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Best Open Mic Nights In The Twin Cities

May 2, 2011 2:09 PM

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The notion of the open mic is quite an interesting one. So many different people take part in this event: the young and old, the skilled and the not-so-skilled, the nervous and the cool. Anyone can showcase their creativity.

While I admit that this could be looked at as a grandiose description, I believe my words are true. It’s debatable, but I’ll contend that everyone deserves to share their music, comedy, poems, etc. with the world — and an open mic is the perfect starting point.

So, if you would like to get in front of strangers and take over the microphone, here’s my list of some places around the Twin Cities that will let you do just that!

motoi Best Open Mic Nights In The Twin Cities



2940 South Lyndale Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Tuesday Nights (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

Located on the second floor, Moto-i’s open mic stage is surrounded by comfy couches and local artwork. Come and show your skills at the first sake bar outside of Japan!

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The Coffee Grounds

1579 Hamline Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55108

1st And 3rd Sunday Of The Month (6 p.m.)

According to its website, the Coffee Grounds’ open mic is one of the longest running in the Twin Cities. Come in early, because the deadline for signing up is 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m.

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Chatterbox Pub

2229 E 35th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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Tuesdays (8:30 p.m.)

Much like the name suggests, this place is a chatterbox. So, if you’re not quite ready for an intimate, hang-on-your-every-word kind of place, this would be a good place to begin.

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Famous Dave’s

3001 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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Sunday Blues Jam (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

This open mic night is for the blues players. Come and jam with Moses Oakland and his great band!

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Acme Comedy Co.

708 North 1st St. #G31
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Mondays (8 p.m.)

According to the website, doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the first 290 people. So, if you can make a joke or two (you’ll probably need more), try your shot at a comedy open mic! This is an 18-plus show.

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Ginkgo Coffee

721 North Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
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1st And 3rd Wednesday (7 p.m.)

Sign up for this open mic starting at 6:30 p.m. According to the website, the open stage is run with a lottery system, meaning names are drawn to see who will perform in each slot. This means you don’t have to try to get there too early to be the first to sign up!

wilebskis blues saloon Best Open Mic Nights In The Twin Cities


Wilebski’s Blues Saloon

1638 Rice St.
St. Paul, MN 55117
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Mondays (6 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

Try out the open jam with Kyle Fletcher. As the establishment’s name implies, this place welcomes blues players, but will accept basically anybody!

plums Best Open Mic Nights In The Twin Cities

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Plums Neighborhood Bar & Grill

480 South Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
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Sundays (9 p.m.)

The open mic starts at 9 p.m., but make sure to sign up early, as it fills up quickly!

dunn bros Best Open Mic Nights In The Twin Cities


Dunn Bros On Grand

1569 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105
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2nd And 4th Sunday Of The Month (8 p.m.)

For another classic coffee shop open mic, check out Dunn Bros On Grand. Apparently, the open mic host is very accommodating and the atmosphere is great.

As with all our lists, there are many other great places to go. If you have a suggestion, or if one of these open mics unfortunately shut down, please let us know by commenting below.

I hope you found my list helpful, and rock on!

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  • Will Harrison

    I host the Chatterbox Open Mic, so thanks for including us! Also, there is a grand open mic at O’Donovan’s Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis 1st and 3rd Monday nights, starting around 9-ish. Tonight, May 2, is in fact an O’D’s OM night. thanks!


  • Jim

    The Artist’s Quarter in St Paul has open mic nights every Monday.
    They have for years & years.
    A little research would have found this.

    • Metal DJ

      Go easy on the research sarcasm. This was a “Best Of” list. Not a list of “all open mic nights in MN.

  • Truth

    Should not say “best” but paid most or gave most favors to writing staff at WCCO. What a joke!

  • JA

    Blues Jams are not open mics.. and both listed here SUCK the BEST

  • tony

    i’m looking for a open mic night, mainly people playing on acoustic guitars solo without a band. Any suggestions?

    • Jon

      Minneapolis – Gingko’s on Wednesdays for acoustic… and Riverview Cafe and Wine Bar, Thursdays…

    • troy

      third thursday in farmington at ugly mug

  • Jon

    Whoops – Gingko – that would be St Paul…

  • Tim Gunderson

    Welch’s Big Ten in Arden Hills has a open mic on Wednesday 8-late. It’s open to all, comedy, spoken word, and music. Mostly acoustic guitar’s, vocalists, and harps. I’ve seen chello’s and a washtub bass. Mitch does a great job of running this one. Sign up and be prepared to entertain. Sometimes goes to an open jam format later in the evening. 6-10 players per night, with 20 minutes or so per act.

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