Done right, an open mic night can entertain patrons and introduce a new artist to music fans. Most big names in the music business started somewhere, and for plenty of musicians, it was thanks to a neighborhood bar or music venue hosting an open mic night.
Whether you're looking to try out some new songs or discover Phoenix's next big thing, here’s a list of open mic nights hosted around town. Consider it a weekly guide for budding musicians, curious patrons, or those trying to avoid 'em.
13825 North 32nd Street
For the ultimate relaxed atmosphere, Joe's Grotto hosts an acoustic open mic session every Monday night. The 21-and-over set can get in without a cover and order $3 Heineken bottles all night. Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8.
Yucca Tap Room
29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe
Hosted by Jason Messer, the open mic night sessions at Yucca Tap Room run every Monday night from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Sign-up starts at 8 p.m., and there are drink specials all night.
955 East University Drive, Tempe
This ASU hangout and sports bar hosts a weekly open mic night at 9 p.m.
Kimmyz Tatum Point
4601 East Bell Road
Every Tuesday, Kimmyz Sports Bar & Grill up at Tatum Point hosts an open mic jam starting at 7 p.m. There will be rock, blues, country, and solo acoustic sessions. FYI: Amps, drums, and a P.A. are usually provided.
Rúla Búla Irish Pub
401 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Mill Avenue's Irish-themed staple hosts a weekly open jam session every Tuesday starting at 8:30 p.m.
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Neighboring Tempe Town Lake, the Tempe Center for the Arts offers Walk-In Wednesdays – an open mic night offered to local musicians and poets. Microphones, music stands, and a P.A. system are provided, and there's no cover charge. Sign up is at 5:45 p.m., and performers go from 6 to 10 p.m.
Terroir Wine Pub
7001 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
The people at Terroir Wine Pub want to know if you can play an instrument. If your answer to this call is yes, then the Scottsdale wine bar wants you to bring it on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. The music goes till 10 p.m.
Tim Finnegan's Irish Restaurant & Bar
9201 North 29th Avenue
A Metrocenter-area pub, Tim Finnegan's Irish Restaurant & Bar hosts an open mic night every Wednesday at 9 p.m. so you can pair live music with your Guinness.
3131 East Thunderbird Road
Pair your pizza and beer with live music at Fatso’s Pizza. Open mic night runs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Musicians are asked to sign up by 5:30.
Talebu Coffee & Wine Café
2095 North Alma School Road, #2, Chandler
Around since 1997, the Talebu Coffee & Wine Café offers wine, coffee, and open mic opportunities every Friday at 7 p.m. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m., and it’s first-come, first-served. Musicians are asked to perform in 15-minute intervals, or three songs total.
Third Place Cup
21805 South Ellsworth Road, #102, Queen Creek
This Queen Creek coffeehouse features live music, thanks to the Third Place Cup open mic night starting at 7 p.m.
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Chop & Wok
10425 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
The classic Chinese food joint in in Scottsdale with the personality-heavy décor hosts an open mic session every other Saturday night at 9 p.m.
2547 East Indian School Road
This Arcadia-area biker hangout hosts plenty of bands, and holds an open mic night every other Sunday at 5 p.m.
Dubliner Irish Pub
3841 East Thunderbird Road
Founded in 1985, the Dubliner Irish Pub offers the weekly Open Mic with Krystal. The music runs from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
7346 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale
Sunday means open mic sessions with local musicians every week. Order up some spicy spring rolls and enjoy live music from 6:30 to 10 p.m. each week.