The Best Open Mic Venues In Oakland & Berkeley

Jazz & Syria Quintet at Freight & Salvage © Eric Golub/Flickr
Jazz & Syria Quintet at Freight & Salvage © Eric Golub/Flickr
Photo of Nicole Arca
15 November 2016

Whether you’re a rising artist looking to perform at an intimate venue or simply a person who’s craving live music and perhaps some good poetry, here’s a list of the best live music and open mic venues in Oakland and Berkeley to satisfy your needs.

The Starry Plough Pub

Want some chilled vibes and great fries? The Starry Plough has both. Located on the perimeter of Oakland and Berkeley, this Bay Area favorite always attracts a good crowd for its live music and poetry slams. If you’re free on a Tuesday night, you won’t want to miss the open mic, where a variety of artists — from slam poets to folk musicians — share their craft.The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 510 841 0188

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

Freight & Salvage is the ideal blend of atmosphere and performance. Not only is it absolutely beautiful — complete with state-of-the-art acoustics (especially for a coffeehouse) and warm lighting — but you can also drink wine or coffee while enjoying the performances of the night. Can’t call in a babysitter? No worries; the vibe at Freight & Salvage is kid-friendly.

The Octopus Literary Salon

Bookstore, Shop
Although The Octopus Literary Salon is small in size, it effectively serves as a coffee shop, bookstore, and live poetry venue. You’ll love The Octopus’s artsy feel, captured by its décor (bookshelves on bookshelves and porcelain plateware).

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