Los Angeles' Top Open-Mic Nights

Photo of Jasmine Ashoori
9 February 2017

As the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is a natural magnet for the talented and creative soul. Attracting artists, musicians, poets, comedians, and anyone else who has something to share, open mics are outlets for inspiration and exploration. These intimate gatherings are the true hidden gems of L.A., spreading the power of love, expression, and creativity throughout the city.

Catcher in the Rye Open-Mic Night | ©catcherintheryebar

Soapbox Sessions at Catcher in the Rye

Hosted by Soapbox Sessions every Sunday, this Toluca Lake treasure features comedy acts, poetry slams, and music; anything goes. Named after J.D. Salinger’s award winning novel, the Catcher in the Rye Bar makes book-lovers feel at home with its strong literary presence. Bookcases line the walls of the dimly lit room to create a casual living room vibe, the perfect setting for a late night performance. There is a one-drink minimum, so be sure to check out the list of classic cocktails fittingly named after classic books like Clockwork Orange and Tequila Mockingbird. (Sign up is at 7:30 pm and the show is held from 8-10 pm)
Catcher in the Rye Bar, 10550 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA, USA, +1 818 853-7835

Musician Noah Jacobsen Performing at Industry Cafe & Jazz | ©Jasmine Ashoori
Musician Noah Jacobsen Performing at Industry Cafe & Jazz | ©Jasmine Ashoori

Industry Café & Jazz

Industry Café & Jazz has extended a warm welcome to all creative souls for eight consecutive years, regularly opening its doors every Tuesday night from 10 pm to midnight. Where else can you devour an entire plate of delicious Ethiopian food while watching an array of performances, from improv jazz to chilling poetry? The intimate room and warm vibrations creates a family atmosphere built on passion, creativity, and support. Space is limited, so it is best to be early and get a more spacious booth. Check out this hidden Culver City gem and while you’re at it, treat yourself to a serving of the the ice cream sweet potato plate.
Industry Café & Jazz, 6039 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA, +1 310 202 6633

Tribal Café Open-Mic Venue | © Jasmine Ashoori
Tribal Café Open-Mic Venue | © Jasmine Ashoori

Echo Park Open-Mic Fest

Los Angeles Word Salon Weekly Flyer
Los Angeles Word Salon Weekly Flyer | © losangeleswordsalon
During the day, this little hipster hole-in-the-wall may seem like yet another L.A. eatery with an all things green, organic muse. But after dark every Sunday through Thursday, Tribal Café transforms into an open-mic showcase featuring comics, musicians, rap/hip-hop performances, and other forms of self expression. There is a $6 minimum purchase requirement, so be prepared to feed your hunger with more than just spoken word. The rich performances, community coffee joint feel, extensive vegan and vegetarian options, and artwork on the walls make Tribal Café an ideal spot to see and be seen, for both the audiences and performers alike.

Los Angeles Word Salon

Held every Sunday from 6-10 pm in Echo Park, LAWS is a weekly installment of songs, poetry, discussion, and open-mic performances that welcomes all to listen and share. Each gathering follows a different theme selected from a crafty little wooden box of suggestions. Acting as an art gallery, music venue, and bar, this creative multicultural spot invites artists to express themselves on stage while inspiring and engaging the audience through discussion. Be sure to check out their artsy website for a taste of LAWS, including weekly themes, event photos, and artwork.
Los Angeles Word Salon, 1836 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA

UnUrban Santa Monica Coffeehouse Open-Mic | © Shabnam Ferdowsi
UnUrban Santa Monica Coffeehouse Open-Mic | © Shabnam Ferdowsi

UnUrban Coffeehouse

Located in Santa Monica, this bohemian-style coffeehouse hosts a variety of events throughout the week, featuring an open-mic series that includes comedy on Tuesday nights, poetry every Wednesday, and music on Fridays from 9 to 11:30 pm. The Unurban supports local Santa Monica artists and welcomes both new and old souls for an evening of artwork and entertainment. Head over to UnUrban for an unforgettable night fueled by artistic passions, freedom of expression, and a strong community feel.
UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 315-0056

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