105 Grape St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Grape Room is the place to go in the Manayunk area for good music and dancing. Monday night is open mic night hosted by Justin Phillippi. The doors open at 7 p.m. Sign up at 8 p.m. to perform. The sound system is pretty good, so it’s the perfect place to try out your music with the crowd. The bartenders are friendly, and the beverage selection is reasonably priced. It’s a great way to spend a Monday night.
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Take in an open mic night at the World Cafe’s Philly Rising Open Mic night. The festivities take place on Monday night upstairs. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. Performances start at 7:00 p.m. The open mic night at World Cafe Live offers a monthly prize package which includes, discounted studio time at Tribesound Studios, a spin on 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes Radio Show, a featured performance at a future Philly Rising Event and a write-up in That Mag Music Magazine. Annual prizes include an option to record a 4-5 song EP at The Boom Room, a Guest Host Spot on 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes Show, a photo shoot with DomPhotography.com LLC, a Rock On Philly write up, a show downstairs at World Cafe Live presented by the HYPE!, a spot in the Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival and a spot in HYPE!’s (Unofficial) SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas.
412 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
The Fire first opened their doors in 2001 and is still one of the leading venues for local Philly music. The artist-friendly establishment is a great way to try out your music on the locals, and open mic night is the perfect time to do so. Open mic night happens every Monday and is hosted by Cowmuddy. Take advantage of the drink specials, and for an extra $15.00, you can record your performance. For more info on recording, check out www.freshproducestudios.com.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
McGillin’s Olde Ale House, one of the oldest and most loved pubs in Philadelphia, has an open mic night every Thursday night and should not be missed. The food is reasonably priced and McGillin’s offers a wide selection of brews on tap. Be sure to bring your full game when performing for open mic night; rumor has it that the competition is tougher than American Idol.
1315 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Time scores the perfect trifecta as a restaurant, whiskey bar & taproom and music venue. The whiskey lounge offers the perfect mood for open mic night that happens every Tuesday night with The Living Sample from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Come early and have a delicious meal in the nouveau style dining room before your big performance in front a friendly audience.
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