe Coco is a favorite of Nashvillians. A musicians haven, the crowd is always primed and all ages and avenues of perfumers are welcomed. Bring your Johnny Cash or your Vampire Weekend - you'll find an audience for both....  Read More

The Bluebird Cafe
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The legendary stage is known around the world. While seasoned musicians perform nightly at the cafe, newcomers are welcomed with open arms. Bluebird Caf is a must-see for all music fans. The quiet, smoke-free venue is a great place to hear...  Read More


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