Given Denver’s active music scene, it should come as no surprise that open mic nights are in abundance all over town. Open mics are great places for newcomers and up and comers to practice performing in front of an audience or for established artists to test new material on an unsuspecting crowd. For music lovers, they are great places to hang out and discover new talent, and for those on a budget, open mics are usually free! If you’re a musician looking for an opportunity to get your songs heard, or if you’re a fan looking for some great free entertainment, here’s are some popular open mics in Denver that are worth checking out.
1967 S. Broadway Denver, Colorado 80210
Wednesday Night – Sign up starts at 8 and the jam kicks off at 8:30.
Bushwackers open stage! All you musicians are invited to this long running Bushwackers tradition, full backline is provided. Whether you want to listen to some good live music, or get on stage and strut your stuff this is the place to be tonight!
Paris on the Platte
1549 Platte Street, Denver, Colorado
Monday Night – 8pm
Denver’s oldest coffee house, plus bar and music venue! The same great coffee, affordable wine list, cocktails and CO beers.Open 7 days a week, early to late. It is a Denver staple!
DADA Art Bar
2470 Broadway Denver, Colorado
Wednesday Night – 7pm to 11pm
DADA Art Bar is committed to the advancement of artistic expression within the Denver community as a vital cultural force. It is our goal to support and develop the capacity of local, national, and international artists to reach Denver’s public with a platform for exposure as well as commerce. DADA Art Bar will be a space for the Denver community to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts.
404 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203
Live Blues Jam – Every Tuesday at 8pm
After sixty years, Jerry Feld sold his beloved Club 404, and in February 2012, the place reopened as Denver Wheel Club 404. But that incarnation never really got on a roll, and in November 2012, 404 Broadway changed ownership again. It’s been bought by Kevin Geraghty, owner of the defunct (and still missed) Brendan’s Pub, who dubbed the spot Brendan’s 404 Pub.
Lincoln’s Road House
1201 S. Pearl St. Denver, Colorado 80210
Wednesdays are reserved for the Acoustic open-mic
John Steideman hosts in open mic that brings out an eclectic mix of outstanding musicians.
Located in the Washington Park/DU neighborhood, Lincolns Roadhouse is one of Denver’s best places to see live music, meet for drinks or get a bite to eat.
2701 Larimer Street, Denver, Colorado
Tuesday Open Mic at 8pm
Denver’s Most Intimate Venue is housed in a building that was built originally in 1885. A part of Denver’s historic Ballpark Neighborhood, 2701 Larimer Street it is a true gem with its ornate tin cornice and cast iron store front. However, it was the basement’s rock walls that sold the owner on creating the bar down below the street – for its warmth and sensation of comfort.
Bistro Al Vino
15352 E. Ida Drive Centennial, Colorado 80015
Tuesday Nights 7pm to Midnight
Centennial’s Bistro Al Vino is not only a popular wine and martini bistro, but also one of the area’s most popular open mic nights. The restaurant and bar opens its doors to talented musicians every Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. It accommodates solo artists as well as full bands, no matter the style of music. If you check it out, be sure to reserve your time slot.
Syntax Physic Opera
554 S. Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80209
Songwriters Open Mic: Every Tuesday, sign-ups begin at 8:30pm
Syntax has successfully created a forum for local artists and musicians. To advocate for them. To watch them grow. And no, this isn’t a hippie commune, it’s the ethos that we culled from years of working with artists – seeing the good in them and hearing what it is that they need from a venue, from a talent buyer, the sound guy and what their long term goals are for their art.
4923 W. 38th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80212
Acoustic Open Mic: Every Monday at 8 pm
Blues Jam: Every Wednesday at 8pm
Check out Ziggie’s Monday acoustic open mic, admission is free, the music is amazing and the drink specials can’t be beat. Ziggies is Denver’s premier blues club, so rest assured Monday is not the only night you can join in on the fun. Jam nights run every day of the week, and on Tuesdays, you’re welcome groove with one of the club’s featured musicians.
4335 West 38th, Denver, CO 80221
Blues Jam: Every Sunday at 8pm
Come Hear the Best Blues in Town. Weekly Jam with Brian Hornbuckle and Friends. Tennyson’s Tap invites you to bring your guitars, basses, keyboards, drum sticks, your vocals and your talent. Jammers sign-up to get on stage! So come rip it up, or just listen and enjoy the vibe! Under 21 welcome until 10:00pm. Sign up starts at 7pm, band starts at 8pm.